October 10th, 2011
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the T-Bones Off Road Club has dedicated its 2011 Fall Ride to promote awareness.
"Letâ€™s face it, weâ€™ve all known someone, whether it be family, friend or relative, that has been touched by this disease," said Kellie Mocik, one of the event organizers. "Some of us have lost loved ones to breast cancer while others know a survivor or someone who is battling this horrible disease today."
Among the first group of witnesses to take the stand Monday on the opening day of the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy were Kelly Bauer of St. Marys, the daughter of murder victim Irene Challingsworth; Judith Wendel of St. Marys, a long-time client of Challingsworth; Diane Scutella of St. Marys, a former employee of Consolidated News Agency in 1999; Bill Brem of Tampa, Fla., a retired St. Marys City Police officer; and Cpl. Jeffrey Kunselman of the Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police's Forensic Services Unit.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The newest addition to Johnsonburg is Cindyâ€™s Resale Shop, owned by Cindy Williams. The shop has brightened the downtown of Johnsonburg as Williams has attractive window displays and welcoming benches out front.
Williamsâ€™ store carries new and gently used mint condition items ranging from womenâ€™s sizes zero to plus, menâ€™s sizes small to five extra-large, childrenâ€™s clothing and items, designer perfumes, gowns, glassware, shoes, jewelry and accessories.
ST. MARYS â€“ At Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors, area residents questioned board members about information contained in a Daily Press article covering last Thursday's work session meeting of the board. At that meeting, SMASD Superintendent Anne Kearney said she had been approached by ELEXCO Land Services Company, with the company requesting permission to conduct seismic testing on the district's property at the Bennetts Valley Elementary School.
The homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, began Monday morning as a 15-member jury heard opening remarks and testimony from four witnesses was heard.
Ridgway wrestling varsity head coach Gary Gerber has announced that he will retire after this upcoming season.
Gerber made the announcement on the radio show "Talk of the Town" aired on 97.5 The Hound, and hosted by Dennis D. Heindl, on Sunday afternoon.
Gerber started with Ridgway as the junior high coach in 1974 and has been the varsity head coach since 1983.
Glen R. Forsythe, age 90, of 25 Penn Ave., Ridgway, died Friday morning at Highland View Health Care. He was born May 1, 1921 in Pittsburgh son of the late Charles and Hilda Forsythe. He had lived in Ridgway for the last 28 years and was Protestant by Faith. He had served in the U.S. Navy and was a Korean War veteran. He was a self-employed construction worker for many years.
After a strong opening kickoff, Ridgway football never looked back.
The Elkers scored on its first possession and never trailed in a 39-0 victory over Johnsonburg Friday night at Memorial Field in Ridgway.
"It's a great feeling. I couldn't be any more happier for our players," Ridgway coach Mark Heindl said. "All 24 that dressed earned this award. It's because of them that we brought that trophy back. What a great effort in all three phases of the game, offensively, defensively and special teams. Our kids played their hearts out and you saw it."
KANE â€“Â With 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Kane was down 13-6 and was facing fourth and long from about the 26-yard-line. With a chance to tie the game, quarterback Sean Jordan put nice pass into the endzone; however, Elk Catholic's Pat Brennen was the player on the receiving end of that pass, sealing the Crusader victor with the interception.
Ridgwayâ€™s wood and chainsaw carving culture runs deep through the area. It was the inspiration for the signage of the newest addition to Ridgwayâ€™s retail shops. Country Squirrel Outfitters located along Main Street where Loveâ€™s Canoes previously was has a six foot wide and seven foot high sign in the works for their store front.
The Heritage Council had given shop owners, Steve and Miranda (Neville) Putt a grant towards the sign.
â€śWe were really excited when we got the grant for the sign,â€ť Miranda said.
Putt said further that the design of the sign was inspired by Ridgwayâ€™s heritage.