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Local WWII Naval Hero Remembered in a New Book
Carmine “Carmen” Anthony Parziale of Weedville was on board the WW II submarine USS Grunion (SS-216) when it was lost at sea during the early days of World War II. Carmen’s niece Mary (Parziale) Bentz and her husband Richard have just released a new book which provides biographies for the entire 70-man crew of the Grunion, including that of Mary’s uncle Carmen. An earlier book, Fatal Dive, by Peter F. Steven, documents the incredible story of the search for and discovery of the Grunion, which disappeared without a trace on July 30, 1942, near the Aleutian Island of Kiska shortly after the Battle of Midway. When Fatal Dive was outlined, it was decided to include a biography of each member of the crew in an appendix. Due to space limitations, the bios were necessarily brief.

The new book, We Remember Them: A Biographical Supplement for Fatal Dive, by Mary and Richard Bentz, provides extended biographies of the Grunion crew, using information that the authors gleaned from many sources: Catherine (Kay) Abele, wife of the submarine’s commander, LCDR Mannert (Jim) Abele, maintained correspondence with the families of the entire crew, officers and enlisted men alike, through the years following Grunion’s loss. Susan Abele, wife of Jim and Kay Abele’s son Bruce, organized that correspondence into binders. These letters became an invaluable resource for this book. The letters provided insight into what it was like to live without loved ones lost to war with no information about what had become of them. Archival military records at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland, and the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) in St. Louis, Missouri, provided the crew members’ military history. These same sources provided copies of family letters to the Navy searching desperately for answers about the fate of their loved ones. Charles Hinman, owner of the OnEternalPatrol.com website provided pictures of many of the crew. Other sources included photographs, memorabilia, and personal remembrances from family members and friends of the crew of the Grunion. Many shared letters home from crew members. These provided a look at the sailors’ hopes, their aspirations, and their concerns about family members and loved ones left behind. We Remember Them and Fatal Dive are both available at Amazon.com.

Blood Donors Needed!
The need for all blood types is constant and ongoing. All community members are encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood in the days and weeks ahead. Appointments are encouraged. Visit www.redcrossblood.org or call1-800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment! Donors with eligibility questions should call 1-866-236-3276. Upcoming blood drives are listed below:
Sept. 19 NOON-5:30 PM American Red Cross Clearfield

Career, Business & Personal Interest Courses Offered Locally
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September 2014

Bench Dedication at the Mt. Zion Memorial Park
date, time, & location: Sept. 18 at 6 PM at the Mt. Zion memorial Park
description: The Vietnam Chapter of MZHS has scheduled an event at the Mt Zion Memorial Park , Weedville, to dedicate their bench on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6 PM. They plan food and refreshments. All board members together with the general public are invited to attend.

Bavarian Fall Fest
date & location: Sept 19-21 in downtown St. Marys
description: Find us on the web at www.bavarianfallfest.com
Schedule of events below
Friday, September 19, 2014
• 8:00 am Setup Begins • 9:00 am - 11:00 am Vendor Arrival • 6:00 PM - Opening Ceremonies (Main Stage - John Salter) Opening Prayer - Person of the Year Award (TBD) • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Two Guys Drinking Beer
Saturday, September 20, 2014
• 9:00 am Festival opens • 9:00 am Farmer's Market - next to Casali's Restaurant • 11:00 am - 5:00 PM Kidz Zone (Boys and Girls Club) • 11:00 am - 2:00 PM Talent Contest • 12:00 PM Toy Run begins at Walmart Parking Lot • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM The Chain (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band) • 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Toy Run riders arrive at festival (parking in parking garage) • 5:30 PM Toy Run raffle winners drawn on main stage • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Venus Freak/Charlie Wheeler Trio
Sunday, September 21, 2014
• 7:00 am - Pancake breakfast at Crystal Fire Department on Erie Avenue • 9:00 am Festival opens • 10:00 am - 11:00 am Folk Mass - Father Ross • 11:30 am - 2:00 PM Rainwood Blue • 2:00 PM Basket Raffle winners announced • 3:00 PM Festival ends

