September 4th, 2014
Lynda M. Pontzer, 67, of 500 Spruce St., St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born Jan. 26, 1947, a daughter of the late Edward and Orma Nicklas Pontzer.
Lynda graduated from ECCHS and received her bachelor's degree from Mercyhurst University. She then received two master's degrees from the University of Arizona, one in art history and another in English. In her early years, she taught in Denmark, Scotland and Iran. She often substituted in our local schools, and greatly enjoyed teaching children to paint.
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SMETHPORT â€“ A judge has upheld a police search involving the defendant in a criminal case linked with a 6-fatality crash on Route 219 near Lantz Corners just over a year ago.
Senior Judge William F. Morgan of Warren issued his ruling Wednesday during a 40-minute hearing at the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport.
The judgeâ€™s decision comes less than two weeks before the scheduled Sept. 15 start of a jury trial for Kathy Douglas, 37, of Kane. Another pre-trial â€śsuppression-of-evidenceâ€ť hearing is set for next Thursday, Sept. 11.
Events that sent St. Marys into a panic Tuesday afternoon with reports of a shooting at St. Marys Area High School were the actions of a nine-year-old juvenile, whose age prohibits criminal prosecution, according to police who are unable to release any identifying information such as name, gender and school.
As a result of a joint investigation between the St. Marys City Police and Pennsylvania State Police, it was discovered that the juvenile placed the 911 calls from a cell phone while he/she was riding on a school bus on their way home.
The popular after school program BFF (Being Faith-Full Friends) is in the preparation mode: getting ready to launch season 2.
An outreach program of the Presbyterian Church in Kane,Â BFF develops intergenerational relationships around activities, Bible stories, music, crafts, and dinner. Last year more than 50 elementary students K-5 from various local congregations as well as the community at large participated in the Wednesday afternoon after school program at the Presbyterian Church.
Kane Wolves head football coach Todd Silfies said in his season preview interview that he tells the team everyday that if they work hard and improve everyday, â€śthe skies the limit.â€ť
The Wolves offense struggled at times in the season opening 13-0 win over Cameron County but the defense came through to secure the victory. The offense will look to finish some drives this Friday night when the Wolves open their home schedule by hosting the 0-1 Smethport Hubbers.
Wins have been hard to come by for the Kane boysâ€™ soccer team the last couple seasons. The 2014 Wolves jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Tuesday afternoon before Mother Nature stepped in and made them wait another 24 hours to get back on the field and put the finishing touches on a 5-0 win over the Smethport Hubbers.
Ronald J. Smith, Jr., 54, of 6 Wetmore Trail near Kane, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Sept. 2, 2014 at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born June 18, 1960 in Brookville, he was the son of Ronald J. and Patricia R. Riggs Smith. On June 2, 1979 in Kane, he married Lisa A. Bauerle, who survives.