November 12th, 2014
A box of cards was a simple gesture which encouraged St. Marys Area High School teacher Randy Loudon to share his experience as a gold star parent with those at the school's Veterans Day Assembly held Wednesday afternoon.
The Loudon family experienced the loss of their middle son, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Christopher Loudon, on Oct. 17, 2006 after an IED destroyed his Humvee, killing him and three fellow soldiers along with their Iraqi interpreter.
RIDGWAY â€“ A St. Marys man was sentenced to two to five years in state prison Wednesday morning for one felony count of statutory sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty in August.
Adam Lee Hill, 26, faced a total of 22 charges prior to the plea agreement.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Following an investigation into Wednesday's Harrison Avenue fire, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Corporal Greg Agosti reported that the fire was the result of arson.
The fire, which damaged three vacant houses along Harrison Avenue, started at approximately 2:30 a.m., and firefighters did not finish leaving the scene until 10:30 a.m.
According to Agosti's investigation, the fire started at the house located at 112 Harrison Ave., and the fire then spread to the adjacent properties at 110 and 114 Harrison Ave.
Mild temperatures and abundant sunshine greeted area residents on Tuesday, and the nice weather led to a fairly good turnout for the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service, which was held on the Diamond beginning at 11 a.m.
"With the weather cooperating so beautifully, this is the nicest Nov. 11 I've ever seen here on the Diamond," said Victor Straub, a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. who served as the master of ceremonies for the program.
Veterans Day is a day "for more than simply remembering," explained Jim Distler, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the current adjutant and financial officer of American Legion Post 103, during Tuesday morning's Veterans Day Memorial Service, which was held on the Diamond beginning at 11 a.m.
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.