April 8th, 2014
Nancy L. Heiberger, 72, of 120 Homestead Rd., Kersey, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
She was born May 20, 1941 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Edward F. and Anna Young Kunsch. On April 23, 1960 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married John C. â€śJackâ€ť Heiberger, who preceded her in death on April 7, 2001.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Public High School, Class of 1959. She had worked as a nurseâ€™s aide for the Elk Haven Nursing Home.
SMETHPORT â€“ A Mt. Jewett couple accused in a nationally-publicized child-starving case have been sentenced to serve time in the McKean County Jail.
Senior Judge John Cleland of Kane sentenced Mark and Susan Hooper during a 33-minute proceeding Tuesday morning in McKean County Court.
Susan Hooper, 41, was given an aggregate sentence of nine months to 18 months in jail on charges of endangering the welfare of children.
Mark Hooper, 43, was sentenced to three to six months in jail for the same charge. He was granted "work release" status.
The Fox Township Supervisors voted on several items during their Tuesday evening meeting including making a counter proposal to a mining company and updating its oil and gas ordinance.
The supervisors approved a motion to offer a counter proposal to Amfire Mining Co., based out of Latrobe, who requested the township renew their agreement to continue to mine through Bennett Road. They are currently stripping through the road.
A row of military uniforms in protective coverings hangs along one side of the room. Stations of the Cross from St. Marys Church are displayed at the top of an adjacent wall. Across the room are clock hands from St. Mary's Church and a set of French curves that belonged to Ignatius Garner. In between are all sorts of items from St. Marys' past that are still being organized and placed into the appropriate areas as the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township gets settled into its new home and prepares to reopen to the public.
Fox Township will continue with litigation as it relates to the Hogback Road paving project. This case has been in litigation since 2008 with the township incurring significant costs in fighting the case.
On March 25, the supervisors held an executive session with the township solicitor.
Supervisor Mike Keller said it is in the township's best interest to continue fighting the case.
Keller said township officials believe they can win the case.
During their meeting the group reviewed the present status of the case and have discovered options on how to proceed.
Eileen B. Fletcher, 89, of Fryburg, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at her home.
She was born Feb. 8, 1925 in Strobleton, the daughter of Harry E. and Barbara S. Hartle Eisenman. On March 5, 1946, she was married to Paul J. Fletcher who preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1986.
The City of St. Marys is awaiting a followup response about its stormwater management ordinance from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) who stated the ordinance was generally sufficient except for two deficiencies.
The deficiencies pertained to the city's definition and square footage measurements of impervious surface which is landscape that cannot absorb rainfall.
Luke Streich, a Ridgway native writing under the pen name Eazra Shrantz, recently completed a novel titled "Bleeding Shadows" which has been available online since April 5.
Streich, a graduate of Ridgway Area High School, began writing "stories and poetry for fun in the second grade," and has since went on to author several short stories prior to "Bleeding Shadows," his first full-length novel.
Norbert A. â€śNorbâ€ť Arnold, 93, of 648 Cedar Rd., St. Marys, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home following a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 30, 1920 in St. Marys, son of the late Nickolaus and Margaret Ortlauf Arnold. He was a member of the Queen of the World Church and remained devoted to his faith until death.
Norb lived a full life; having been blessed with two beautiful and loving wives. On May 21, 1949, he married Dolores Mary Schneider. She preceded him in death on July 9, 1980. On Oct. 16, 1982, he wedded Grace Erich Bucher. She survives.
Michael Samuel â€śMikeâ€ť DeStephano, 54, of 325 Washington St., St. Marys, died unexpectedly Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home.