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Archive - Jul 2011

July 22nd

RHS grad leading Little League team in state tournament

July 23, 2011

The Pennsylvania Major League All-Star Tournament will have some Ridgway representation this upcoming week.
Matt Wright, a 1985 Ridgway Area High School graduate is coaching the Redland Major League All-Stars to the state tournament.

Fundraiser to help Bodien family

July 23, 2011

For many folks, it seems to be the simplest of tasks: "I can get into the grocery store and remember things without even writing it down," says Jim Bodien of Ridgway, "even if it is just two or three things."
Jim suffers from Huntington's disease, a genetic defect on chromosome No. 3 that has caused loss of memory, judgment, speech changes, personality changes, and has brought on confusion in his life. To simply remember those two or three grocery items is in itself a noteworthy achievement.

Key National Guard generals salute fallen soldier

July 23, 2011

*This is part of a special internet edition*

KANE – Two key generals in the Pennsylvania National Guard visited Friday afternoon in Kane with the family of 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, who was killed Monday in Afghanistan.
The generals who flew to Kane in a Black Hawk helicopter from the Guard headquarters at Indiantown Gap near Harrisburg include:
*Major General Wesley Craig, who as adjutant general is the leader of the entire Pennsylvania National Guard.

Tears are flowing at National Guard unit in Kane

July 23, 2011

*This article is part of a special internet edition*

KANE – There's a somber mood today at the Kane Armory along Chestnut Street where the local National Guard unit is undergoing its monthly drill.
The unit-- Detachment 1, Company A, 128th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), Second Brigade of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard-- is mourning the loss of Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, who was killed Monday while serving with another Guard unit in Afghanistan.

July 21st

Ken VanGiesen's family relies on faith to endure pain

July 22, 2011

*This article is part of a special internet edition*

KANE – Tom and Sue VanGiesen on Tuesday heard the worst news parents can ever hear.
Their 30-year-old son-- Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen-- had been killed in Afghanistan while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
As can be imaged, it's been a painful four days for the VanGiesen family as plans still are being made for the soldier's funeral in Kane.
Despite their heartache and tears, the VanGiesens both claim their faith in God will see them through these darkest days of their lives.

'Tasting in the Wilds' festival this Saturday

July 22, 2011

The Ridgway Heritage Council will present the sixth annual 'Tasting in the Wilds' festival this Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at the Firemen's Grounds along Route 219 in Ridgway.
The festival offers a great opportunity for patrons to sample beverages from eight local wineries and an even larger selection of beers from breweries such as Otto's Pub and Brewery out of State College, Erie-based Erie Brewing Company, Straub Brewery of St. Marys and more.
With a tasting ticket, participants can sample beers by Troegs Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Samuel Adams and many others.

Restoration project on schedule

July 22, 2011

During Monday night's borough council meeting, Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki reported that the restoration project for the Aiello Building at 205 Main Street in Ridgway, is running according to schedule.
"They are actually on schedule or a little ahead because of the dry weather that we have been having," Bogacki said. "Once they get the roof, windows and building contained they will have their own power source. Right now, they are focusing on the structure."
Bogacki noted that the target date for the building to be structurally sound was projected at six months.

Charles J. Yale

July 22, 2011

Charles J. Yale, age 63, of 156 Egypt Rd., Brockway, July 20, 2011, at U.P.M.C. - Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Dec. 26, 1947, in DuBois, son of Velma Yale Holman.
He married Jane Delp on July 7, 1973, she survives.
He was methodist by faith and was a member of both the Brockway and Warsaw Tonwship Sportsmens Clubs. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served during the Vietnam Era
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He was retired and was a Boiler Maker for Local 154.

July 20th

Fellow soldiers show highest respect for Ken VanGiesen

July 21, 2011

*This article is part of a special internet edition*

KANE – Ken VanGiesen always has been a soldier's soldier.
He earned this distinction by his attention to detail in every assignment he was ever given as a 12-year member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
VanGiesen, the 30-year-old son of Tom and Sue VanGiesen of 137 Lincoln St., Kane, died Monday when an "improvised explosive device (IED)" exploded on a convoy near Bagram in eastern Afghanistan. Two other soldiers riding in the same vehicle also were killed in the explosion. Five others were wounded.

Municipal Authority evaluates wastewater system

July 21, 2011

WILCOX – Manager Jeff Allio from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership [RCAP] out of Meadville evaluated the Jones Township Municipal Authority's rate structure Wednesday night during a board meeting.
RCAP's goal is to help small, rural communities that are seeking to build, maintain or expand their water and wastewater infrastructure by providing training in the financial, managerial and operational areas of water and wastewater systems.

Ridgway girls soccer won their second straight match with a 5-1 victory over the Smethport Lady...
Ridgway boys soccer extended their winning streak to four matches after a 3-1 win over Smethport...
The Ridgway Lady Elkers won the first game of Tuesday’s volleyball match in Kane rather handily, 25...