ST. MARYS â€“ Childhood memories inspired an extensive hobby for Chuck Fox and Tom Schloder. â€śTomâ€™s Trains,â€ť an extensive model train display spans a large room at Schloderâ€™s home on East Eschbach Road.
ST. MARYS â€“ Recently representatives from the Elk County Humane Society addressed the growing problem of feline overpopulation and their proposed efforts to lessen the burden on the shelter and area residents.
Elk County Humane Society President Joe Boylan explained the goal of the society is to provide an adequate place to temporarily house animals until most can be adopted and to educate the community on the benefits associated with spaying and neutering to reduce the magnitude of the situation going forward.
Virginia M. Hartland, 96, of Ridgmont Assisted Living, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at her residence.
She was born June 3, 1917 in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Harry and Flora Rogers Kirk.
She married Merlin Hartland, who predeceased her on May 2, 2000.
Mrs. Hartland resided in Ridgway all of her life. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was in the choir for 54 years. She was a sales clerk at Cliffe's for many years. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and playing the organ.
Joann M. Eckert, 81, of 161 Teaberry Rd., St. Marys, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at the Life Care Hospital in Pittsburgh after a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 26, 1932, in Shawmut, daughter of the late John and Alice Keller Carr. On October 30, 1954, in the St. Mary's Church, she married Arthur A. Eckert, and he preceded her in death on June 12, 1994.
Mrs. Eckert was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School. She was a retired employee of the Keystone Powdered Metal Co., retiring in 1989. She was a member of the Queen of the World Church.
Flying Dove Ranch, a non-profit organization located along Old Red Mill Dam Road in Ridgway, has recently added some new buildings on the property in order to provide more accommodations for guests as well as youth participating in programs hosted at the ranch.
Bernice E. Ott, 88, of 507 McClelland St., Ridgway, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Elk Haven Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 13, 1925 in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Louis and Lillian Fleming Entres.
A strong second quarter spurred Ridgway boys basketball on to a 46-25 victory Friday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Curwensville led 10-6 over Ridgway at the end of the first quarter. Neither team did much on offense in the first four minutes of the second quarter as Ridgway mustered four points and Curwensville was shut out to leave the score tied at 10-all with 3:52 left. A MacDonald field goal with 5:04 left broke a 7:26 scoring drought for Ridgway and two free throws from Jeremy Breier tied the game at 10.
Faircroft Bed and Breakfast, operated by Bill and Annie Seely of Ridgway, will be closing its doors come the end of the year. The Seelys reopened the establishment in June of 2005 after it had been sold by its previous owners, John and Lois Shoemaker, who operated Faircroft from 1987 to 2001.
Swedish traditions will come alive on Sunday, Dec. 15 when the 66th Lucia Festival will be held at 4 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at the corner of South and South Broad Streets in Ridgway.
Beverly Klancer Sette, 77, of 178 Evers Ave., St. Marys, died at her residence on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, after a lengthy illness.
She was born May 14, 1936 in Gowanda, N.Y., daughter of the late Rudolph and Josephine â€śPepâ€ť Kordon Klancer Sr. On May 4, 1957 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Dominick â€śNickâ€ť Sette who preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 2011.