Gourmet Kitchen & The Winery at Wilcox Day of Hope
date & time:Sept. 20, 2014 from 9 AM- 5 PM
description: 5K walk / Parade of Bras * Butterfly Release * Zumba * and other events and activities throughout the day! For more information stop in or call The Gourmet Kitchen (814-375-1070) or The Winery at Wilcox (814-375-6885)

21st Annual Elk County Youth Field Day Sponsored by the Elk County Sportsmen for Youth
date, time, & location:
Saturday, Sept. 20 at the St. Marys Sportsmen's Club Farm (Flower Valley) 8:20 AM to 4:30 PM.
description: Activities include shotgun and 22 shooting, fishing, archery, trapping, turkey identification, and more. All Elk County youth ages 10 - 14 invited. Lunch, T-shirts, and hats provided free. Outdoor demonstrations all day. To register callthe St. Marys Chamber of Commerce at 781-3804. Registration is free but space is limited! Registration open till Sept. 15.

3rd Annual Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge 14K Run, 7K Run & 2 Mile Fun Walk
Hosted by the Elk County Conservation District - Proceeds Benefit Environmental Education

date, time, & location: 9 AM, Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Laurel Mill Ski Trail, Allegheny National Forest, near Ridgway, PA. (GPS: 41° 26’ 26.4” N, 78° 47’ 18.9” W)
description: COURSE: The Laurel Mill Trail was designed specifically for XC skiing and hiking. The trail is a series of interconnected loops and is mostly rolling hills. The surface is dirt, gravel, rocks, sticks, leaves, grass and maybe even a few tree branches. Watch out for the bears and skunks!
AGE GROUPS: Male and Female Runner Divisions – 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & Over
AWARDS: Awards to first overall male and female in the 14K and 7K. The walk is a “fun walk” and is non-competitive.
Awards to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place male and female in the 14K and 7K age groups.
SHIRTS: Each participant registered by September 8 will receive a race t-shirt (adult unisex sizing).
T-shirts are only guaranteed to those that are pre-registered.
REGISTRATION: $15 pre-registration received by September 9. $20 post-registration and on race day.
Race day registration at the Laurel Mill Trailhead from 7:30 AM until 8:45 AM.
Mail registrations with check payable to: Drop Off Registration and payment at:
Elk County Conservation District Elk County Conservation District OR Country Squirrel Outfitters
P.O. Box 448 Courthouse Annex Building 3 Main Street
Ridgway, PA 15853 300 Center Street, Ridgway, PA Ridgway, PA
Mon. - Fri. 8:00AM – 4:00PM

The Rest Of The Story - A Historical Dramatization

presented by the Jefferson County Historical Society and sponsored by the Brockway Historical Society
date, time, & location: Sept. 22 at 7 PM in the Mengle Memorial Library in Brockway - Free admission
description: No doubt you have heard of Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth. Perhaps you know of Brookville's prominent citizen and local historian Kate Scott. But did you know that these two people were intimates and had a daughter together? Scott produced a "tell all" given as a sworn and notarized deposition in October, 1910. What she reveals is astonishing. Find out more at this historical dramatization!!

The Winery at Wilcox - Monaco's "An Intimate Boutique"
date & time: It's an all-day affair that runs from 1 to 9 PM
description: Featuring fall foods paired with wine. First 25 women to purchase will receive a discount!! Cost is $10. Please RSVP by Sept. 22. For more details call 814-375-6885 or email dubwineshop@wineryatwilcox.net.

The Sounds of Autumm TOB Marching Band Competition
date, time & location: Sept. 27 at 1 PM at Dutch Country Stadium
description: This year 9 bands will perform at Dutch Country Stadium in a variety of competition classes and shows, Come out to support"The Best Band In The Land"!!!

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