Archive - 2014
Thelma Catherine "Pat" Bryington, 93, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all, of Gifford, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Born Nov. 5, 1920 in St. Mary's she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Beatrice (Baumgratz) Loichinger. She was raised in Kane and attended Kane High School and worked at the Kane Shirt Factory.
On Feb. 2, 1946 at St. Callistus Church in Kane she married Harry A. Bryington, who died on Aug. 12, 1975.
The search continues for the next St. Marys Area School District Superintendent.
Recently the SMASD Board of Directors completed the initial screening phase of the search which entailed a selection process.
A total of 15 candidates initially applied for the position, none of whom were current staff members according to Robert Luchini, board president.
During the preliminary assessment the board reviewed every candidate's application documents and background research in order to determine how each applicant corresponds to the expected qualifications of the superintendent.
In celebrating their 65-year anniversary the St. Marys Rotary Club plans to continue to give back to the community by donating a large clock set to be displayed along the General Edward Meyer Boulevard in downtown St. Marys.
The $50,000 clock will stand 16 ft. high and is made of cast aluminum in a black finish with gold leaf highlights and brass clockworks. It designed in a Victorian theme which will complement the city's theme.
St. Marys City Council gave its unanimous approval of the project and to accept the clock as a gift to the community.
The annual Food for Fines program at the St. Marys Public Library will take place from Monday, April 14 through Saturday, April 19 in conjunction with National Library Week. A staple at the library over the past few years, the program allows patrons to bring in nonperishable food items for the Christian Food Bank and receive up to $1 off of their existing or new fines on overdue books or movies or have the fines completely eliminated if the book or movie is over two months overdue.
Francis S. Lavella, 76, of Brockway, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Chandler, Ariz.
He was born Sept. 28, 1937 and raised in Crenshaw. He was the son of the late Frank and Melinda Lavella. He married Veronica Armanini on Sept. 26, 1959, and she survives. They celebrated 54 years of marriage.
Two new principals positions are on the agenda for approval by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors during their upcoming Monday evening meeting.
Fox Township and Bennetts Valley Elementary Principal Christine Kuhar will likely be transferred to the South St. Marys Street Elementary School principal position, which is being vacated following the retirement of current Principal Robert Grumley at the conclusion of the 2014 school year.
The St. Marys Area High School Flying Dutchmen mascot is a state champion in a roundabout way winning the first round of the USA TODAY High School Sports' Best Mascot, garnering the top votes out of seven Pennsylvania high school finalists.
SMAHS ranked second in the country in total votes with 7,684. The initial field of candidates began with 408 of America's top high school nicknames.
Votes may be cast by visiting the contest website at http://contest.usatodayhss.com/. The contest includes America's strangest, most interesting and just plain comical mascots.
The third annual Race for Education, a fundraising event under the direction of the Elk County Catholic School System PTO, is currently underway. This year's goal is $30,000 and the endeavor will conclude with an hour-long walk for students and supporters on Friday, May 9. All of the funds raised this year will be put toward educational programs and the purchase of classroom resources.
In addition to being a fundraiser, the project has also proved to be a learning experience for students at all levels of the school system, according to ECCHS Campus Minister Fr. Ross Miceli.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch baseball team saw their record slip to 1-2 on the season as they lost an 8-3 contest to the Punxsutawney Chucks Thursday afternoon at Berwind Park.
An infield single by Justin Eckert with the bases loaded in the home half of the seventh inning gave the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch a 3-2 victory over the Brookville Raiders Wednesday at Berwind Park.