February 8th, 2015
Ongoing talks continue about the city's proposed oil and gas ordinance.
Seneca Resources representatives recently requested a meeting with a small committee of St. Marys City Council members and city solicitor Tom Wagner to discuss their objections to the city's proposed oil and gas ordinance.
The nearly 2.5 hour long meeting included strong discussion during which Seneca presented two maps, the most telling one showing all St. Marys property where Seneca has oil and gas rights and land interests.
Carbon has played an important role in the history of St. Marys since the first carbon plant was started in 1899.
"This (carbon) is why most of us are here. This is why most of what is now St. Marys is here," said local historian Ray Beimel. "We got out of the business of coal mining, and we got out of the business of lumbering. We even got out of the business of making clay products. We got out of any business that required a local natural resource."
A tractor-trailer attempting a turnaround in the Benedictine Gift Shop parking lot on Church Street in St. Marys snagged itself on the shopâ€™s power lines. This in turn pulled a utility pole from the building and broke a second pole beside the roadway in half.
JONES TWP. â€“ A home in Jones Township has been declared a total loss after an accidental electrical fire started Saturday afternoon inside the home and caused substantial damage to the interior.
At 2:47 p.m. on Saturday, Elk Company 6 (Wilcox Fire Department) was dispatched to 2082 Old State Rd. for a structure fire.
The fire started in a home belonging to James "Snip" Snyder who was not in the home at the time of the fire.
Geraldine Helen Willow, 94, of Rose Street, Johnsonburg, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born Feb. 13, 1920 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Frederic Marshall and Clara Bell (Zwald) Enterline.
On Sept. 16, 1939 in Ridgway, she married Chester LeRoy Willow. He preceded her in death March 12, 2003.
She was a graduate of Ridgway Area High School Class of 1939 and was a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church of Johnsonburg, a lifetime member of Central Hose Company Auxiliary and a â€śWorthy Matronâ€ť of the Order of Eastern Star.
Nancy A. (McCafferty) Russell of Byrnedale,died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late William A. Russell who preceded her in death in 2009.
She was the mother of Nancy Marton and her husband Roger, William Russell and his wife Margaret, and Sara â€śSallyâ€ť Wittman and her late husband Jerry, a beloved son-in-law who died earlier this year.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren who adored her, as well as a sister, Virginia Siverling.
A private service for Nancy A. (McCafferty) Russell will be held for the family.
Patricia A. Pappas, 93, a resident of Pinecrest Manor, and formerly of 315 Washington St., St. Marys, died on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born Feb. 22, 1921, a daughter of the late Frederick and Anita Stebich Goodrow.
On June 19, 2002 in Sacred Heart Church, she married John F. Pappas, who preceded her in death Feb. 27, 2006.
Alvera Dezanet, 101, of Caledonia, and recently of Silver Creek Terrace and Elk Haven Nursing Home, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born Dec. 4, 1913 in Byrnedale, daughter of the late Angelo and Giovanna (Trojan) Dezanet.
She worked at Sylvania of Emporium for 47 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1975. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Force.
Joseph W. DeLullo Sr., 66 of Terra Cotta Road, Johnsonburg, died early Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk after an illness of 10 years.
He was born May 4, 1948 in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph P. and Erma (Matthews) DeLullo.
He married Josephine (Tomaski) on May 27, 1971.
Mr. DeLullo was a graduate of St. Marys High School. He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marines from 1966-1969. He worked as a die-setter for Metaldyne for 27 years retiring in 2005.
Leroy Paul Benson, 66, of 2130 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
He was born April 20, 1948, in Ridgway, son of the late Paul and Alice Woodall Benson. He married Lillian Poage, who survives. He was Episcopalian by faith. He had lived all of his life in Ridgway.
He had been employed by PennDOT for 33 years. He served in the U.S. Navy. Benny enjoyed car racing and tractor pulling.