April 8th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“ It may have been a bit cool on Saturday morning, but the sunny weather still resulted in a good turnout for this yearâ€™s Bunny Hop 5K walk/run at Benzinger Park. The second annual event was the result of efforts by Taylor and Carly Frank and Michael, Daniel, and Rachael Paladino to raise money for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
â€śIt was definitely better weather [this year] and I think we might have had more people,â€ť said Taylor Frank prior to the 5K run.
St. Marys, Pa. â€“ Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, is set to once again appear on NBC's "The Voice" tonight, this time in a live show that will require people to vote to prevent him from being eliminated.
Audrey E. Dwyer, age 90, of Penn Street, Johnsonburg, died Sunday, April 8, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness.
She was born July 24, 1921 in Kane, daughter of the late Edward and Frances (Wold) Kranking. She married Daniel A. Dwyer on June 27, 1953; he preceded her in death Oct. 2, 1994.
A 1939 graduate of Johnsonburg High School, she worked at Indiantown Gap military base during WWII and also worked many years with the Ubel Fashion Shop, Furniture Store and Funeral Home.
Earl E. Robertson Jr., 88, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of Ridgway and Bethel Park, Pa., died on Friday, April 6, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 27, 1924 in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Earl E. and Martha G. Holiday Robertson Sr.
On March 17, 1948 in Pittsburgh, he married the late Victorine Walter Robertson, who preceded him in death on Aug. 7, 2010.
The Ridgway boys basketball team was honored with a banquet Thursday night at The Royal Inn in Ridgway.
Ridgway varsity head coach Anthony Allegretto introduced the award winners. Eric Matheson was the recipient of the Frank Clark Award for the third time. Matheson wears â€śFCâ€ť on the back of his shoes for Clark.
â€śThe award goes to a person that has the same vision and love of basketball,â€ť Allegretto said. â€śEricâ€™s motivation for playing basketball is from Frank Clark.â€ť
Matheson was named as the Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
An online method of paying court fees using credit and debit cards is being called a success by court administrators who credit it with improving efficiency and contributing to higher collection levels.
According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), any traffic tickets, court-ordered fines, costs, and restitution issued anywhere in Pa. can now be paid using the online E-Pay system. The system was expanded from Common Pleas courts to all magisterial courts, phased in between April 2010 and December 2011.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular April meeting of the Johnsonburg School Board, Brock Benson, High School Principal, discussed a proposal to change the current block scheduling to a traditional schedule.
â€śCurrently the students have a block schedule and classes every other day,â€ť Benson said. â€śThe good thing is there isnâ€™t a lot of transition time and it works good for labs and physical education.â€ť
On the contrary, Benson adds block scheduling isnâ€™t as beneficial for core classes.
Janice J. Casolo, 76, of 502 Dewey St., Ridgway, died, Wednesday, April 5, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Aug. 16, 1935, in Ridgway, the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn Wilson Papa. She married Joseph M. Casolo, who predeceased her on Jan. 24, 2005.
Mrs. Casolo was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. She was an active member of the Ridgway Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed reading, quilting, and being with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She retired from Quality Components after 38 years of service.
A recommendation to extend the public walking at the Elementary School until May 31 was made by Superintendent Dennis Crotzer.
â€śPeople come up and walk at the elementary school which usually ends at the end of April,â€ť Crotzer said. â€śI have been approached to extend it until the end of May.â€ť
Shane Launer, board member suggested to extend the public walking not only till the end of May, but during the entire school year. After a board discussion, the motion was approved to extend the public walking at the elementary school for days that school is in session.
Dawn E. Baker, 49, of 106 Abbot Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, March 4, 2012 at her residence following an illness of the past several months.
She was born July 29, 1962 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Robert and Marion Stewert Hoffman.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1980. She was employed at MPP in St. Marys.