July 29th, 2014
As the state Route 255 construction project continues, inquiries have been made regarding the newly reconstructed Arch Street intersection. The new layout includes an alignment of the West Arch intersection with East Arch Street. Due to this, a curve was created at the entrance of West Arch.
St. Marys City Councilman Greg Gebauer voiced his concern stating a fire truck would not make the turn if positioned in the right turn lane traveling south. Gebauer is a volunteer with the Crystal Fire Department.
It may have been chilly and overcast on Tuesday morning, but that did not deter roughly 150 area youngsters between the ages of four and 15 from turning out for Benzinger Park's annual Park Day. This marked the 37th year for the event, which got underway at 10 a.m. and continued through the early afternoon.
"We're really pleased with the turnout," said Benzinger Park Director John Schneider. "It (150) is a good number just to keep the events moving and keep the kids interested and involved."
RIDGWAY â€“ A St. Marys man was sentenced Monday for charges involving over 311 images of child pornography found on his computer.
Donald Henry Blessel, 36, was sentenced to nine to 24 months, less one day, of incarceration in Elk County Prison and three years of probation for the felony offenses of sexual abuse of children and possession of child pornography, both to which he pleaded guilty on March 14. He maintains the possibility of work release as the sexual offender assessment determined that he isn't a sexually violent predator and there was no identifiable victim in this case.
RIDGWAY – The Elk County Conservation District held its regular monthly meeting on Monday to discuss the creation and continuation of several projects, a search for a new employee and the new state budget. Among the projects that were discussed at the meeting were continuing assistance in flood cleanup, a West Creek Wetland project and a dirt and gravel road program. The West Creek Wetland project is currently waiting on a reconstruction estimate that should be received by this Wednesday at the latest, while both of the other projects have been underway and will continue.
Reading 1,000 books may sound like a daunting task, especially when those books are being read to youngsters with short attention spans. However, the St. Marys Public Library is encouraging parents to do just that through their new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which is being implemented this fall.
Sara Jane Beimel, 70, of 686 Shelvey Summit Rd., Kersey, died on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at her residence after an illness of the past year.
She was born Dec. 25, 1943, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Kathryn Thomas.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1961. She worked for many years as a beautician at her shop and also served as secretary of Jireh Lanes in Kersey, which her family owns.
On Sept. 1, 1962, in the St. Boniface Church, she married Harold C. Beimel, who survives.
Ardis M. Lunder, 83, of Oknefski Road, Ridgway, died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Penn Highland Elk.
She was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Ridgway, daughter of George W. and Melva E. Kelly Oknefski.
She married Leo W. Lunder, he predeceased her on March 30, 1981.
She had resided in Ridgway all of her life. She was a graduate of Ridgway Area High School, Class of 1948. Ardis enjoyed dancing, baking, sewing and gardening.
Carol L. VanVoorhis, 73, of Benezette, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital of Pittsburgh after a short illness.
She was born Feb. 26, 1941 in Penfield, daughter of the late Frank and Martha (Moorehouse) Rucinski.
On July 19, 1969, she married Thomas R. VanVoorhis, who preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 2002.
Carol lived all her life in Bennetts Valley. She retired from Metaldyne of St. Marys and enjoyed gardening and bingo.
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The recently formed St. Marys Emergency Management Committee is looking to work closely with the city and local emergency services in becoming more prepared to aid residents in times of emergencies and natural disasters.
"We want to get St. Marys to the point where we're self-sufficient. Where we can handle most incidents that occur within the city," said Councilman Greg Gebauer.
According to Gebauer, the formation of the committee was prompted by the May flooding disaster and having to work with various emergency services within the community.