March 14th, 2011
On Monday evening, local resident Marilyn Secco questioned members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors for a second time regarding the playing of the national anthem at various school district-sponsored events, including athletics.
Secco initially aired her concern on the issue at a January school board meeting. At that time, she questioned why the national anthem was not played during junior high and elementary sporting events, stating she believed it should be played at all grade level events in order to provide a learning opportunity for students.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues during Monday's regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 clearance documentation.
Resignations were approved for Connie Timashenka of St. Marys, as the Supervisor of Special Education, effective April 1, 2011; Kenneth Vogt of St. Marys as a tutor at St. Marys Area Middle School, effective March 11, 2011; and Dorothy Weichman of St. Marys as a classroom aide at South St. Marys Street Elementary, effective June 3, 2011.
SMA finishes season with outstanding 22-2 record
CLARION - The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team was eliminated from the PIAA Class AAA tournament on Saturday by a 69-23 score by the New Castle Hurricanes. The first-round game was played at Clarion Universityâ€™s Waldo Tippin Gymnasium.
The Hurricanes jumped out to an early lead in the contest, opening a 24-4 advantage after the first eight minutes of play. In the second quarter, they outscored the Lady Dutch by a 27-8 margin to take a 51-12 halftime lead.
ALTOONA - The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders' season came to on end on Saturday afternoon at the Altoona Area High School gym, as they were defeated in the opening round of the girls' PIAA Class A State Championship tournament by two-time defending state champion Bishop Guilfoyle. The Lady Marauders handed the Lady Crusaders a 36-19 loss in that opening-round game.
CLARION - The Elk County Catholic Crusaders advanced to the second round of the PIAA Class A Tournament with a 58-49 victory over the Serra Catholic Eagles last night at Clarion Universityâ€™s Waldo Tippin Gymnasium.
The Crusaders will meet Lincoln Park Charter on Tuesday night at a site and time to be announced by the PIAA. Lincoln Park defeated West Middlesex by a 70-35 score last night.
In last nightâ€™s game, the Crusaders used an 8-2 run late in the third period and outscored the Eagles 21-13 in the fourth quarter to record their victory.
CLARION - The New Castle Hurricanes proved to be too quick and too hot from the field for the Dutchmen of St. Marys last evening as they handed the Dutch an 80-54 setback in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at Clarion University.
While many area residents may be wondering when the early spring predicted by Punxsutawney Phil is going to arrive, almost 200 area women were able to beat the winter blues on Sunday afternoon as they gathered in the cafeteria at Elk County Catholic High School for the ninth annual Women's Winterfest.
Women's Winterfest Chairperson Chrissie Schneider indicated that approximately 180 women were at this year's event, which also featured nine differently themed tables hosted by an individual or group.
Event organizer Sue Shick and others are preparing for the Third Annual Preparedness Fair, scheduled for Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1159 Shelvey Summit Rd.
The opening speaker this year is Oak Norton, who served in the U.S. Army and Air Force for 24 years as an intelligence officer.
As an extension of the Christmas in Kentucky program, Laura Kuntz of St. Marys is requesting any donations of prom gowns, wedding dresses and accessories to distribute to needy girls in poverty-stricken Beatyville, KY.
"I used to hear of high school girls that wanted to attend the prom but couldn't afford a dress to go, so I would make purchases here and send them down," said Kuntz, a kindergarten teacher at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School. "The need became so overwhelming that I began the gown collection."
Henry P. â€śHineyâ€ť Jesberger, 93, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 185 Center St., Elk Towers, St. Marys, died Sunday morning, March 13, 2011 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness.
He was born March 21, 1917 in St. Marys, son of the late Fred and Clara Wehler Jesberger.
On June 30, 1945, in the St. Maryâ€™s Church in Erie, he married Mary C. Burdick, who preceded him in death on Nov. 23, 1999. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage.