November 24th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ Ron McMinn, a director on the Elk County Conservation District's board of directors for 44 years, has decided to retire, making Monday's board meeting the last that he will serve as an active director.
McMinn, who started his work with the conservation district in 1970, said that it was time to step down so that some younger people could come onto the board.
"I felt it's time for younger blood to come, and I'm a firm believer of that," he said.
RIDGWAY â€“ Richard Alan Poage of Ridgway appeared in Elk County Court Monday for sentencing in four cases.
Poage entered a plea of "nolo contendere" or no contest for a felony charge of receiving stolen property. With the entry of a no contest plea, the defendant neither admits guilt nor disputes the evidence.
It is alleged that Poage came to be in possession of an ATV belonging to Scott Lowe. He was sentenced to 15-48 months of incarceration in a state correctional facility with credit for time served of 143 days.
Orville Kenneth Meeks, 75, of 85 Paddocks Dr., Ridgway, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 12, 1939 in Marlinton, W. Va., son of the late Calvin and Mary (Delhunty) Meeks.
He married Marvina Ann Waugh on Oct. 15, 1960.
He had resided in Ridgway for the last 40 years, and he a was a former Marlinton, W.Va. resident.
He was a graduate of the Greenbank High School in Greenbank, W.Va.
Orville was Methodist by faith, and he had been employed by Elcam, Inc. as a machinist for 12 years.
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved awarding a bid in the amount of $31,564 for analytical services at the wastewater treatment.
Lad Kornacki, wastewater treatment plant chief operator, said the services are for tests and parameters they do not run in-house.
Bid proposals were sent out Sept. 24. Four out of six labs submitted bids for the project.
The bid was awarded to Analytical Services of Brockway who was the lowest bidder.
MT. JEWETT â€“Â Len Groshek, Land Management Group Supervisor and Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, described the harvest on the first day of bear season as being "average," with 66 animals having been processed at the bear check station located at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall as of 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
A total of just over 600 people attended one of the three tours of St. Joseph Monastery hosted by local historian Ray Beimel this past weekend, and the tours gave community members of all ages the opportunity to get a firsthand look at many of the places that made up the daily lives of the Benedictine Sisters who lived at the facility.
The first stop on the tour was the convent chapel, which is located in the newest building in the complex, having been constructed in 1934. The current chapel, Beimel noted, is actually the second chapel to be built at the convent.
Theresa McFall, 49, of 759 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 12, 1965, a daughter of the late James Dornish and Helen Samick Dornish Beck Fredrickson, who survives, of St. Marys.
Theresa was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the Elk Baptist Church. She had worked as a care nurse for many years and also had her own cleaning business. She was a fun loving person who enjoyed being with her family and friends, and who lived life to the fullest.
William J. Folmar, 78 of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Karthaus, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.
He was born Oct. 30, 1936 in Clearfield, son of the late Irvin and Elsie Folmar. Bill proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a flight engineer retiring with a rank of Master Sargent. After his retirement from the Air Force in 1974, he then worked in the Karthaus post office, retiring in 1997 as the postmaster.
Earl Dennis Crosby, 78, of Pine, Ariz., and formerly of St. Marys, died in the early morning of Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 in Payson Regional Medical Center in Arizona after recurring health complications caused his heart to stop.
Dennis, as he was known to his friends, moved to Pine, Ariz. two and half years ago with his sister from Colorado. He was born July 6, 1936 in Warren and lived in St. Marys where he went to school at Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School and Central Catholic High School. After graduation, his family moved to North Olmsted (Cleveland), Ohio.
John H. Clark, 60, of 105 Darr St., St. Marys, died peacefully at his home Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.
He was born Jan. 30, 1954, a son of the late Robert and Margaret McDonald Clark.
John was a graduate of Ridgway Area High School, Class of 1972, and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served from 1974-1976. He was a member of the CMF and had been employed at St. Marys Carbon Company for more than 40 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.