September 28th, 2014
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon was one of the featured speakers during the Luminary Service on the Diamond Saturday evening, an event held to honor or remember those who have been impacted by addiction.
As district attorney, McMahon sees individuals battling various addictions pass through the criminal justice system on a regular basis.
ST. MARYS â€“ Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond not only provided a way for area residents to honor or remember loved ones whose lives had been touched by addiction, but it also gave them the opportunity to hear from individuals from a variety of areas within the community who were there to share their stories and talk about efforts to combat the issue locally.
St. Marys mayor Bob Howard acted as the master of ceremonies, and he began the evening by welcoming the sizable crowd that gathered on the Diamond around 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
In addition to hearing from those whose lives have been impacted by addiction, and the individuals who lead the enforcement effort against it, Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond also featured some brief commentary from one of the individuals whose job is to provide assistance to those suffering from addiction.
Heidi Stahlnecker, Executive Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., stressed to those in attendance that addiction impacts individuals from all walks of life regardless of factors such as race or economic status.
ST. MARYS â€“ Addiction impacts more than just the individuals suffering from it, and during Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond, two mothers shared their stories of what it was like to lose their children because of the disease.
One, Patty Greene, lost her son to his own addiction. The other, Cindy O'Leary, lost her daughter due to the addiction of another.
John "Tyke" Hulings, 77, of 126 West Virginia Ave, James City,Â died Friday afternoon, Sept. 26, 2014 in James CityÂ at the home of his daughter.
He was born on Nov. 10, 1936 inÂ James City, the son of the late George and Evelyn Confer Hulings.Â On April 14, 1956 he married Donna Edinger, who preceded him in death.
Mr.Â Hulings was aÂ member of the Kane Senior Center and also the Northwestern Pennsylvania Polka Boosters.Â He attained the rank of Sergeant while serving in the National Guards.
Melissa Birch Howard, 57, of 311 Jackson Ave., Ridgway, died in the early hours of Saturday morning, Sept. 27, 2014 at her residence following a 16-month illness.
She was born July 9, 1957, the daughter of Betty Matha and Alan Birch of Ridgway.
Melissa resided in Ridgway for the majority of her life. She was a basketball coach for the Ridgway Area School District and a member of the Elks Club. She was employed by Dickinson Center Inc.â€™s Adult Habilitation Center as a therapeutic activities services worker for over 20 years and was the waitress at the Elks Club for five years.
With two equally-matched and undefeated teams facing off, it was only fitting one play and less than one yard would decide the winner.
Ridgway stopped a John English run on a two-point conversion with 41 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Elkers a 21-20 win over the Kane Wolves Friday night at Memorial Field in Ridgway in the AML South opener for both teams.
Henry J. â€śBudâ€ť Fasenmyer, 91, of 34 Warren Blvd, Warren, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, surrounded by his family at home.
Bud was born Jan. 29, 1923 in Oil City, son of the late James and Martina Schill Fasenmyer.Â
Bud was a 1941 graduate of Cranberry High School, and had served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre as an infantry rifleman and later as a telegraph line repairman.
Sierra Kos was crowned as the 2014 Ridgway Area High School Homecoming Queen during halftime of the varsity football game between the Ridgway Elkers and the Kane Wolves. Kos was escorted by Michael Sorge.
Three high-ranking administrators at the Johnsonburg Area and Ridgway Area School Districts took time out of their schedules to discuss a hot topic within the region, Common Core.
Ridgway Area School District's incoming superintendent, Robert Rocco, Johnsonburg Area School District superintendent Dennis Crotzer, and Johnsonburg Area High School principal Brock Benson discussed what exactly Common Core is, the misconceptions that surround it and the impacts that it has on their respective districts.