January 11th, 2011
During Monday evening's St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors meeting, a variety of items were approved regarding several aspects of the district.
Resident Marilyn Secco questioned the board as to why the National Anthem is not played during junior high and elementary sporting events.
Secco said school board member Bob Luchini informed her that it was school board policy.
Secco added that she believes having the National Anthem played at all grade level sporting events will provide a learning opportunity for the students as well.
Harold R. Young, age 87, of 108 Irishtown Rd., Kersey, died Monday morning, Jan. 10, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 1, 1923 in Brockway, son of the late Thomas R. and Stella B. (Truesdale) Young.
The St. Marys eighth grade Cavaliers basketball team captured the 2011 Conrad Reuscher Cavalier Basketball Tournament held over the weekend at Elk County Catholic High School. The Cavaliers defeated Blessed Sacrament of Erie in the championship game by a 32-28 score.
The Blessed Sacrament Bulldogs took second, while the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch placed third. Mt. Carmel was fourth, as they defeated DuBois Central and St. Stephenâ€™s of Oil City.
In the Cavaliersâ€™ first game on Friday, they defeated the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Raiders by a 46-37 score.
During a special meeting Friday morning, the Jay Township Supervisors voted 2-1 to discontinue paying certain costs associated with the township's health insurance coverage.
St. Marys Area High School social studies teacher Dominic Surra presented a new student constitution to members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors during their regular meeting Monday evening.
Surra was approached by SMAHS Principal Josh Williams to work on the new program, which entailed creating a Student Government Constitution.
While the document was created by students, Surra acted as a guide throughout the process in facilitating debates and discussion brought up during the duration of the project.
Ronald L. Chapin, 73 , of 465 Marvin St., Wilcox, died on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born on Nov. 21, 1937 in Kansas City, Kan., son of the late Charles D. and Ruby I. Woodcock Chapin.
He married V. Louise "Lou" Lehman on July 16, 1994 in the Wilcox Lutheran Church. She survives.
He resided in Wilcox for the past 18 years and was formerly of McPherson, KS. He graduated from McPherson High School in 1955.
Cynthia M. "Cindy" Rupprecht of 621 Maurus St., St. Marys, died on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness.
She was born in St. Marys, a daughter of Thomas Rupprecht of St. Marys and the late Judith Munn Rupprecht, who preceded her in death on July 16, 2006.
Patricia A. Mitchell, 71, of 121 Powell St., Ridgway, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Sept. 19, 1939, in Ridgway, the daughter of Harold and Mary Cianca Russell.
She married Samuel Mitchell, who predeceased her on Oct. 15, 1996.
Mrs. Mitchell was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. She enjoyed crafts and talking with people. She was employed at Clarion Sinitered Metals, retiring in 2001.
Edith "Pete" M. Werner Knoll, 91, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. after a brief illness.
She was born in St. Marys on Jan. 3, 1920, a daughter of the late Arthur A. and Edith Mary Kaul Werner.
She married Edmund "Lee" Mellitus Knoll on July 4, 1946. He preceded her in death.
Jane E. Gausman, 59, of 872 Brusselles St., St. Marys, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at the Life Care Hospital in Pittsburgh after a lengthy illness.
She was born June 4, 1951 in Genesee, daughter of the late Earl and Leota Holt Truax.
On July 4, 1971, in Genesee, she married Joseph R. Gausman, who survives.
She was a graduate of Northern Potter High School, Class of 1971. She had been a resident of St. Marys for the past 41 years.