June 19th, 2014
WJAC-TV's feature segment "Your Town," will be coming to Ridgway on Friday, June 27 where they will be doing a live broadcast on the courthouse lawn beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Ridgway will be the fifth town featured in the 10-part series as WJAC has already visited Johnstown, Altoona, DuBois and Brookville.
State Route 120 between state Route 255 (South St. Marys Street) and Rock Street was scheduled to close Thursday night.
Officials at PennDOT said the closure would remain in effect for 24 hours a day until construction of this portion of the highway is complete. It is anticipated that it will be closed for four weeks.
The detour should have an impact on tractor-trailers coming into St. Marys. Signs erected indicate large truck traffic will only be able to access St. Marys Carbon, Keystone Powdered Metal, Gasbarre Sinterite Furnace, West Penn Power, Product Assurance and Custom Industrial.
Thomas S. Bianco, 85, of Marlton, N.J., died Monday, June 9, 2014.
Born in 1929 in Johnsonburg, he was the son of the late Thomas and Anna Bianco. In 1958, he married Fran nee Ragone, who survives.
A former Johnsonburg resident, he was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1947, and was a well-accomplished player for the then Johnsonburg Shamrock football team.
Tom proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War with Patrol Bomber Squadron VP 34 and aboard the USS Coral Sea.
Gertrude H. "Gertie" McGuire, 91, of 145 Elk Ave., Kane, died early Wednesday evening, June 18, 2014 at the Kane Community Hospital after a brief illness.
Born Oct. 4, 1922 in Kane, she was the daughter of Giles and Marie Anderson Conklin. On Aug. 31, 1943 in Kane, she married James P. McGuire, who died in 1976.
Gertie was a waitress at the former Arcade Restaurant in the 1960s, and later worked at Stackpole for many years, both in Kane.
ST. MARYS â This year the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) awarded a total of 122 scholarships to graduating area high school seniors totaling $153,540.
"The dollars given to these students will impact generations to come as these young adults begin to shape our communities. Donors who have established these scholarships are contributing to our future leaders," said Paula Fritz Eddy, ECCF executive director. "The Elk County Community Foundation Board extends their gratitude to those who have seen the need and believe in the youth of today."
MT. JEWETT â Ground will be broken this summer for an elaborate Visitor Center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett.
Linda Devlin, executive director of the Bradford-based Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau, can't wait.
"I'm really excited this project is moving forward," Devlin said Wednesday. "It's the next step for development at the park."
JAMES CITY â Residents and organizations opposed to a proposed âinjectionâ well in Highland Township plan to gather Saturday for a forum at the township fire hall in James City.
The event will feature a picnic, workshops and remarks by representatives of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF) and other organizations.
The forum is open to the public.
ST. MARYS â The former St. Marys Country Club, located along South Michael Street, has reopened with a new name and a more community-oriented purpose. Now called The Highlands, the facility, which is owned by Mike Heiberger and Joe Schroeder, is no longer a private club and instead is open to the public.
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission are keeping a sharp eye on budget discussions in Harrisburg as the commonwealth's fiscal year draws to a close at the end of the month.
Preliminary reports from the state Capitol indicate the commonwealth is staring at a budget deficit in excess of $1 billion while across the country, state revenue is up 3.8 percent over last year, according to the National Association of State Budget Officials.
The amount of recyclables coming into the community recycling center in St. Marys is increasing quickly according to members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority.
"It's been ungodly busy over there," said recycling and solid waste coordinator Bekki Titchner. "It just doesn't quit anymore."