August 11th, 2013
WETMORE TWP. â€“Â Two Johnsonburg residents were killed and two juveniles injured in a two-vehicle head-on collision that occurred just after midnight on Sunday in McKean County.
The Teen Queen was crowned Sunday at the closing ceremony for the annual Mt. Jewett Swedish Festival. The group includes, left to right: Haley Williams, first runner-up; Brynn Howard, the 2013 Teen Queen; Maya Huckabone, the 2012 Teen Queen; and Ally Carpenter, coordinator for the Teen Queen Contest. Howard is the 13-year-old daughter of Ted and Karen Howard.
Bruce and Cindy Jack were introduced as the 2013 Mt. Jewett Swedish Festival Senior King and Queen at Friday evening's opening ceremonies.
SMETHPORT â€“ The attorney for Pastor Mark Hooper of Mount Jewett asked Judge John Cleland to drop the charge of endangerment of the welfare of a child in a hearing on Friday afternoon at the McKean County Courthouse.
Gertrude F. Anderson, age 93, formerly of Harrison Township, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 at 8:05 p.m. at The Lutheran Home in Kane.
She was born on her mother's birthday on Maple Street in Natrona Heights on July 14, 1920, daughter of Henry and Pearl Buzzard Sherrieb. She resided in the Harrison Township area for 90 years and had lived at The Lutheran Home of Kane since 2011.
She was a graduate of Har-Brack High School in 1939 and worked as an operator for Bell Telephone, and as a homemaker.
Kane native Sarah Hall didnâ€™t have far to look to find motivation for her niche in life.
â€śGrowing up with the beautiful Allegheny National Forest as my backyard is what inspired me to follow my passion for nature,â€ť Hall said. â€śI knew I wanted to help conserve forests and now thatâ€™s what I get to do everyday for a living.â€ť
Members of the Kane Senior Center have spent much of the last year writing letters, sending packages and praying for Kane native Major Katie Yancosek, who was stationed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army until recently.
Katherine Wenk â€śKayâ€ť Christoffers, 91, of State College and Atlantis, Fla., died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Hospice of Palm Beach County, Atlantis, Fla.
Born Jan. 29, 1922, in Philadelphia, Kay was the only child of Lora Ethel Heim Wenk and Karl Edward Wenk of Kane.
She attended Kane High School and Arlington Hall Junior College, and graduated from Connecticut College for Women in 1945 with a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Economics.
Janet Rose Shelander, age 74, of Duffy Apartments, Johnsonburg, died at home Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 after a brief illness.
She was born June 17, 1939 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edward and Stella (Kinny) Shelander.
She attended Johnsonburg schools and worked at Stackpole Carbon of Johnsonburg and St. Marys, Elcam, and the Deli of Johnsonburg Market Basket/Jubilee.
MT. JEWETT â€“ â€śSweder and Swederâ€¦Every Year!â€ť
This is the theme for the annual Swedish Festival in Mt. Jewett.
The three-day event opens Friday evening and continues through Sunday evening.
Like many festivals, the event includes amusement rides, food vendors, arts and crafts exhibitsÂ and musical entertainment.