August 7th, 2014
Ridgway Township Municipal Authority treasurer Bill Briggs resigned his position as the authority's treasurer, citing illegal practices as the reason behind his resignation.
The authority's chairman, Ed LaValle, read Briggs' resignation letter at an authority meeting Thursday night.
"Due to what I feel are illegal practices, I am informing you that I can no longer serve as the treasurer of the authority, effective immediately," LaValle read from Briggs' letter.
Donna Mae Feronti, 76, of 21 Penn Ave., Ridgway, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she was born Aug. 15, 1937 in St. Marys, daughter of the late John M. and Lottie M. Kassawara Kronenwetter.
On Jan. 14, 1961, she married Noel E. Feronti, he survives. She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church. She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1956. Mae enjoyed traveling, cooking, knitting, crocheting, gardening and raising flowers. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.
ST. MARYS â€“ On Thursday evening, members of Penn Highlands Elk's Concussion Team hosted a program on managing concussions in student athletes in the auditorium at Elk County Catholic High School. The roughly 30-minute program was free to attend and provided a brief overview of concussions and the procedures that are in place to aid athletes in recovering from them.
ST. MARYS â€“ A Force man is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in a December 2013 crash that occurred on state Route 255 in the area known as Zwack's dip.
The St. Leo's Festival will be held for its 10th year Aug. 9-10 at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival lot in Ridgway.
Activities for the festival will start at noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, and they will end at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10.
The activities include several performances by local bands, a kid's playground area, food booths and a car show.
Registration for the show starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, and judging will start at 1 p.m.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon spoke at a press conference Tuesday afternoon concerning recent drug busts and how citizens can be aware of suspicious activity involving the synthetic drug "bath salts."
As a result of an ongoing investigation the following suspects have been charged in possession and distributing bath salts:
-- William Dilley (father of Jacob and Jeremiah), 55, 130 Poplar Rd., St. Marys, is charged with one count of possession of bath salts, one count of possession with intent to deliver bath salts and one count of criminal conspiracy to deliver bath salts.
KERSEY â€“ Rainy weather did not deter a crowd from gathering at the Elk County Fair on Tuesday evening for the annual opening ceremony. Various local and county officials were seated onstage and introduced as some gave a brief statement about the fair.
JONES TWP. â€“ Homeowners along Marvin Street in Wilcox have been concerned about the presence of a fowl smelling brown liquid in their yards which they think might be sewage.
A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection water quality specialist visited the problem area along Marvin Street Tuesday morning following multiple complaints by residents. The DEP specialist was joined on the scene by Sewage Enforcement Officer Russ Braun, Jones Township Supervisor Laurie Storrar, Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg, and several concerned homeowners in the area.
The Ridgway Area School District held a work session on Tuesday to disseminate and prepare information for their upcoming board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
The meeting did include one acting motion, which was to make Dr. Lester A. Shull the acting superintendent of the school district effective Aug. 8.
William T. (Bill) Cherry, 49, of 217 Powers Ave., Johnsonburg, died Monday Aug, 4, 2014 at his residence.
He was born June 2, 1965, in Ridgway, son of John (Skip) Cherry and Carol Pennington Bryndel.
Bill resided in Johnsonburg all of his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1982.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Church and The Piedmont Club. He loved animals and being with his family.