April 21st, 2014
During the regular meeting of the Ridgway Borough Council held Monday evening, council heard from another group of citizens concerning drug use throughout the borough.
"We are all concerned about the drug issues in town and we've collectively come up with some questions," said Ridgway resident Stevie Gustafson. "We would just like them addressed and answered and maybe give us some feedback on what we can do."
Gustafson reported that the questions offered to the borough were on behalf of a Facebook group who have been expressing online their shared concerns.
Joan G. Verbka, 69, of 276 Coal Hollow Rd., Kersey, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born July 24, 1944 in Anita, daughter of the late Matthew and Helen Anderson Gresock. On July 24, 1965 in the St. Josephâ€™s Church in Anita, she married Rudy Verbka who survives.
She was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School, Class of 1962 and had been a lifelong resident of the Kersey area. She served as the church secretary at St. Boniface Church for 30 years and still worked as a columnist for the local newspapers.
Melvin R. Hoffman, 70, of 415 Allenhurst Ave., Ridgway, died on April 19, 2014.
He was born on July 8, 1943 in St. Marys, son of the late Andrew and Margaret Eckert Hoffman. He was the loving husband and best friend to Gloria M. Roseto, who he married on Nov. 26, 1964 at St. Leo's Catholic Church where he was a member. He was a graduate of St. Marys High School.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Rams quickly settled down after early gaffes Monday in time to watch a masterful Cole Peterson strike out 15 batters en route to a 6-2 complete game win over visiting Eisenhower.
After a few errors marred the opening inning, and put the Rams in a 2-0 hole, Peterson settled down while his teammates lit up mound opponent Shane Arford for six runs for a 6-2 win.
Ridgway looked to have a prime chance to tie or take the lead, loading the bases with no one out.
DuBois Central Catholic Phil Myers made sure it wasn't such a prime opportunity.
Myers kept the Elkers off the board in the bottom of the sixth and DCC added an insurance run in the seventh inning for a 3-1 victory over Ridgway Monday afternoon at Sandy Beach Recreational Park in the Elkers' home opener.
ST. MARYS â€“ In the spring of 2011, Taylor Frank, her sister Carly, and siblings Rachael, Michael, and Daniel Paladino were planning a 5K run/walk in honor of their mothers, both of whom had recently succumbed to brain aneurysms. They wanted to hold the event the Saturday before Easter and, according to Taylor Frank, that original plan had it beginning and ending at her home.
"We thought only our friends and family would come," she said.
However, as word spread, more and more people began to register for the event.
Betty L. Walters, 89, of 78 Horner Rd., Wilcox, died Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014 at her residence following a lengthy illness.
She was born Oct. 22, 1924 in Wilcox, daughter of the late Robert and Ida Magnuson Whippo.
She married Clyde T. Walters Sr. on July 3, 1942 in Smethport, and he survives.
She resided in Wilcox all her life and attended Wilcox High School. She was a member of Wilcox Presbyterian Church. She was an excellent cook, baker, and was most comfortable being a homemaker. She was also employed by Stackpole Carbon Co. in St. Marys for five years.
Nancy Josephine Zameroski Root,Â 58, of North East, died on Friday, April 18, 2014 at UPMC HamotÂ after a short illness with breast cancer.
She was born on Jan. 9, 1956 in Ridgway to Catherine Scarfo Zameroski of North East and the late Henry (Hank) Zameroski (May 10, 1986).
Nancy was a graduate of North East High School and attended Slippery Rock University and Gannon University where she studied counseling psychology.
She was formerly employed at the GertrudeÂ A. Barber Center as a behavior therapist and was currently employed as a Title Abstractor.
ST. MARYS â€“ On Monday at 11 a.m., Molly Quesenberry, 42, of St. Marys will take to the starting line of the Boston Marathon fulfilling a vow she made to return to the race.
"I feel like it's about going out there and supporting Boston, the victims, other runners and doing it for that reason and not really for myself. If you stay away and don't go back then you're giving in and that's what the people who did it want," Quesenberry said.
One year ago Quesenberry and her family experienced the terror of the bombings that killed three and injured nearly 260 spectators.
Theresa A. Murray, 67, of 115 Kings Point, Glenshaw, died Thursday evening, April 17, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
She was born June 6, 1946 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Ferdinand "Fred" and Agnes Myers Calla. On Oct. 10, 1975, she married Patrick J. Murray and he survives.
She graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1964 and resided in Glenshaw for the past 34 years.
She was a member of St. Sebastian Church. She was employed by Keystone Carbon Co. for several years and Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital for several years.