What is going to become of St. Joseph Monastery now that the Benedictine Sisters are gone? Local historian Ray Beimel took a few moments to address this question during his recent tours of the facility.
As he led a large group thorough the complex on the Friday evening tour, Beimel indicated that several people had asked about the future of the site. Speaking to the crowd as a whole, he remarked that he hoped to address the many rumors that have been circulating by sharing the most accurate information he had available at the time.
RIDGWAY â€“Â St. Marys mayor and former Ridgway mayor Robert V. Howard was issued a non-traffic citation for disorderly conduct on Nov. 25.
According to the citation, Howard entered a hair salon located along Main Street in Ridgway on Monday, Nov. 24 at 11:18 a.m. and began yelling at the owner, according to police.
Rose M. Nelson, 86, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 397 Berwind St., St. Marys, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 11, 1928 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Joseph and Kathryn Meklar Steinbach. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. She was a retired cafeteria worker at the South St. Marys Street Elementary School.
On Dec. 26, 1951 she married Roy Oscar Nelson, who preceded her in death Nov. 11, 2011.
Grace C. Gregory, 90, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of 596 S. St. Marys St., St. Marys, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Rasselas, a daughter of the late Maurice and Mary Keilocker MacDonald.
On May 23, 1953 in St. Leo's Church, she married Leo E. Gregory, who preceded her in death July 4, 1987.
In addition to talking about the buildings that make up St. Joseph Monastery and the purposes they have served over the years, local historian Ray Beimel also spoke to attendees about the women who resided at the convent throughout its history.
The present location of St. Joseph Monastery is actually the Sisters' second home in St. Marys. The original convent was located closer to the hospital in the area that was also once Harrison Stackpole's backyard.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The horrific scars of D-Day are forever etched in the mind of U.S. Army veteran Bill Carl of Mt. Jewett.
Just 19 years old, Carl was a newly-enlisted soldier with the U.S. 1st Infantry Division (The â€śBig Red Oneâ€ť) that was a key part of the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
Thousands of young Americans died as the German army fired round after round of shells from their fortified bunkers at strategic locations along the hills bordering the beach.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority has received the first check in support of a fundraiser for Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse, Inc. (CAPSEA), a check which totals $418.
During the month of October, in support of domestic violence awareness month, the Elk County Solid Waste Authority collected electronics to raise money for CAPSEA's flood relief efforts.
The authority gave all the electronics to Orro Fundraising, a company that specializes in the collection of used electronics to be refurbished.
SPRING CREEK TWP. â€“ A Pittsburgh man died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Portland Mills Road in Spring Creek Township.
According to the Ridgway-based state police, 44-year-old Daniel S. McGinnis of Pittsburgh was killed in the crash. He was a passenger in the car.
Richard Joseph Peter Kowalski, 50, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
Beloved brother, uncle, and friend, he was born July 2, 1964.
A resident of Johnsonburg, and a 1983 graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, he was an employee of Roy B. Constable's Stores. Richard was loved by many, and always brought a special spirit into any room. He lived life to the fullest every day. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting, and playing cards with friends.
Mary Jane (Volovar) Powers, 60, of Enola died in her home on Nov. 29, 2014.
She was born in St. Marys on Dec. 20, 1953.
She graduated from New Castle Business College with a degree specializing in medical records. She was employed as a Medical Records Specialist at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio for 30 years. For the past eight years she was Medical Records Supervisor at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.
She will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit. The cards she would so consistently send will be missed.