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Archive - Oct 2011

October 11th

ECC duo wins district doubles

October 11, 2011

DuBOIS – Elk County Catholic’s Abby Meyer and Loreal Housler captured the District 9 tennis doubles championship on Tuesday by defeating their teammates, Laira Reuscher and Maria Gismondi, in the finals. The tournament was played at the DuBois Area High School courts.
Housler and Meyer reached the finals by defeating St. Marys Area’s Chelsea Agosti and Aubrey Wiesner 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals they beat Brockway’s Abigail Larson and Cassandra Foradori 6-1, 6-3.

Elkers fall to Smethport

October 11, 2011

Ridgway boys soccer lost 3-2 to Smethport Tuesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The Elkers couldn’t have started any better as Tad Pierce exploited a hole in the left side of the Smethport defense and scored just 20 seconds into the game to put Ridgway in the lead.
In the 11th minute, Pierce looped a pass from the right wing to the head of Josh Braley and he buried it perfectly into the left corner of the net as Ridgway took a 2-0 lead early in the game.

Details emerge in cause of murder victim's death

October 11, 2011

On Tuesday afternoon, forensic pathologist Dr. Eric Vey, M.D., of the Erie County Coroner's Office, was at the Elk County Courthouse presenting details on the cause of death of Irene Challingsworth during the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Donachy has been charged with rape, murder and other counts in the death of Challingsworth, which took place on April 6, 1999.
Elk County District Attorney Bradley Kraus and defense attorneys George Daghir and Shawn McMahon accepted Vey as an expert witness in forensic pathology as part of the trial.

Police personnel, acquaintance testify in Donachy trial

October 11, 2011

During the second day of the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, testimony was heard from Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Jeff Lee, former St. Marys City Police Sergeant Phil Hoh and Denise Zuchowski, Donachy's former roommate. Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a St. Marys beautician.

Facebook users asked to vote for Elk Regional's 'Pink Glove Dance' video

October 11, 2011

ST. MARYS – In order to promote breast cancer awareness and honor those who have had the disease, Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC) produced a video featuring employees from throughout the Elk Regional Health System performing the "Pink Glove Dance." The video, which was unveiled at ERHC's "Pink Palooza" event held on Sept. 22, is eligible to win $10,000 to be used for promoting breast cancer awareness in Elk County and surrounding communities.

Former Ridgway fire treasurer facing theft charges

October 11, 2011

The former treasurer of the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department has been charged with the misappropriation of at least $14,500 over a 21-month period.
According to the Ridgway Borough Police Department, Philip James McKay Jr., 59, of 403 W. Main St., Ridgway, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge George King.

Superintendent responds to Corbett's call for vouchers

October 11, 2011

Ridgway Area School District superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien responded to Gov. Tom Corbett's push for taxpayer-paid vouchers during Tuesday night's school board meeting.
"The governor is marching along with his desire for vouchers to take public money and send that to private or charter schools regardless of whether there is a religious affiliation or not and the amazing part for me is as I looked at the PSPA [Pennsylvania Schools Press Association] report; eight consecutive years now Pennsylvania public education has outperformed the predictions of the state," O'Brien said.

Train coupling causing disturbance

October 11, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Several Johnsonburg residents attended Monday afternoon's Johnsonburg Borough Council lodging complaints against the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad for a schedule change that is disturbing nearby residents late into the night.
Concerned resident Ryan Miller of 411 Ridgway Ave. said the schedule changed at the end of April.
"They [B&P] constructed a 3/4 mile siding track at the intersection of the water plant and since the beginning of May they have switched their rail schedules and now they are switching tracks three times during the night," Miller said.

October 10th

Borough considers floodgate repairs

October 10, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – The Borough of Johnsonburg is considering making repairs to the floodgate at their pump-house station to better provide protection to residents along West Center Street.
During Monday afternoon's borough council meeting, bids were received ranging from $3,200 to $6,000 for the repairs.
Council member Alfred Maletto suggested not accepting a bid until the borough received more information from the Army Corps of Engineers concerning costs.

Township approves quote

October 10, 2011

WILCOX – The Jones Township Supervisors approved a quote to install air conditioning for the gym in the Community Center during Monday night's meeting.
The quote from Peterson Refrigeration was approved for $3,500 by the Recreation Board earlier in the month.
"Tim Peterson [of Peterson Refrigeration] will come down and measure to come up with an exact price," said vice chair Deb Shaffer. "He will do testing to determine the draws coming from the gym and kitchen."
The incoming entrance of the Community Center will be upgraded to a newer 200 amp.

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