January 8th, 2012
Workers in the Marcellus Shale industry and a local well fire department were on hand Saturday for a confined space entry and rescue training and certification program held at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds.
During the program, simulations and drills were held that practiced rescuing injured workers from a frac tank. An actual frac tank, a tank that is used to hold water used in the hydrofracturing process that extracts natural gas from shale formations deep beneath the earth's surface, was used as part of the activities.
Keeping up with consistent demand over the years, the Ridgway YMCA is installing a new class at its facility along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway.
Jennifer Stolburg is back at the site teaching a new-age step aerobic class.
"Step & Sculpt is a new cardio fitness class that is being offered," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director at the Ridgway YMCA. "This new program is designed for both men & women and is suitable for all ages. This exercise session is done to choreographed rhythmic music and is step designed.
John A. Fedus, 79, of 7965 Laurel Mill Rd., Ridgway, died Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born May 15, 1932, in Johnsonburg, son of the late Charles and Anna (Bedner) Fedus.
On Sept. 29, 1956, he married Edith T. Strauss, who survives.
He had resided in Ridgway for the last 55 years and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and a member of the American Legion Post #208. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean conflict.
James Cristini, age 90, of Play Ground Road Brockport, died Jan. 6, 2012 at his residence.
He was born Sept. 14, 1921, in Indiana, Pa., son of Augusto and Maria Bartoletti Cristini.
He was married to Virginia M. Zimmerman, she preceded him in death on May 8, 2009.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Ramettes got a 20-point night out of junior Brittany Watts as the Ramettes (4-5) stunned Kane (8-3) Friday in a 46-42 upset in Paper City.
After going cold at the charity stripe for the latter part of the fourth quarter while trying to secure the game, Johnsonburg got its 4-point cushion as Kassa Kocjancic converted her second free throw attempt for the 46-42 lead with six seconds on the clock. A final uncontested 3-point try sailed over the hoop as the Ramettes shocked the Lady Wolves.
Ridgway girls basketball scored a season-high in points in a 54-36 loss to Brockway Friday night at Ridgway Area High School.
The Lady Elkers were paced with 20 points from Ridgway senior Nicole Breier.
"I thought Nicole played an awesome game," Ridgway coach Glenn Schauer said. "That's the Nicole we need. All five starters played really well. Offensively, we probably played our best game of the year."
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority approved the 2012 estimated operating budget during Thursday night's regular meeting.
Accountant Jeff Schutz estimates a total operating revenue of $993,910 with a capital expense of $75,000.
"I did hear some discussion of grinder pumps at Montmorenci and other issues that you may need to spend some money," Schutz said. "So you will have that $75,000."
According to Schutz, the 2012 budget is "in comparison" with the 2011 budget.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders defeated the Sheffield Wolverines 63-57 last night in a game played at ECCHS.
Sheffield led for the first half of the contest, holding a 8-6 advantage at the end of the first period and a 17-15 lead at halftime. ECC came to life in the second half, taking a 36-29 lead at the end of the third quarter and then holding on for the 63-57 victory.
"It was a good win," said ECC coach Aaron Straub. "Any time you can give up 28 points in the fourth quarter and still win has got to be a good one."
Ridgway wrestling won six matches by pinfall and nine overall in a 46-24 victory over St. Marys Thursday night at Ridgway Area High School.
"The kids were very aggressive," Ridgway coach Gary Gerber said. "We're real pleased because we've been under the weather. The kids wrestled hard, there were some real pleasant surprises there."
The match opened at 182 pounds as Kyle Caggiano bumped up to wrestle Joe McLaughlin of St. Marys.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority held a reorganizational meeting Thursday night prior to the regular meeting to appoint officials.
Officials voted unanimously to reappoint Ed LaValle as chairman to the municipal authority.
Bill Seely was appointed as vice chairman and Bill Briggs will remain as treasurer.
A vacancy on the board exists for a recording secretary. Janis E. Kemmer resigned earlier from the position as she was elected in November 2011 as an Elk County commissioner.