Archive - 2014
Talented musicians and singers are taking center stage this holiday season throughout Elk County.
In Ridgway Thursday night, members of the fifth grade, middle school, and high school bands performed for a large crowd at the Ira S. Nippes Auditorium in the Ridgway Area High-Middle School. The fifth-grade band presented a variety of holiday tunes before the middle school took the stage, presenting such favorites as "Let it Snow!" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
The Elk County Historical Society will be hosting a Christmas Toy Exhibit/Open House event tonight from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1-4 p.m. at the Center House Museum, 109 Center St., in Ridgway.
The free event features an "Old Time Christmasâ€ť exhibit covering roughly a century of toys and decorations. The Friday event will feature hors dâ€™oeuvres and eggnog while the Saturday event is geared more towards our areaâ€™s youth with hot chocolate, candies, and cookies.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District has received a $12,000 grant from the Elk County Community Foundation that will be used to replace a laptop cart within the district.
"I appreciate the ongoing support of the foundation for our school district," Crotzer said. "Over the years they have been very generous."
Crotzer added that the school district has been able to do a lot with previous grants from the Elk County Community Foundation, especially in the area of technology.
Lana J. Robinson, 74, of 90 North Park Place in DuBois, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 3, 2014 at Penn Highlands DuBois.
She was born May 6, 1940 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Rennie and Elise (Wise) Robinson.
She had resided in Ridgway for most of her life, and she was Protestant by faith.
She had been employed by the Ridgway Area School District as a teacher for many years, and following her retirement, she worked several years for Beacon Light.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, and she was preceded in death by her parents.
Lyle Yale, 78, of Yale Drive, Brockport, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at his residence.
Born Dec. 30, 1935 in Brockport, he was the son of the late Eli and Bernice Sidelinger Yale Sr.
On Jan. 7, 1956, he was married to Janet Snedden and she survives.
Retired, he had been employed at Keystone Carbon in St. Marys. Lyle enjoyed tinkering around his house, especially cutting the grass. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his two grandsons, Toby and Matt Nashadka.
Linda Lee Reams, 66, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.
She was born Jan. 30, 1948 in Warren. She was married to Brice Reams, who preceded her in death.
She grew up in Ridgway before moving to Johnsonburg. She spent the last four years of her life in New Mexico.
She is survived by her children, Michelle McMinn, Denise Kunes, Renee Hicks, Bryan Reams, and Stacey Warner; one brother and three sisters; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Holly McMinn.
Wayne D. Rapp, 78, of 269 Highland Rd., Kane, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 3, 2014 following an extended illness.
Born May 26, 1936 in Sackett, he was the son of Lawrence W. and Lillian F. Whipple Rapp. On Nov. 10, 1956 in Kane, he married Patricia J. Neely, who died in 1993.
Wayne worked for National Fuel Gas in various positions, retiring as an electrician in 1996Â after 33 years of service. During that time he also owned and operated Wayne's Sales &Â Service, performing small engine repair from his home.
KERSEY â€“ Numerous Fox Township residents voiced frustration over their water quality to Fox Township Supervisors during their Wednesday evening meeting. For nearly two weeks 127 Toby Water customers have been under a boil water notice which is not expected to cease anytime soon as supervisors work to remedy the situation.
On Nov. 18, Fox Township officials were notified they were in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act following an inspection of the Toby Water Treatment Plant during which time the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determined the presence of Giardia cyst.
Jack Cleaver of Ridgway will be showing off his Christmas village that he has assembled in his basement in an attempt to fund-raise for the YMCA capital improvement project.
Cleaver's Christmas village collection, which he has been working on since the 1980s, includes hundreds of pieces, which he values at an estimated $40,000 to 50,000, although he admits it is hard to estimate a value of his collection since many of his pieces have been retired and are no longer available for purchase.
ST. MARYS â€“ Plans are moving ahead in establishing Pennsylvania's first Rural Regional Community College which would serve a nine-county area including Elk County.
The 15-member Rural Regional Community College Board of Trustees met for the first time Tuesday afternoon at the Community Education Council in St. Marys in order to complete initial steps for the formation of the community college with the goal of offering two-year associate degrees, training and certificate programs.