January 20th, 2015
Lora R. VanSlander, 63, of 1189 E. Eschbach Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015 at Penn Highlands DuBois after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 30, 1951 in San Bernardino, Calif., daughter of the late Duane Huff and Betty Reed Huff Conner, who survives, of Caledonia. On Dec. 20, 2002, in St. Marys, she married Thomas A. VanSlander, who survives.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Nogales Schools in California. She was a retired employee of Metco Industries. Lora enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch used a strong first half to defeat the Johnsonburg Ramettes by a 44-31 score Monday night in a non-league game played at the SMAHS Dutch Oven on Elementary Night and Pink Game Night.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders earned a 20-point victory, 53-33, over the Kane Lady Wolves on Monday evening at the ECCHS gymnasium to remain undefeated.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders survived a close game with the Kane Wolves on Monday evening in Kane, holding on for a three-point victory, 54-51. It was a big difference from when the two teams met earlier this month. ECC won that contest 72-25.
St. Marys City Council received input on several items during their Monday evening meeting. Among them were the initial results of the smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines conducted over the summer and an update of the draft of the city's oil and gas ordinance.
St. Marys GIS Coordinator Travis Skrzype reported a total of 668 sources of inflow and infiltration were identified, 399 of which were private sources such as roof drains and yard drains.
The remaining 269 sources are on public property and include catch basins, cleanouts, and other collection system issues.
St. Marys City Police Chief Todd Caltagarone introduced the city's newest police officer, Andrew Nero, during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting.
Nero joined the city police department full-time in Jan. 12.
Born and raised in St. Marys, Nero is a graduate of St. Marys Area High School.
The National Rifle Association announced last week that it is suing Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Lancaster, claiming that these municipalities are in violation of a 1974 state law prohibiting cities from setting gun policies more strict than those enforced at the state government level.
"With regard to municipal gun ordinances in Pennsylvania, the facts are clear," state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) said. "State law has always prohibited individual municipalities from regulating firearms."
RIDGWAY â€“ With an excavator and the Ridgway Borough street crew on site, a house located at 241 Monterey Ave. was scheduled to be demolished until the property owner delayed the demolition by tearing the house down by hand.
The house, located on property owned by Domingos Pena of Johnsonburg, was set to be demolished as part of the Ridgway Borough's code enforcement, but the borough couldn't remove Pena and a second individual from the house so that they could demolish the home.
Yvonne B. Oertly, 81, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 133 Hayes Rd., Kersey, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 10, 1934 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Walfred and Henrietta Yarick Holmquist. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, Class of 1951.
On Jan. 17, 1953 in the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church, she married Clifford R. Oertly, who survives.
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