May 15th, 2012
Discussion over which ambulance company would provide sole service to the Borough of Johnsonburg and north Ridgway Township continued into Tuesday afternoon's Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
The debate stemmed from yesterday's Johnsonburg Borough Council meeting where it was announced that the Johnsonburg Fire Department would reportedly discontinue providing advanced and basic life support services to the area at midnight on June 30.
Margaret C. Severance, 91, of 101 N. Mill St., Ridgway died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born Nov. 28, 1920, in Sargent, the daughter of Philip and Christina Amicone Scutella.
She married Guy J. Severance, who predeceased her on July 13, 1992.
Mrs. Severance was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. She had been employed at Elk County General Hospital, retiring in 1985, after 35 years of service.
E. Jayne Trumbull, 74, of 6265 Shawmut Rd., Ridgway, died Monday afternoon, May 14, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
She was born June 9, 1937 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Eugene and Grace (Reinhart) Lyle.
She was married to James C. Trumbull, who preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 2003.
William A. Freeburg, 78, of 153 Ridge Rd., Kersey, died Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home in Hollidaysburg.
He was born Jan. 3, 1934 in Toby, son of the late John and Esther Hedlund Freeburg.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1952.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1956 to 1958.
He is survived by a sister, Marie Anstrom of Ridgway; and a brother, Robert Freeburg of Ridgway.
Virginia Marie Draper, age 71, of 5441 Whispering Willow Way, Ft. Myers, Fla., died on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Florida following a brief illness.
She was born on Nov. 27, 1940 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and married Jay Draper in August 1962.
They had two children, Donna Mancini of St. Augustine, Fla., and Jeffrey D. Draper, who preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 2008 in Pittsburgh. She had two grandsons whom she adored.
Ridgway baseball recognized the team with a banquet Monday at Sandy Beach Recreational Park after the Elkers' game with St. Marys.
Ridgway varsity baseball head coach Mark Morelli recognized seniors Ryan McClelland and Jay Launer for their efforts with the team.
"We appreciate everything you've done," Morelli said. "We certainly wish you well in your future plans."
JoJo Jaques was the winner of the scholar-athlete award.
"A lot of schools look at people and their grades," Morelli said. "You got to keep your grades up."
The Ridgway Area School District recently announced the 2012 Prom Court. Members includee:
Logan is the daughter of Joel and Donna Feronti. Her activities include: Model UN, Mock Trial, Science Olympiad, Show Choir, District and Regional Choir, School Musicals, Marching Band, Student Council, Class Officer, and National Honor Society. Logan plans to attend college to pursue a career in musical theatre.
Matt Marusiak of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy gave a special presentation on source water protection and conservation easements at Monday's meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
Marusiak, a land protection specialist for the conservancy, has an office in Ridgway and a territory that covers the entire 12-county region of the PA Wilds. He has a degree in petrochemical engineering and has worked on the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission and for the planning department of Elk County.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council will have to choose who will provide QRS [quick response services] services to residents of the Borough of Johnsonburg and north Ridgway Township following a suggestion from council member Duane Duffy to extricate the Johnsonburg Fire Department from providing the service.
Duffy's suggestion proceeded a letter from the fire department stating that they will cease to provide basic life support [BLS] and ambulance transport services to be effective 11:59 p.m. on June 30.
The letter was read aloud by Borough Manager Mary Polaski:
Tom Detwiler, Vice-President/General Manager of the Domtar-Johnsonburg Papermill, has been named the Mill Manager-of-the-Year by the Paper Industry Management Association (PIMA). Tom received this prestigious honor on April 25 at the PaperCon 2012 conference held in New Orleans, and accepted the award in front of fellow mill managers from across the country.
As recognition of his award, Tom received the high honor on April 27 when his service to the mill and community was officially noted by United States Congressman Glenn Thompson (PA-5).