Archive - 2014
In celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program in Pennsylvania, local officials in Ridgway on Wednesday highlighted their own initiative during a meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board.
"WIC is a critical component of who we are and what we do as a regional organization," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central.
Jack A. Mecca, 64, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on May 22, 2014 after a long and courageous fight against cancer.
Born April 28, 1950 in Ridgway, he was the son of the late Betty J. (Mecca) Duffee and Charles Mecca. Jack was a 1968 graduate of Ridgway Area High School and completed his education at the Pittsburgh Aeronautical School of Technology.
Twyla C. Johnson, 86, of Willamson, N.Y. and Sewickley, died Monday, May 26, 2014.
She is survived by her children, Scott (Merribeth) Johnson, Lynn (Louis) Naugle, and Kent (Cindy) Johnson; her grandchildren, Brett, Zachary, Gregory, and Briel; her great-grandchildren, Blake and Brice; and loving nieces, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Johnson, and her beloved grandson, Nicholas Johnson.
No calling hours for Twyla C. Johnson will be held per her request. Burial will take place at Lake View Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien made a presentation to the board as well as several district residents entitled "Public Education, Battle of Money vs. Student Opportunities," in order to address some of the questions and comments that have been circulating concerning the district's budget making process.
Following O'Brien's presentation, district finance manager Brent Rhoads presented additional information on the updated proposed final budget which will be presented for a vote during the June board meeting.
Robin J. Weitzel, 51, died on Monday, May 26, 2014.
Born on April 6, 1963 in Millington, Tenn., she was the daughter of Vera (Ray) Kohler of Bradford and Robert (Michaele) Yard of Seneca, S.C.
She was married to Jay Weitzel, he survives.
She had been employed as a computer specialist for Eyecare Professionals in Bradford. She had previously been employed at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. and at Cattaraugus County.
Mabel M. Bates, 101, of Kennedy Township, formerly of Sheraden, died Sunday, May 25, 2014 surrounded by family.
She was born Sept. 12, 1912 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Joseph and Sadie Steis; beloved wife of the late Thomas L.; loving mother of Tom, Vicki Bates, and the late Bonnie Robinson; survived by a sister, Josephine Fasenmyer; cherished grandmother of Christian Bates, Jody and Julie Robinson, and Ryan Severin; close friend of Richard Foster; and mother-in-law of Patrick Robinson and Susan Atallah. Mabel is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
BROCKWAY â€” The Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team waited until the last moment Tuesday afternoon to tie the game with DuBois Central at 3-all in the bottom of the seventh inning, then got a single from Dan Singer to score Dan Stauffer in the eighth inning to send the Crusaders to the District 9-A championship game with a 4-3 victory.
Elk Catholic trailed 3-1 going into the home half of the seventh inning. With one out, Singer singled and moved to second on a single by Jeff Wehler. With two outs, Brandon Schlimm doubled scoring both Singer and Wehler to knot the game at three.
Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, Pa. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) were in town Tuesday morning and into the early afternoon to assess the flood damage that ravaged Ridgway last week.
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman and Ray Imhof, emergency coordinator for both Ridgway Borough and Township, and assistant fire chief, spoke Tuesday morning of the severity of the disaster during an emergency briefing downtown.
A woman drowned and a man was injured Saturday afternoon while canoeing on the Clarion River near Portland Mills Road in Ridgway Township.
The woman, whose name has not yet been released, became trapped underwater after canoers reportedly got hung up on a pylon on Portland Mills Bridge.
The man was trapped with his head above water and was later reportedly flown to UPMC Altoona for treatment of a leg injury.
At least one person in the group of canoers was charged with public drunkenness, according to reports from PSP Ridgway.
Area residents gathered Monday morning in Ridgway for a solemn Memorial Day parade and ceremony.
Just days removed from a flood that ravaged the town, residents came together to remember the nation's fallen heroes.
Members of the Ridgway Servicemen's Burial Detail led the parade down Main Street shortly after 10 a.m. Monday morning followed by members of the Ridgway Area High School marching band, and members of local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
Fire trucks from Ridgway and Johnsonburg also took part in the parade, followed by the Ridgway Ambulance Corp.