July 20th, 2012
Law enforcement and firefighting officials continue to investigate a string of arsons that have plagued Elk County since May 30.
The arson reports started with two fires in Ridgway before spreading to Johnsonburg. Recent fires in St. Marys have heightened concern over the summer blazes.
RIDGWAY - A Ridgway man charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female when he babysat her was convicted on all charges by a 12-member jury at the Elk County Courthouse on Friday.
Corey Allen Heatherdale, 26, of Ridgway, admitted to police that he received oral sex from the victim and performed manual copulation on her.
Jane (Zawacki) Muroski, 87, formerly of Ridgway and Johnsonburg, died Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Winter Park, Fla.
Born in Ridgway, she was a resident of Johnsonburg most of her life. She is the widow of William Joseph Muroski, who died in 1979. Â
She moved to St. Cloud, Fla. in 1981. Jane proudly served in the Womenâ€™s Army Air Corps in World War II.
ST. MARYS â€“ Combining the outdoors and storytime together, Dickinson Center Inc.'s (DCI) Children's Prevention Services is hosting their inaugural "Storytime in the Park," taking place Friday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DCI Parents as Teachers (PAT) Educator Lynn Floravit has taken the activity a step further by turning it into the "I Spy a Spider" walking storytime event being held at Benzinger Park in St. Marys.
ST. MARYS â€“ On Friday Allegheny Motorsports is opening its doors for business, offering a wide range of services to area motorcycle and ATV owners.
Co-owners Scott and Joni Holterback of Daguscahonda encourage riding enthusiasts to stop by the shop on Friday and Saturday as they plan to offer special promotions, door prizes, giveaways and light refreshments during their grand opening.
Lisa C. Serafini, age 39, passed away July 18, 2012 at her home with her family by her side.Â
She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Benny and Mary Serafini; maternal grandparents Joseph and Mary Karpinski; and an uncle, Larry Serafini.Â
She is survived by her parents, Benny and Barbara Serafini; a son, Kyle L. Serafini; a brother, Brian Serafini; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.Â
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hospice of Dayton.Â Arrangements in care of Newcomer Funeral Home â€“ North.
Nancy L. Farr, 74, of 160 East Ave., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the Lutheran Home in Kane following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 14, 1938 in Ludlow, daughter of the late Anthony (Tony) and Fannie Visco Raymondo. She married George J. Farr on March 2, 1957; he survives.
She resided in the community for 55 years. She graduated from Kane High School in 1956. She was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, and loved homemaking and family life.
WILCOX â€“ Make it back-to-back Elk County American Legion baseball titles for Wilcox.
Wilcox won the Elk County American Legion Baseball League championship for a second straight year after an 8-1 victory over Fox Township Tuesday night at Jones Township Community Park in the championship game of the league playoffs.
Elk County will soon be one of nine Pennsylvania counties with a new state-of-the-art 911 phone system.
Mike McAllister, the county's emergency management director, reiterated Tuesday during an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting that the current system is outdated, having received an "end-of-life" letter approximately one year ago; parts and maintenance are now no longer available for the outdated system.
While individual counties are free to look at options for a 911 phone system, the costs can be exorbitant.
Elk County government officials honored 15 new members of the state's Voter Hall of Fame Tuesday morning with a short program and brunch at the Courthouse Annex along Center Street.
"We just wanted to thank and recognize [them] for the voting record of 50 consecutive years," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "[They] deserve it. We appreciate it when people take [voting] seriously."