November 11th, 2014
This weekend the St. Marys Area High School Drama Club is mixing old and new during their production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Their performance takes on a contemporary twist as it is set at the modern Athens High School, rather than ancient Athens, with the actors playing the traditional Shakespearian characters in updated roles.
Joseph M. Verbka, 46, of Cabot, died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at Butler Memorial Hospital.
He was born Nov. 8, 1968 in St. Marys, son of Rudy and the late Joan (Gresock) Verbka of Kersey.
Joe received his bachelor's degree from Gannon University and his master's degree from Ball State University.Â He loved archaeology and was a regional archaeology supervisor for PennDOT.
Lauren K. Storer, 64, of 132 Terrace Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 18, 1950 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Raymond â€śJackâ€ť and Virginia Webster Schauer.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1968. She was also a 1972 graduate of Lock Haven University.
She was a former teacher at Sacred Heart School and a former employee of Pfaffâ€™s Market.
Evelyn M. Claypool, 84, of 105 Fern Ln., Kersey, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.
She was born May 1, 1930 in Kersey, daughter of the late Irvin and Magdeline Minnich Wonderly. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey schools. She was a retired employee of Elco Sintered Alloys, and had worked at the former Central Restaurant and the former Little Skipper.
On May 24, 1952 in Ridgway, she married Donald R. Claypool who preceded her in death on July 20, 1995.
Mary Jane DeLullo, 68, of DuBois, formerly from Bennetts Valley, died Saturday night, Nov. 8, 2014.
She was a resident at Mountain Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clearfield.
Born in DuBois on Sept. 17, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Louis J. and Frances R. (Pirraglia) DeLullo.
Betty J. Olmstead Calla, 90, of 6540 Ridgway-Johnsonburg Rd., Johnsonburg, died Monday morning, Nov. 10, 2014 at Ridgeview Elder Care in Curwensville following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 21, 1924 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., daughter of the late Louis Olmstead and Leona Norlin Olmstead McMahon.
She resided in Johnsonburg most of her life and attended Johnsonburg High School.
Daniel F. Caggeso, 85, formerly of 246 Country Club Rd., Ridgway, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 1, 1929 in Ridgway, son of the late Lorenzo and Carmella (Tamburi) Caggeso. He married Edna Lucille Caldwell on July 14, 1951, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 20, 2012.
He resided in Ridgway all his life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, the K of C and the American Legion. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of WWII.
Members of the St. Marys City Police Department, Crystal Fire Department, and St. Marys Ambulance responded Monday night at 6:25 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash on Million Dollar Highway near the Ford Road intersection.
In an effort to compete with surrounding school districts for substitute teachers St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Brian Toth encouraged the board of directors to increase their substitute teacher pay rate.
"Our neighbors are pricing us out of the market," Toth said.
Last year, St. Marys substitute teachers worked a total of 1,434 days which if multiplied by a $20/day increase is $28,600. This does not include employers' costs which would further raise the figure to over $30,000.
Ensuring every student has an adequate lunch is now possible in the St. Marys Area School District.
In cases where parents forget to pay their child's lunch bill or if they have a negative balance, students will now receive a regular meal rather than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
"I think every kid coming here should get a regular lunch," said SMASD Superintendent Brian Toth.