February 7th, 2012
State Sen. President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway, recently shared some of his legislative priorities for 2012.
"My legislative priorities fall on many different fronts," Scarnati said. "Currently, it is vital that we find the appropriate impact fee on Marcellus Shale drillers to ensure we are not only protecting our communities, but improving our economy as well.
Members of the boys' and girls' swim and dive teams at the St. Marys Area High School are not only good in the water, but they are good at raising funds for organizations in need as well.
Swim team members held a collection at their first home meet of the season on Monday, Jan. 23 against Clearfield to obtain items for the Elk County Humane Society. Individuals who brought in items were eligible to receive a discount on the cost of admission to that evening's swim meet.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team improved to 17-2 on the season with a 50-31 victory over the Brookville Lady Raiders Monday night at the ECCHS gym.
The Lady Crusaders were able to force 15 Brookville turnovers in the first 16 minutes of play to open a 25-9 halftime lead. Elk outscored Brookville 13-6 in the first period. The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Raiders 25-22 in the second half.
â€śI thought we played pretty well during the course of the game,â€ť said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner. â€śWe played real well defensively.â€ť
ST. MARYS â€“Â With the regular season in its final two weeks, it is the time of year when the St. Marys Area High School Swim and Dive Team and their coaches take a hard look at the progress they made throughout the season. Yet this time the measuring stick is not the number of wins and losses. The true gauge is how the team is trending toward the end of the season.
Dale L. Wolfanger, 73, of 475 Hunts Run Rd., Emporium, died at DuBois Regional Medical Center in DuBois on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 1, 1939 in Austin, a son of the late LaVerne and Elva Fowler Wolfanger.
He married Carolyn Kamats Wolfanger, who survives. They recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.
Years ago Mr. Wolfanger served with the U.S. Army.
In a 4-3 decision, the St. Marys Vacancy Board voted to advertise for candidates for the empty City Council position as opposed to appointing Tom Farley, the fourth-place candidate in the November 2011 general election.
The board met on Monday evening following the City Council workshop. Those casting votes to advertise the position were council members Greg Gebauer, Nedward Jacob, Mayor Sally Geyer and Vacancy Board Chairman Bob Ordiway. Councilmen Dick Dornisch, Bob Roberts and Dan Hepner cast opposing votes.
DuBOIS - The DuBois Area Beavers wrestling squad captured the District 9-AAA team championship on Saturday by defeating the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch 55-13 in the title match held at the DuBois Area High School.
â€śThat was a tough match,â€ť said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. â€śWe were certainly the underdogs today.â€ť
â€śWe got experience wrestling in the championship match. Eleven of our 14 starters are either sophomores or freshmen,â€ť said Surra.
â€śDuBois wrestled well. We were going to wrestle our best against their best. Hopefully, we can build on this,â€ť said the coach.
DuBOIS â€“Â The St. Marys Area High School gymnastics team finished out their regular season with a 121.6-117.6 win over the DuBois Beavers on Friday evening during a meet held at the DuBois Area High School.
"It was a nice way to finish out the regular season," said St. Marys coach Irene McCandless. "The St. Marys team had a pretty even match-up with DuBois, with the top three awards split pretty evenly between both teams."
As February begins, typical winter weather conditions and a higher-than-normal amount of people with colds and other lingering illnesses have contributed to a shortage in the region's blood supply.
On Saturday morning WPSU visited the St. Marys Public Library to kick off the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, geared toward kindergarten through third grade students.
"Itâ€™s a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of childrenâ€™s reading skills through hands-on, active learning," said Bianca Barr, Penn State Outreach Marketing and Communications.
Penn State Public Broadcasting has partnered with WQED in Pittsburgh and West Virginia Public Broadcasting to offer this contest to children across Pennsylvania and West Virginia.