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April 13th, 2011

SMAHS honors academic excellence

April 13, 2011

St. Marys Area High School recognized the academic excellence of juniors and seniors as part of the school's annual National Honor Society (NHS) program on Wednesday evening.
Among those honored were 43 first-year junior members, 35 second-year senior members and two seniors who were first-year members.
The evening began with a dinner, during which SMAHS senior Rebecca Arnold gave the invocation.
Students and their families then gathered inside the SMAHS Carpin Auditorium for the initiation ceremony into the Dr. Walter Black Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Demolition along Osterhout Street to begin April 2012

April 13, 2011

Construction for the Osterhout Bypass along Osterhout Street (state Route 1014) is scheduled to begin in April 2012.
The Osterhout Bypass is designed to steer heavy truck traffic off of Main Street in downtown Ridgway.
“The homes have received an assessment and some, I believe, have received their payment from PennDOT,” said Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki during Tuesday's Ridgway Township Supervisors meeting. “They will be leaving their homes and then they will be demolished.”

Ridgway Triathlon nears

April 13, 2011

This year marks the 30th year of the Ridgway Triathlon and officials are working to make this event the best one yet.
"This unique triathlon event combines three different competitive events into one of the most fun adventures of the area," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "Canoeing is not an event usually associated with triathlons across the country but the proximity of the Clarion River gave Dave Love, founder of the event 30 years ago, an idea to combine canoeing with the traditional events of running and biking to form this unique time-tested event."

Kane Hardwood manager addresses Women in Timber

April 13, 2011

Connie Grenz, who is believed to be the first female to head a major wood-related business in the U.S., spoke Wednesday at the 13th annual Women in Timber Luncheon at the Kane Country Club.
Grenz is retiring at the end of the month after serving as general manager at Kane Hardwood for the past 11 years.
In moving from Kane back to her hometown of Vancouver, Wash., Grenz said she will be leaving "an incredible industry." She said she also will miss the people she has worked with and the friends she has made.
"It always falls down to people," Grenz said.

Rita Hanes Wendel

April 13, 2011

Rita Hanes Wendel, 79, of Anaheim, Calif., died Sunday, April 10, 2011 after a lengthy illness.
She was born May 20, 1931, in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Floyd and Barbara Hanes.
On June 23, 1956 in St. Marys, she married Raymond "Bud" Wendel, who preceded her in death in March 2007.
She attended Catholic schools in St. Marys. She enjoyed traveling and playing cards with friends and family.

Alex J. Skraba

April 13, 2011

Alex J. Skraba, 78, of 355 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
He was born Dec. 19, 1932, in DuBois, the son of the late Samuel and Anna Radzek Skraba.
On June 9, 1956, he married Helen C. Bienkowski, who survives.

April 12th

Alex J. Skraba

April 12, 2011

Alex J. Skraba, 78, of 355 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
He was born Dec. 19, 1932, in DuBois, the son of the late Samuel and Anna Ridzik Skraba.
On June 9, 1955, he married Helen C. Bienkowski, who survives.

Area parishes participate in Catholics Come Home program

April 12, 2011

Area residents by now may have noticed the advertisements airing on television encouraging inactive Catholics to return to the church through the Catholics Come Home program. The city's three parishes, Queen of the World, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's, are all participating in the initiative throughout Lent.
According to Fr. Michael Ferrick, pastor of Queen of the World Parish, the commercials first began running on Ash Wednesday and will continue until Easter.

Cellphones at the pump: myths debunked, but still a no-no

April 12, 2011

A sign at almost every gas pump in the United States warns customers about using cellphones or other electronic devices while refueling because the batteries inside can produce sparks that will ignite gasoline vapors. But does that really mean using your cellphone while you pump gas can cause an explosion?

Former C/G owner establishes scholarship for SMASD students

April 12, 2011

A new scholarship is available to students of the St. Marys Area School District. Five students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship per year for the four years they successfully remain enrolled in a college or university. A total of $100,000 will be distributed.
The generous scholarship was established by Nathan Milikowsky, former owner of C/G Electrodes, which he sold in 2010 and is now known as GrafTech International.

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