June 27th, 2014
During their special meeting Friday evening the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors named Karen Cataldo of East Berlin as the new South St. Marys Street Elementary School assistant principal.
Cataldo will begin her duties on Aug. 22 as she assists new SSMSE Principal Chrissy Kuhar, former principal at Bennetts Valley and Fox Township Elementary schools.
The newly created position carries a salary of $60,000.
With the potential of a Marcellus Shale drilling well site in St. Marys' future, City Council members explored an active Elk County well site owned by Seneca Resources, Corp. on Thursday evening.
As part of the tour city officials took in live drilling rig operations, active pipeline construction and viewed a reclaimed well site from five years ago.
Plans are moving along for Seneca Resources' $10 million seismic testing plan in St. Marys with well plans yet to be determined.
Arthur Salvadore Aiello, 87 of 90 Forrest St., Ridgway, died peacefully surrounded by family Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1926 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Gennaro and Frances (Chirillo) Aiello.
He was born and raised in "the flats" of Johnsonburg along with his many brothers and sisters. He married Betty "Pete" Johnson in 1950 and enjoyed 64 years of marriage.
Eric R. Long, 44, of Denver, Colo., and a former resident of St. Marys, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at his residence.
He was born March 4, 1970 in St. Marys, son of the late Georgia Erich Long, who died May 22, 2008 and George R. Long, who survives of St. Marys. He was a 1988 graduate of St. Marys Area High School and a 1992 graduate of Penn State University. He was currently employed as a systems engineer.
Eric enjoyed hiking, camping, traveling, hunting, and anything outdoors.
Catherine E. Urey, 64, of 201 Elk Ave., Johnsonburg, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born on July 11, 1949, a daughter of the late Charles Miller and Violet Rex Mowrey.
Cathy was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, class of 1968. She worked at Metaldyne for many years and also drove school bus for a number of years. She liked to hunt and she greatly enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.
RIDGWAY â€“ After over five hours of jury deliberation Thursday, Judge Richard Masson declared a mistrial in the trial of Brandon Michael Weidow.
Masson told the court that the jury foreperson had met with him in the presence of council and stated that the jury was unable to render a verdict on any or all of the charges, nor was there any expectation that they would reach a verdict. Weidow declined to comment.
A few members of St. Marys City Council toured a Seneca Resources Marcellus Shale well site on Thursday evening. The Clermont Pad D well site, also known as Ensign 125, is located in Jones Township, Elk County and encompasses close to seven acres. In addition to observing live drilling rig operations the councilmen also viewed active pipeline construction.
The Concert Choir of Elk County will be performing the national anthem at the Pirates game this Sunday, June 29. The Pirates will be taking on the New York Mets with the game set to begin at 1:35 p.m.
"It's really quite a thrill to go out there and hear our name announced and the crowd cheer," said choir member Jack Cleaver.
Aside from singing the anthem, the choir's men's quartet will be singing "God Bless America" following the seventh inning stretch. The men's quartet members are Ron Capuano, Grover Slater, David Carr and Cleaver.
Donald R. Williams, 71, of St. Marys, died with his family by his side at Hershey Medical Center, on Tuesday afternoon, June 24, 2014.
He was born Oct. 9, 1942 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Bob and Dorothy Williams.
On April 17, 1978 in St. Marys, he married Elizabeth "Betty" Catalone Williams, who survives.
Don graduated from Upper St. Clair High School and served with the National Guard. He worked in the construction business throughout the area for many years. He was a promoter of Slovenian style polka music and was the host of The Don Williams Polka Review for more than 30 years.
John William Rickard, 78, of 391 Toby Rd., Kersey, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 7, 1936 in Fallen Timber, son of the late David John and Dorothy Black Rickard.
He attended Coalport schools and had been a resident of the area since 1970. He had worked as a coal miner, helped in the construction of the Kinzua Dam, and retired from Powdered Metal Products after 36 years of service.
In April 1962, he married Charlotte Lipsey, who preceded him in death on March 4, 1999.