February 8th, 2012
By Joseph Bell
Women and Handguns, a popular longtime program offered by Elk County's sheriff's department, will enjoy continued success thanks to a $5,000 grant from the National Rifle Association [NRA].
"Several months ago, I was issuing a license-to-carry permit in the office and I wish now I have the individual's name because he certainly deserves a public thanks," said Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg. "He's a middle school teacher in St. Marys and he's very interested in and involved with the National Rifle Association, of which I am also a member.
A lengthy process came to fruition Tuesday as the Elk County Commissioners approved an energy-saving initiative that could save county officials and taxpayers over $500,000 in the next 20 years.
"Bekki Titchner and I have been developing a plan to make the county buildings as energy-efficient as possible," said Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator for the county's planning department. "In doing so, we have hired a company called FIT Optimized Solutions to do an energy audit to tell us what the best solutions are for us to make our buildings more energy-efficient.
The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a license agreement with the West Penn Power company for the West Creek Wetlands classroom with the condition that the electricity magnate approves the construction of restroom facilities.
Elizabeth J. "Betty" Dietz, 86, of 106 Linwood Ave., St. Marys, died on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at DuBois Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
She was born Nov. 15, 1925 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Edward and Lillian Davis Cheatle.
On June 14, 1947 in St. Mark's Church in Emporium, she married James H. Dietz, who survives.
Ridgway boys basketball rebounded after its first loss of the season with an 81-39 victory over Kane Wednesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Ridgway coach Anthony Allegretto said it was a tough game to prepare for after the Tuesday night game against Johnsonburg. This was also a makeup game which was originally scheduled for Jan. 13 but was snowed out.
"It's tough to come out and play after having that big, huge game and the excitement of playing against one of the top teams in the district," Allegretto said.
Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a resolution Tuesday proclaiming their opposition to two controversial sections of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.
Officials said Tuesday that the sections in question, Sections 1021 and 1022, "as proposed, in limited circumstances," allows an American citizen to be "detained by our own United States government and by our Armed Forces" and detention "could last without trial until the end of the hostilities currently authorized by the authorization for use of military force."
To Ridgway resident Jack Cleaver Jr. bearing witness to the last passenger train departing from the Pennsy Railroad Station along N. Broad Street in Ridgway is a wonderful childhood memory.
In 1962, Cleaver only an 11-year-old boy at the time says he remembers the scene vividly.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The third time is the charm in Johnsonburg.
The Rams (15-3) avenged two losses earlier in the season to previously undefeated Ridgway (18-1) Tuesday night with a 53-41 win in the Paper City.
Although Ridgway senior Eric Matheson led all scorers with 20 points on the night, the visiting Elkers were unable to stop the triple threat of Johnsonburg sophomores Cameron Grumley and Cole Peterson, and senior Mitchell Holmberg.
Grumley and Peterson finished with 17 and 16 points, respectively, while Holmberg put in 15 for the game.
Alan James Polito of Incline Village of Lake Tahoe, Nev. and Lailua-Kona, Hawaii and a former Ridgway resident, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 in Hawaii.
Alan was born in Ridgway on June 11, 1943. He was a 1961 graduate of Ridgway Area High School and a 1965 graduate of St. Francis College in Loretto. He earned his Ph. D. in biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969 and then did his post-doctoral work in UCLA.
Johnsonburg girls basketball won 59-27 against the Ridgway Lady Elkers Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
The Ramettes were led by the trio of Brittany Watts, Rhianon Fowler and Chelsea Benson, all three of them finished with more than 10 points. Fowler led the Ramettes with 18 points while Watts tallied 16 and Benson finished with 13 points.
"They've been stepping it up all year and hopefully it will continue," Johnsonburg coach Mike Zilkofski said.
A key second-quarter run opened the game up for Johnsonburg. Overall, the Ramettes outscored Ridgway 23-5 in the quarter.