April 2nd, 2014
ST. MARYS â€“Â On Sunday the Dynamic Dance Competition Company (DDCC) is hosting a showcase featuring their 2014 season routines. There is free admission to the event being held at Elk County Catholic High School with a 2 p.m. curtain call.
This season's 22 dancers encompass the largest group in company history which is based out of April School of Dance in St. Marys.
"This competition season has gone very smooth," said Jennifer Blankenship, DDCC founder and artistic director. "Every time we start a new season it's a challenge for me and my dancers. It was an intense season."
Alice R. Vanatta, 94, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, formerly of 522 1st Ave., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday afternoon, April 2, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, following a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 12, 1919 in Wilcox, daughter of the late Albert N. and Mary Lecker Smith.
She married H. Dean Vanatta on Aug. 8, 1941. He died June 15, 1973.
She resided in Johnsonburg most of her life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1937.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg Senior Center and the former Rolfe Sportsmen's Club Women's Auxiliary.
Eugene A. "Oscar" Kriegel, 88, of 10 Samsel Ave. Johnsonburg, died Tuesday afternoon, April 1, 2014 at Penn Highlands-Elk, St. Marys, following a brief illness.
He was born May 13, 1925 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Anthony C. and Gertrude Keenen Kriegel.
He married Virginia M. "Chook" Williams on Dec. 17, 1945. She died Oct. 23, 1994.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1943.
Leo E. (Amacher) Cuthbert, 47, of 214 Fairview Ave., Johnsonburg, died March 13, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian following a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 10, 1966 in Ridgway, son of Thomas and Ruth Amacher.
He liked to walk in the woods to observe the wildlife.
He is survived by his mother, Nancy Cuthbert; and his siblings Lorraine Nolen, Dan Krzeminski, Julianne Folger, Laura Cuthbert, Karen Glenn, Willa Amacher, Thomas Amacher Jr., Fred Amacher, and Cris Amacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dawn E. Shipe; and by a nephew, Zacharias Amacher.
Facing a three-run deficit early in Wednesday afternoon's game, the Elk County Catholic Crusaders rallied to defeat the Ridgway Elkers 5-3 in a contest that was the season opener for both teams.
It may have been overcast and a bit chilly, but both teams were happy to finally be on the field playing baseball.
"It's good to be outside," said ECC head coach Fr. Eric Vogt. "The third day of the year we're outside and we play a game. We got the win though."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg baseball lost 7-3 to Smethport to open the 2014 season Tuesday afternoon at Knothole Area Recreational Park in Johnsonburg.
Miscues hurt the Rams in the season opener as Johnsonburg made four key errors which led to Smethport's runs. Three of those errors came in the outfield on relatively routine flyballs. Johnsonburg coach Jeff Peterson said he thought the outfield would be something that needs improved but expected better quality than what was displayed Tuesday.
ST. MARYS â€“ Due to several challenges being encountered by crews working on the state Route 255 project, the anticipated completion date of early September could be pushed back slightly later into the fall.
Among the road blocks being encountered are weather, hitting rock while installing utility lines and discovering numerous drains from homeowners which were unknown prior to construction.
April is recognized nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time dedicated to acknowledging the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.
These points were stressed Tuesday morning as Nancy Baker, director of Elk County's Children and Youth Services (CYS) department reviewed the importance of spreading the awareness.
Recent renovations to the former assessment office in the Elk County Courthouse have uncovered glimpses of the county's long forgotten past.
The courthouse, reportedly completed in 1880, had a very different look inside the facility versus today's building.
During a work session of the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors held Tuesday evening, the board addressed some concerns that were contained in a letter presented by Mark Paladino that was reportedly written on behalf of "a group of 400 concerned residents and taxpayers."
The board addressed the letter's comments regarding the special commission meeting that was held on Feb. 11 concerning the renewal of Dr. Michael O'Brien's contract.