Archive - Dec 2011
Saint Lucia is said to be one of the earliest saints.
As early as the sixth century she was venerated as a virgin martyr. Legends say that during Swedenâ€™s terrible famine, a young woman dressed in white named Lucia came to offer help. She later suffered a gruesome martyrdom in order to remain a virgin and serve the poor. Later her duties where celebrated throughout Sweden as the feast day of Lucia, and is celebrated as a festival of lights.
Cultivated by Swedish founders, the Bethlehem Lutheran Church exemplifies their heritage by celebrating St. Lucia with an annual festival.
Larry Caggeso of Ridgway will be jumping into the Allegheny River for 30 seconds this Sunday, Dec. 11, as a part of the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in the Allegheny River.
Caggeso has been involved in polar plunges for two years. His first plunge was in Conneaut Lake in Ohio with his son, Michael Caggeso.
â€śMy first year was in Conneaut Lake, and it was one of the first times in many years the lake froze over,â€ť Caggeso said. â€śThey had to bring in a back how to cut a hole for us to jump into.â€ť
On Thursday afternoon Edward R. Kralik, 68, of St. Marys, went before Elk County President Judge Richard Masson as part of a Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) hearing. Kralik pleaded guilty in May to third-degree murder in the June 2010 homicide of Clayton Lecker of St. Marys and is currently incarcerated at State Correction Institution (SCI) Smithfield in Huntingdon.
Leanne Nedza, Kralik's attorney, stated the purpose of the hearing is that Kralik "was not afforded effective assistance of council when he made his plea."
A campaign to save the Pennsy Railroad Station along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway has already begun.
Ridgway resident Dennis D. Heindl and wife Rose met with borough officials and Genessee & Wyoming property manager William V. Gentilman on Tuesday morning to present a $50,000 check to assist in restoring the outside of the train station to its original condition.
Heindl hopes to raise an additional $50,000 to $75,000.
As an added bonus, all contributors who donate $250 or more will have their name engraved on a plaque that will be displayed outside of the station.
ST. MARYS - A new baler that will make recycling efforts easier and more efficient was delivered to the Elk County Community Recycling Center at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys this week.
The main part of the baler was delivered and placed on Tuesday, while the tipper used to load recyclables into the baler arrived on Wednesday.
An email warning readers that their cellphone numbers are set to be released to telemarketing companies this month has been declared a hoax.
The email instructs readers to register with the National Do Not Call (DNC) List in order to prevent themselves from receiving the imminent torrent of sales calls. The email says that registering with the DNC list "will only take a minute of your time, and blocks your number for five years."
Douglas A. McClelland, 49, of 314 Vernon Ave., Ridgway, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 7, 2011, at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born June 27, 1962 son of Kenneth H. and Patricia A. (Eckert) McClelland.
County commissioners on Tuesday released an $11.3 million spending plan that features no new taxes highlighted with a 3-percent wage increase for bargaining and non-bargaining county employees.
"We're very pleased to announce that the 2012 proposed budget will now be on display," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "We're very pleased that there is no tax increase forecast in the numbers.
Officials discussed the intricacies of two prison policies Tuesday morning during a lengthy meeting of the Elk County Prison Board.
Board members highlighted an existing policy regarding work release and school release inmates, and also discussed a policy regarding the detainment of inmates on civil and criminal bench warrants issued by a Court of Common Pleas judge.
ST. MARYS - At the Elk County Job Fair held Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Activity Center in St. Marys, 22 employers representing the transportation, telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare and service industries were on hand to meet with area job seekers like Adam Robuck of Kersey, who said he has been in the job market since October 2010. Robuck said prior to that, he had been employed with GKN Emporium until the company initiated a reduction in its workforce in 2008.