August 16th, 2011
Laurene L. Leuschel, 51, of St. Marys, was sentenced on Monday morning at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway by 59th Judicial District Judge Richard Masson for the charges of theft by unlawful taking, a grade three felony, and tampering with evidence, a grade one misdemeanor. Leuschel had previously pleaded guilty to the charges during the countyâ€™s monthly return day session on Friday, June 3. At that time, sentencing had been deferred so that a pre-sentence investigation report, including a forensic mental health evaluation conducted by Dr. David Webster, could be prepared.
ST. MARYS â€“ The logging industry in Elk County was the featured topic at this year's 15th annual Elk County Farm Bureau Legislative Tour, held Monday morning at Dave's Saw Shop on Linwood Avenue in St. Marys.
Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) were among the attendees at the event, which included a group discussion on the logging industry, the challenges it faces and its affiliation with the agricultural industry. They were joined by Farm Bureau members and lumber industry representatives.
The Ridgway Fire Department kicked off campaign Boots To Fill in an effort to recruit younger members into the department.
Assistant fire chief Joe Gasbarre attended Monday night's Ridgway Borough Council meeting to update council on the status of their membership.
"It's an effort to recruit younger guys into the fire department and get them trained and start taking over for some of the older guys," Gasbarre said.
The campaign began during the week of the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival.
Michael A. Bigley, 61, of 1914 Settle Road, Newark Valley, N.Y., died Monday afternoon, August 15, 2011, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, N.Y. following a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.
He was born December 14, 1949 in Pittsburgh, son of the late Frederick and Dorothy Wallace Bigley.
On February 5, 1972, in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, he married Lynn Steudler, who survives.
He graduated from Keystone Oaks High School, Pittsburgh. He also attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Florence C. Redmount, age 86, of 310 Jackson Ave., Ridgway, died Sunday evening, Aug. 14, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home followed an illness of the past three years.
She was born May 30, 1925, in New York, N.Y., daughter of the late Abraham and Rebecca (Schweitzer) Schweitzer. She married Melvin B. Redmount on June 1, 1952, he survives.
She had resided in Ridgway for the last 53 years and was a member of the B'nai Brith Synagogue in Bradford, was a past two-term Ridgway Area School Board member, a past member of the Footlighters, and a member of the Animal Protection Association.
After volunteering for a cultural exchange company teaching Turkish families conversational English, Ridgway resident Dale E. Fox wanted to set the record straight by writing a book about the misconceptions and stereotypes Americans have of Muslims.
"The real purpose of writing the book was to be able to share and communicate the different things I learned about the Muslim country," Fox said. "I had never met a Muslim person and had no idea what their culture and society would be like going in."
Angelica Kuess Davila (Laredo, Texas) won the national championship in high power standard rifle as the 3-day competition closed Saturday at the Ridgway Rifle Club.
She finished with a score of 98 (33-33-32) to win by two over Enrique Kuess Jr. (Laredo, Texas). Luke Johnson (Marysville) was third with a 93.
The high power hunting rifle portion of the NRA National Silhouette Championships concluded Saturday at the Ridgway Rifle Club.
Mark Pharr (Round Rock, Texas) is the national champion with a 3-day total of 95 (34-34-27). Luke Johnson (Marysville) was second at 94 and William Zander (Houston, Texas) took third with a 92.
Approximately 300 people, including the general public, business owners and industry representatives, had the opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at an active Marcellus Shale drilling rig as part of the EOG: B2B Network Day held Friday afternoon.
EOG Resources volunteered one of their well pad sites, located inside S.B. Elliott State Park in Clearfield County, during the event hosted by the DuBois Chamber Energy Committee and the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC).
The team competitions in high power were completed Friday at the Ridgway Rifle Club as part of the NRA National Silhouette Championships.
Team â€śMexico 2â€ť was the overall winner in standard rifle with a score of 173. Team members are Jorge Moreno (Saltillo, Mexico), Angelica Kuess Davila (Laredo, Texas) and Enrique Kuess Sr. (Laredo, Texas).
Team â€śPE ELL #1â€ť was second overall with a 172. Team members are Dennis Martinen (Yakima, Wash.), Laura Goetsch (Whites Creek, Tenn.) and Eric Boos (Little Rock, Wash.)