July 24th, 2014
KERSEY â€“ A new addition to Saint Boniface Parish is a wooden carving of the saint himself, created by Rick Boni, co-founder of Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous.
The masterpiece, carved from bass wood, a favorite of the hand carvers, stands to the left of the altar in the church in Kersey.
"Father Jim Faluszczak gave me some key points that he wanted to see in the piece," Boni said, explaining the initial project took at least seven weeks to complete. "It's such a long time to focus on one piece and that really takes a lot of discipline."
The St. Marys American Legion Post 103 squad would have needed to beat undefeated Albion twice on Wednesday afternoon in order to claim the title in this year's Region 8 Tournament, but ended up being overpowered by the host team in the first game and finishing as the runner-up following an 8-0 loss.
The outcry over the removal of trees along SR 255 continues as St. Marys resident Monica Radkowski voiced her dismay during a recent city council meeting.
"South St. Marys Street is what it is now. We lost the trees, we're getting these infiltration basins. PennDOT can paint the picture with whatever brush they want to paint it with, but it's downright ugly," Radkowski said.
RIDGWAY â€“ The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held its monthly executive board meeting in Ridgway on Wednesday morning to discuss current projects and initiatives, as well as future and past budgeting issues.
Antoinette â€śNetâ€ť Schatz, 84, of Cherry Avenue, Weedville, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born March 12, 1930 in Byrnedale, daughter of the late Anthony and Rose Marie Asalone.
She was married to Alvin Schatz who preceded her in death in 2000.
She was a homemaker, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Force and the Byrnedale Senior Center. She enjoyed time with her family. She lived all her life in Bennetts Valley.
The St. Marys American Legion Post 103 team defeated Corry 7-4 on Tuesday afternoon in an elimination game in the Region 8 Tournament, and then handed Millcreek their second loss, 6-5, later that evening to advance to the final day of the Region 8 Tournament, which is being held at Northwestern High School in Albion.
Today's action will see undefeated Albion taking on French Creek Valley at 10 a.m. with the winner meeting St. Marys at 1 p.m.
During Monday's St. Marys City Council meeting Mayor Bob Howard confirmed the Aug. 23 closing of Giant Eagle and that a search for a replacement business is underway.
"Filling this void will be a very high priority of the city," Howard stated.
According to Howard, the city had already contacted perspective businesses to move into the location.
The city was made aware of the closing via an e-mail sent to Howard.
A contractor is shown recently cleaning out debris clogging the Elk Creek in the area of Fourth Street in downtown St. Marys.
Harold Bruce Owens, 72, of Steelton, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill.
Born June 5, 1942 in Clearfield, he was the son of the late Arthur Milton and Gazel Marie Wallace Owens. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Ann Winslow Shrubb Owens.
He was a lifetime member and past president (1984) of the Engineers Society of Pennsylvania, and a Patron Life Member of the National Rifle Association of America.Â
Barbara M. Knepley, 68, of Millersville, Md., died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, July 20, 2014 after a brief struggle with cancer and a longer struggle against dementia.
Barbara was born to the late Charles and Ruth Wegemer on April 1, 1946 in St. Marys.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1968. She devoted 32 years of her life as an outstanding educator with 29 of those years in the Prince George's County Public Schools.