March 12th, 2012
Michael Biel Sr., age 82, of Millville, died on Sunday evening, March 11, 2012, a patient of Millville Health Center and under the care of Columbia Montour Home Hospice. Formerly of New Jersey and most recently Tobyhanna, he has resided in Columbia County since 2009.
Margaret A. Nearing, 96, of 1396 Burning Well Rd., Wilcox, died on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
She was born on April 20, 1915 in Wilcox, daughter of the late John and Anna Simko Pavlina.
On Nov. 4, 1933 in the Holy Cross Church in Rasselas, she married Linus J. Nearing, who died on Feb. 11, 2001.
She resided in the Wilcox area all her life and attended Wilcox schools.
Mrs. Nearing was a member of St. Anne's Church in Wilcox.
Earl E. Jacobs, 77, of 407 Cobb St., Johnsonburg, died on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center following a short illness.
He was born on Sept. 1, 1934 in Johnsonburg, son of Harold and Katherine Stager Jacobs.
On Oct. 28, 1961 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Dorothy Dworsky. She died Feb. 4, 1986.
He resided in Johnsonburg his entire life and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1952.
Mr. Jacobs was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg American Legion Post 501 and Wilcox Sportsmen's Club.
The Ridgway Rifle Club hosted the â€śSaint Patrickâ€™s Day Combat Pistol Matchâ€ť on Saturday, March 10.Â
Competitors from four counties attended the International Defensive Pistol Association match. Chief Range Officer Bob Gnan gave everyone instructions about safety practices adhered to during the matches. Safety procedures are the hallmark of any of the handgun competitions.Â Â
HERSHEY - Corey Bush has himself another state medal butÂ the end to Friday was tough for the Ridgway senior. Â
After a quarterfinal win, Bush faced the two top wrestlers in the state in consecutive bouts and lost both which puts him in position to wrestle for fifth place at 126 pounds after action concluded at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships for Friday.
CLARION â€“ The big floor at Clarion University isn't always rough on the Johnsonburg Rams.
Less than one week removed from losing the district title game at Tippin Gymnasium against rival Ridgway, the Rams bounced back in the first round of the Class A state basketball playoffs with a 57-47 win over Bishop Carroll.
The Huskies (14-13) were able to control the game early on but a late rally in the second quarter gave the Rams (23-5) the halftime lead; they extended their advantage in the third quarter and held off a late Bishop Carroll rally for a 10-point win.
CLARION - The Ridgway Elkers defeated the Sewickley Academy Panthers by a 48-40 score to advance to the second round of the PIAA Class A boysâ€™ tournament.
The Elkers will meet the Kennedy Catholic squad next Tuesday at a site and time to be announced. Kennedy Catholic defeated Cornell by a 64-53 score.
The Elkers were able to use a pressing defense in the first half of last nightâ€™s contest to build a 10-4 lead after the first eight minutes and take a 21-12 halftime lead.
In the second half, Sewickley outscored the Elkers by a 28-27 margin to cut Ridgwayâ€™s final margin of victory to 48-40.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Stephanie Carnessali, owner of Carnessali Photography in Johnsonburg, recently submitted a photograph that won a red ribbon in the Pittsburgh print competition of the Triangle Photographers Association of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
The photograph was taken spontaneously, and Carnessali explains how she instantly knew it would be good for the competition.
John L. Brendlinger, 78, of 764 Shelvey Summit Rd., Kersey, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the Kindred Hospital in Beaver following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 1, 1934, in Clyde, son of the late Arthur and Ruth (Boring) Brendlinger. He married Martha M. Blessel Wonderly on Nov. 17, 1979. She preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 2011.
He was a member of Maria Lutheran Church in Dagus Mines and a member of the Bells of St. Marys and the Ridgway Sportsmen's Club. He had been employed by Exotic Metals and retired from Carbon City Products.
Phyllis F. Bauer, 80, a resident at Ridgmont Assisted Living, Ridgway, and formerly of 126 Penn Rd., St. Marys, died on Thursday morning, March 8, 2012 at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 30, 1931 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Marion and Leona Fritz Ford.
On June 21, 1952 in St. Mary's Church, she married the late Clarence "Lefty" Bauer, who preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 2009.