June 5th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk Regional Health Center's highly anticipated eight-bed maternity unit was revealed at an open house Tuesday in St. Marys.
The new maternity unit, which cost approximately $1.7 million to complete, began July 2011 and is part of ERHC's $10.3 million construction and renovation project, which includes a new third floor with 42 new, private medical/surgical/pediatrics rooms with private baths in each; two new, centrally located nurses' stations to oversee each half of the medical/surgical/pediatrics unit; and a new 10-bed geriatric behavioral health unit.
A program pairing prisoners with canines is a new endeavor on which the Elk County Humane Society and the State Correction Institute-Forest in Marienville are embarking in a multifaceted effort of adopting out dogs, assisting military veterans and providing inmates with confidence.
Recently SCI-Forest personnel Michael Overmyer, deputy superintendent for centralized services; and Brenda Haupt, canine training program coordinator and unit manager at the prison, visited the Elk County Humane Society, where they picked up numerous supplies for the program including dog crates, food and toys.
Alan E. Prechtel, 52, of 131 Linwood Ave., St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born on June 4, 1960 in St. Marys, a son of the late Richard and Ruby Galmish Prechtel.
Alan was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of SMAHS.Â He was employed at Elcam for more than 30 years.Â He was a member of the Kersey Eagles.Â He greatly enjoyed racing and helping his nephew Tommy with his race car.Â He also enjoyed riding 4-wheelers and spending time with his family.Â
Jean M. Schlimm, 75, of 289 West Creek Rd., St. Marys, died at her home on Sunday, June 3, 2012.
She was born Aug. 23, 1936 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late John and Clara Prechtl Detsch.
On Sept. 2, 1957 in St. Mary's Church, she married the late Ferdinand "Buzz" Schlimm.
Ferdinand G. "Buzz" Schlimm, 75, of 289 West Creek Rd., St. Marys, died at his home on Sunday, June 3, 2012.
He was born Nov. 25, 1936 in St. Marys, a son of the late Ferdinand E. and Esther Straub Schlimm.
On September 2, 1957 in St. Mary's Church, he married his beloved wife of nearly 55 years, the late Jeanne Detsch Schlimm.
Members of St. Marys City Council discussed the city's proposed engine brake or "jake brake" ordinance, permitting its use in specified sections of the city.
During Monday evening's meeting, Councilman Ned Jacob stated that because the ordinance covers every street and alley in the city, that is a large area to cover considering how much of state routes 120 and 255 are within the city limits.
Mayor Sally Geyer stated she does not agree with the fine, set at up to $500. If violators default on payment they are subject to imprisonment of up to 90 days.
ECC downs Sto-Rox
BROCKWAY - The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class A softball tournament with a 6-2 victory over the Sto-Rox Vikings Monday afternoon at the Brockway Area High School field.
The Lady Crusaders will meet District 5 champion Fannett Metal Thursday at a site and time to be announced. Fannett Metal defeated District 7 runner-up Carmichaels 12-1 Monday.
SLIPPERY ROCK â€“Â It was cloudy and cool Monday afternoon at Jack Critchfield Park at Slippery Rock University for the PIAA Class A baseball championship opening-round game between West Middlesex and Elk County Catholic, but the Crusaders' bats were hot and so was sophomore Brandon Schlimm's pitching as ECC led all the way for a 6-2 victory.
City Council approved a request by the American Legion Region 8 Committee to relax the city's curfew from July 21-25 for a baseball tournament taking place at Berwind Park.
Councilman Bob Roberts said although council has approved this request several times in the past, he believes organizers stipulated an anticipated ending time.
"I understand the reason for it, but as this stands would it be for a half hour from the end of the game, until the next day, until midnight? What are they asking for?" Roberts questioned.
After garnering over 61 percent of the voters' approval in the November general election, Susanne Straub Schneider has settled in over the last few months as the county's new prothonotary.
Susanne originally started out in the second deputy's position within the office, a post that served as a stepping stone for greater things to come.
"When the second deputy position became available, [Elk County Treasurer Peggy Schneider] asked me if I would be interested," Susanne said. "I interviewed with the prothonotary at the time, David Frey, and I was hired as second deputy, that was in 2010.