February 20th, 2015
In what Elk County Veterans Affairs Director Leslie Neal calls a "step in the right direction," the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has now included non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as a presumptive illness for blue water veterans serving during the Vietnam War.
The VA assumes that certain diseases can be related to a veteranâ€™s qualifying military service, called "presumptive diseases."
BROOKVILLE â€“ There was no mincing words on who Ridgway boys basketball coach Anthony Allegretto thought was the better team Friday night.
Ridgway lost 52-45 to Venango Catholic in the District 9 boys basketball Class A quarterfinals held Friday night at Brookville High School.
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The Elk County Solid Waste Authority continues to make progress towards opening a new recycling center in St. Marys as the organization has received a $200,000 commitment from the Stackpole-Hall Foundation.
The authority has set a goal of $2 million for the project, and currently, the authority has raised $300,000, which consists of a $200,000 commitment from the Stackpole-Hall Foundation and a $100,000 commitment from the Elk County Solid Waste Authority.
M. Elaine Geyer, 84, of 513 Olson St., Ridgway, died Wednesday evening, Feb. 18, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk following a brief illness.
She was born Nov. 15, 1930 in Kane, daughter of the late Carl and Mary (Weidert) Anderson. She married Rich Polinski in June of 1950 and he preceded her in death in June of 1968. She then married Cliff Geyer in May of 1978 and he preceded her in death in March of 2002.
She had resided in Ridgway for the last 37 years and was a former Wilcox resident.
She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. Elaine was a graduate of the Wilcox High School.
Gloria M. Chileski, 72, of 309 Jackson Ave., Ridgway, died unexpectedly early Thursday morning, Feb. 19, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
She was born Feb. 25, 1942 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Domenic and Josephine (Testa) Sorge.
She married Alan S. Chileski on April 20, 1963, and he survives.
The Ridgway varsity girls basketball team was honored with a banquet Thursday evening at Aiello Cafe in Ridgway.
Ridgway varsity head coach Stacy Kifer introduced the players and handed out awards.
Rachel Foringer was the scholar-athlete award winner.
â€śRachel really improved in many aspects this season,â€ť coach Kifer said. â€śShe was a key girl to help us out on defense this year. She is a hustler and gives all she has on the court.â€ť
The Ridgway junior varisty girls basketball team was honored with a banquet Thursday night at Aiello Cafe in Ridgway.
Junior varsity head coach Dina Fullem introduced all of the girls and handed out awards. Tonya Harlan was the scholar-athlete award winner.
â€śTonya contributed to the team this year with her hustle on defense,â€ť coach Fullem said. â€śShe forced her opponents to make turnovers and she had many deflections on defense. She always gives 100 percent on the court.â€ť
ST. MARYS â€“ The Bluewater Thermal Solutions facility in St. Marys on Wednesday was the recipient of a Best Overall Performance award from its parent company.
The St. Marys facility was one of four winning facilities from Bluewater Thermal Solutions' network of 12 facilities within the United States and Canada.
The St. Marys facility was selected as the winner of the Best Overall Performance award at Bluewater Thermal Solutions, being selected as the winner from a pool of 12 facilities owned by Bluewater.
Though every crime has an offense gravity score based on the severity of the crime, the major influence in sentencing is often the defendant's prior record score, said District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon.
"The court doesn't necessarily need to follow the guidelines," McMahon said. "Part of what goes through my mind is community safety. That thought is always on my mind. I've got to balance efficiency with effectiveness."