March 25th, 2014
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is currently preparing for spring cleanup days in Elk County, where they will be assisting in the collection of electronics as well as used tires for municipalities throughout the county.
The authority, in conjunction with eLoop, will be hosting an electronics collection at the former municipal building located along Ridgway Drive in Ridgway Township. On Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., used electronics will be transported directly from the site by eLoop, who regularly collect electronics from the community recycling center in St. Marys.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A house destroyed by fire in late December in Johnsonburg was razed recently.
The home, located in the 200 block of Blaine Avenue, went up in flames shortly after midnight on Dec. 20, 2013.
The call came in at 12:33 a.m. to 204 Blaine Ave., a residence situated along a borough road running parallel to the state Route 219 bypass.
George and Lisa Pontious of Johnsonburg reportedly resided at the residence, according to Corporal Greg Agosti, a fire marshal with the Ridgway-based State Police.
ST. MARYS â€“ The general consensus of business owners along South St. Marys Street seems to be that the inconveniences are worthwhile in the end.
Steve and Kim Kunes, owners of Ace Auto, said that they lost 10 feet of their property to the state right-of-way but the retaining wall was rebuilt at no cost to them.
â€śWeâ€™re happy for the wall,â€ť Steve said. â€śI wish they would have finished the wall and I wish they would have made the wall higher so I could have got some of my property back, but thatâ€™s the state. They took quite a bit.â€ť
Georgenna E. Thomas, 81, formerly of 432 North Broad St., Ridgway, died Monday morning, March 24, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born Aug. 28, 1932 in Ridgway, daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Huggler) Hostetlar. She married Lloyd R. Thomas on Nov. 27, 1970, he preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2009. She had resided in Ridgway all her life and was a graduate of the Ridgway High School.
She was a member of the Faith United Church of Christ. Georgenna had been employed by Ridgway Color for 40 years.
ST. MARYS â€“Â The SGL Warriors Relay for Life team will be holding their 11th semi-annual comedy show, LOL Stand Up Comedy Show, on Saturday, March 29 at the Edgewood Hall. Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. and the show, which will feature three comedians, will begin around 8 p.m. The funds raised through the event, which also features various giveaways, are credited to the team's total, but all of the money goes toward the total for the Elk County Relay for Life.
Former Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department treasurer Phillip McKay Jr., 61, will reportedly be seeking a reduced sentence for punishments stemming from a November conviction of device access fraud. Upon conviction, McKay was sentenced to five years probation and $10,698.43 in restitution payments.
Ridgway native Kristen Van Aken, postmaster of the Passumpsic, Vt. Post Office, recently authored a children's book entitled "Pigs! Under the Post Office?"
Based off a real-life situation of pigs living under a carriage house in the process of being converted into a post office, Van Aken penned the whimsical tale of three pigs who sneak into the basement of Postmaster Peachums' office. Matthew Gauvin is the illustrator for the book.
Robert T. Wall Jr., 81, of Ridgway, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Christ the King Manor.
He was born on July 20, 1932 in Stump Creek, son of the late Robert T. Sr. and Lillian (Butler) Wall.
He graduated from DuBois Area High School in 1951, and was an AAV Wrestling Champion. He married Barbara Simpson of Clymer on Feb. 14, 1952.
He was a proud Korean War Veteran. He was employed by A & P Stores in DuBois, Brockway and Ridgway. He retired in 1995. He then worked at Alpine Pressed Metals and the Allegheny Coating where he retired from in March of 2013 at the age of 81.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg varsity wrestling was honored with a banquet Wednesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Varsity head coach Mike Votano expressed appreciation to assistant coaches Eric Iorfido, Bart Nelson, Beau Iorfido and Dylan Nelson.
Votano recognized the wrestlers. Alex Zimmerman won the Aaron Muroski Memorial Award and the Most Outstanding Wrestler award, the latter award won for the third time by the Johnsonburg seniors. Votano estimated Zimmermanâ€™s 4-year record at 85-17.