October 19th, 2014
Oftentimes the illusion created is that a cancer patient becomes a number on file in an endless mound of paperwork, an incomprehensible level on a cluttered diagram, a lump projected on a cold wall.
For Karen MacAfee, 42, of St. Marys, and Patty Greene, 57, of Kersey, the war waged against breast cancer, and cancer in general, is a battle with seemingly no end.
In preparation for the upcoming elections, the Elk County Republican Party hosted their annual fall banquet featuring a speaker panel with Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-Pa. 5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk).
The banquet was hosted at the Royal Inn in Ridgway on Friday, and 118 local residents were in attendance, including various local elected officials from Johnsonburg, Ridgway and St. Marys.
Sari Stevens, executive director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania's Political Action Committee, recently spoke with the Daily Press in reference to claims by the Silent No More pro-life campaign.
"It's so unfortunate that this is the dialogue that's going on," Stevens said. "These organizations are out spreading this information and not working to prevent unintended pregnancies. If we focus our efforts on lowering the rate of unintended pregnancies, the need for abortion would be reduced. But instead, it's this effort to misinform, scare, shame and demean women."
Charles J. Donachy, 88, of 136 Wendel Rd., St. Marys, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at Penn Highlands DuBois after an illness of the past month.
He was born April 3, 1926 in St. Marys, son of the late Charles Everett and Leona Kreckel Donachy.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Public Schools. He retired from Stackpole Carbon Company in 1987 with almost 40 years of service. After his retirement, he delivered products for Printing Plus.
On Aug. 23, 1947 in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Catherine A. Oâ€™Connor, who survives.
Union may have had small numbers against Ridgway but their effort against the Elkers was anything but.
The Knights knocked Ridgway from the ranks of the unbeaten as Union defeated the Elkers 32-7 Friday night at Memorial Field in Ridgway.
"I give Union 100 percent credit," Ridgway coach Mark Heindl said. "They came ready to play and I take 100 percent of the fault here, I did not have my team ready to play. Next week's a new week. We live another day, we get ready for Curwensville."
KANE â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Crusader football team is making sure their fans get to see a little bit of everything this season. They started off the year with a couple of big shutout victories, added a few closer games, got their only loss to date out of the way, and most recently they have been rallying in the fourth quarter to come up with with some key victories.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Borough's new wild and exotic animals ordinance defines specifically which animals constitute a violation and the legal actions that can be taken against the borough residents found to be in violation of its terms.
A motion unanimously passed during Monday's borough council meeting to pass, enact, and adopt the ordinance, effective immediately. The approval of the ordinance finalized several months of work that went into it, according to Elizabeth Feronti, the borough's solicitor.
JAY TWP. â€“ EQT representatives faced harsh words from residents of Jay Township at Thursday night's township supervisors meeting.
"The three of you, your whole company, you don't give a damn about our water," Dennis Bonanno said. "You're here for the money."
The representatives came to address concerns about a well near Byrnes Run that residents believe is too close to the watershed.
Cathy L. Bauer, 64, of 117 Flagstone Rd., St. Marys, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at her home.
She was born Aug. 8, 1950 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Richard and Emmaline Tead Brush. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Ridgway High School.
She was married to John Bauer, who preceded her in death.
Florence E. â€śFlossieâ€ť Acker-German, 95, of Smethport, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in the Lakeview Senior Care and Living Center, Smethport.
She was born April 19, 1919 in Ridgway, a daughter of Jack and Lena Fisher Bailey.Â In 1941, she married Albert Acker, who died in October 1984. She then married Ronald T. German on Sept. 30, 1989. He died Jan. 4, 2004.