Archive - 2014
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.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Catholic High School honored the accomplishments of the Class of 2014
on Sunday afternoon during the school's annual commencement exercises.
Family and friends of the 62 members of the senior class filled the auditorium for the 12:30 p.m. ceremony, which lasted about one hour.
ST. MARYS â€“ It was a busy weekend for Kennedy Weisner.
Not only did Weisner graduate from Elk County Catholic High School on Sunday afternoon, but she did so as the salutatorian of her class. The day before, she added to her already impressive resume by adding two more PIAA state titles to her collection with victories in the girls' Class AA 1600-meter and 800-meter runs, repeating as state champion in both events.
Two Johnsonburg girls track and field athletes finished with state medals on the second day of the PIAA track and field championships held Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Ashley Imbrogno finished third in the girls javelin with a throw of 133-2, setting a new school record in the process. Imbrogno bettered her seed of 130-8 by over two feet to win the third-place medal.
Preliminary reports indicate at least one person is dead after an accident on the Clarion River in the Portland Mills area.
Emergency responders were called to the vicinity of 35080 Portland Mills Rd. in Ridgway Township for an initial report of five individuals in the water, including at least one with injuries. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were called at 3 p.m., and fire chief Scott Pontious later called for a swift water rescue team from Clearfield County to the scene. The coroner was requested to the scene.
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency [PEMA] officials continued to work hand-in-hand with area residents and emergency officials Friday to assess the damage from Wednesday's flooding that ravaged Elk County, particularly Ridgway where floodwaters reached six feet in some areas.
Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) attended an emergency briefing early Friday morning with emergency responders and government officials in Ridgway Borough's emergency operations center.
Cleanup and relief efforts from Wednesday's flood continued Friday afternoon in the borough of Ridgway as restoration crews could be seen all around the borough where the flood hit hardest.
Cleanup crews were at Dan Dickinson Apartments Friday (high-rise) helping in efforts to restore first-floor apartments and the area. Crews were seen gutting many of the apartments as the floors in the first-floor residences still had muddy residue strewn about. A hallway in the first floor had to have its carpet and tiles removed due to worry about mold growth.
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency [PEMA] officials were in the area Thursday to assess the damage from Wednesday's flooding that ravaged Elk County, particularly Ridgway where standing water in some areas reached well over four feet.
Detailed numbers regarding home and business damage, and monetary damages were not readily available Thursday evening as PEMA teams were still analyzing data at the county's 911 Center.
Mike McAllister, director of Elk County's Office of Emergency Services, said teams were still working Thursday evening to assess the damage.
Richard E. "Lardy" Friedl, 84, of 104 West Theresia Rd., St. Marys, died on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following injuries suffered from a car accident.
He was born on Dec. 24, 1929, a son of the late Frank and Clara Zwack Friedl.
Linda E. Streich, 76, of 4381 Grant Rd., Ridgway, died Thursday morning at Highland View Health Care in Brockway.
She was born March 13, 1938 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edward and Theresa (Buehler) Carlson.
She married Gary J. Streich Sr. on Sept. 5, 1959; he survives. She had resided in Ridgway all of her life and was a member of the Hallton Church.
Linda was a 1956 graduate of Ridgway High School and 1959 graduate of Clarion University. She had been employed by the Ridgway Area School District as a teacher for 10 years.