June 20th, 2012
While local officials are trying not to cause a panic with Ridgway residents, the fact remains the same: with two unexplained fires less than three weeks apart being deemed arson cases, the unease has set in.
"The two that we've had in three weeks, we have an issue," said Ridgway fire chief John Wygant. "I don't want to elaborate on it because I don't want to create a problem in the community, and I don't want to cause a panic or have people running, buying guns and shooting people. We can't have that.
JOHNSONBURG - The preliminary hearing in the case against Nancy Jean Bodien, 36, of Ridgway, charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, a felony of the third degree, was held Wednesday in Magisterial District Court in Johnsonburg, with Judge George "Tony" King presiding.
The charges against Bodien stem from her alleged failure to pay for services rendered in the restoration of her home following an Aug. 17, 2011 fire at the 45 Fremont Ave., Ridgway residence.
Geno Carobine, age 82, of 202 Taylor Ave., Ridgway, died Wednesday morning at his home.
He was born March 23, 1930, in Weedville, PA, son of the late Domenic and Josephine (Metallo) Carobine. He married Alice Marie Zucchelli on April 18, 1953, who preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 2010. Geno resided in Ridgway for 59 years and was proprietor of Genoâ€™s Barber Shop. He was a graduate of the Weedville High School. He was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church where he served as an usher and council member over the years, and was a Board Member of St. Leoâ€™s Cemetery Association.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg major league softball all-stars lost 14-9 to Bradford in consolation bracket action Tuesday night at Knothole Recreational Park.
Bradford was strong early, scoring 13 of the 14 runs in the first three innings.
Elk County commissioners green-lighted a revised agreement Tuesday for the West Creek outdoor classroom during a Tuesday morning board meeting.
"There is a revised license agreement for the West Creek outdoor classroom and the agreement includes a restroom facility that will be constructed," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "It has to do with the particulars of that."
A decision by the Johnsonburg Borough Council to appoint the St. Marys Ambulance Service as the sole provider of emergency services within the Borough of Johnsonburg has caused the Ridgway Ambulance Corporation to potentially reassess its service areas.
Sean Papa of the Ridgway Ambulance Service attended Tuesday afternoon's Ridgway Township Supervisors meeting to help clarify which areas the Ridgway Ambulance would service.
A new method of pipeline restoration provided by 3M is being considered by the Borough of Ridgway following a motion made by Ridgway Borough Councilman Ralph Dussia to turn the issue over to the Water and Sewer Committee.
ST. MARYS â€“ The second annual Autism Awareness Charity Ball, presented by the Dickinson Center, Inc. Autism Program, was held on Friday at The Red Fern Banquet and Conference Center in St. Marys.
The evening included a performance by Jack Garret and the Swingin' Starz, as well as live and silent auctions.
With roughly $25,000 raised through last year's efforts, this year's goal was set at $50,000, with proceeds to benefit the center's Autism Program.
Julia C. Himes, age 76, of Johnsonburg, died Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 9, 1935 in Betula, daughter of the late Irvin Harvey and Julia (Halbe) Rider.
She had been married to the late Bernard William Himes.
A homemaker, she had previously resided in Brockport for many years.
WILCOX â€“ Wilcox American Legion baseball squeezed its way to a 2-0 victory over St. Marys Monday night at Jones Township Community Park.
Wilcox scored both of its runs on suicide squeeze plays in the sixth inning to break what had been a scoreless tie to that point.
"We had it on a few times earlier, we didn't come through with it," Wilcox coach Jeff Peterson said.