April 18th, 2012
Francis X. âFrankâ Straub, 76, of 123 Terrace Rd., St. Marys, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born May 2, 1935 in St. Marys, son of the late Frank E. and Marguerite (Peg) Bender Straub.
Ruth Baumgratz Hasselman, 80, of 185 Center St., St. Marys, died at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys on Wednesday morning, April 18, 2012, of polycythemia vera.
She was born Aug. 25, 1931 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Gilbert and Barbara Skok Heiberger.
Ruth's ïŹrst husband was Regis "Daisy" Baumgratz, whom she married June 8, 1957, died on July 13, 1993. Her second husband was Richard Hasselman, whom she married on Feb. 23, 2001; he preceded her in death Aug. 17, 2010.
As many residents are aware, the City of St. Marys has been conducting a city-wide income survey since last month in order to help St. Marys qualify for more projects using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
The application for CDBG funding requires 400 completed surveys; St. Marys Community and Economic Development Director Tina Gradizzi said only 34 more are needed to reach that goal. The deadline to submit the application to the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is Friday, April 27, and the surveys need to be completed before then.
Elk County Commissioners discussed the possibility of a new kind of public issue forum regarding Marcellus Shale.
Mike Kamandulis, a member of Elk County C.A.R.E.S. [Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship], reviewed his experiences attending A forum entitled "The Marcellus Shale - What Does It Mean For Us," hosted Saturday, April 14, at the Central Pa. Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, Centre County.
The students of Elk County Catholic High School's Drama Department are transformed into the "Children of Eden" in the school's annual musical production taking place this week.
"Children of Eden" is based on the Book of Genesis, with Act I focusing on creation and featuring the story of the Father, Adam and Eve, and their two sons, Cain and Abel. Act II revolves around Noah and the great flood.
Dutch and Lady Crusaders record wins
The St. Marys Area track and field teams hosted the Elk County Catholic squads Tuesday. The Dutchmen defeated the Crusaders 96.5-53.5, while the Lady Crusaders defeated the Lady Dutch 109-41.
In the boysâ meet, the Dutchmen were led by quadruple winner Brian Merritt. Merritt won the 100 and 200 dashes and was a member of the winning 400 and 1600 relays.
Triple winners for the Dutchmen were Jimmy Werner in the shot put, discus and 400 relay and Trenton Schreiber in the triple jump, 400 and 1600 relays.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team withstood a four-run first inning by the Kane Wolves Tuesday afternoon at Berwind Park as they rebounded for a 13-7 victory over the Wolves.
Kane jumped out to the 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Elk Catholic responded with three runs of their own in the home half of the inning. The Crusaders would score four in the second, five in the third and one in the fourth for a 13-4 lead. Kane scored two in the fifth and one in the seventh, making the final score 13-7.
Larissa Chicola, a sophomore at St. Marys Area High School, is headed to the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) nationals competitions this year in Salt Lake City, Utah.
While Larissa's road to the national level began with district competition followed by a third-place finish in states, it almost ended there as she found herself without the funds necessary to reach the national competition.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch softball squad recorded a 6-1 win over the State College Lady Little Lions on Tuesday afternoon during a cool and breezy contest at the SMAHS softball field.
State College took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but St. Marys quickly rallied, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead. The Lady Dutch added two more runs in the second inning and one in the fourth and sixth innings in the victory.
"We hit the ball tonight and made some key bunts and moved runners when we had to," said St. Marys Area coach Manny Gerarge.
Ronald C. Ecklund, 73, of 668 Washington Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 3, 1939 in Ridgway, son of the late Charles M. and Martha L. (Fischer) Ecklund. On Nov. 11, 1983, he married Ann Werner Ecklund, who survives.