August 20th, 2011
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Jamie Lee Desantis, a 29-year-old fugitive who avoided a three-hour manhunt Thursday in Ridgway, was later caught at approximately 11 p.m. on Water Street Extension in Johnsonburg.
Desantis was reportedly seen in Johnsonburg at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday and was later apprehended after a second search of the area after press time.
Things went from bad to worse when a fire ripped through the home of Jim and Nancy Bodien at 45 Fremont Ave., Ridgway, last Saturday night.
The kitchen, dining room and bathroom took the brunt of the fire leaving the smoke and water to destroy the rest of the home.
Five miles away at Nancy's mother's residence, she received a call from her sister at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday night to tell her that her house was on fire.
Fortunately, no one was in the home at the time of the blaze.
Rhianon Fowler (center) of Johnsonburg was crowned Friday evening as the 2011 queen for the Central District Volunteer Firemen's Association (CDVFA). The Queen Contest took place at the Kane Middle School auditorium as part of the CDVFA's three-day convention in Kane. At left, are Cassidy Noel of Irvona (Clearfield County), second runner-up; and Katlyn Diehl of Bedford, first runner-up. At right, are Sadey Crooks of Saxton (Huntington County), the 2010 Central District queen; and Ashleigh Woodward of Three Springs (Huntington County), winner of the Wayne D.
KERSEY â€“ As a creative writing major, Jenna Rhodes of Kersey is off to a successful start, with one of her poems selected from among more than 5,000 submissions for publication in the 2011 edition of The Apprentice Writer literary magazine.
Now in its 29th year, The Apprentice Writer was created by Gary Fincke, professor of English and creative writing and director of the Writersâ€™ Institute at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. The magazine publishes some 70 poems, stories, personal essays, photographs and works of art by high school students from a 20-state area.
Adeline E. Lenze, 89, of 155 Cross Road, St. Marys, died unexpectedly Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born May 1, 1922, in St. Marys, daughter of the late William and Adeline Cannon Minnick. On November 8, 1941, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Mark C. Lenze, who preceded her in death on June 11, 2010.
PENFIELD â€“ Camp Mountain Run will be the site of the Bucktail Council Boy Scouts of America annual memorial service at the chapel.
The service will be Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., taking place in its usual spot as the second Saturday in September each year. This is the 18th year for the service with the first service taking place on Aug. 20, 1994.
[Editor's Note: As of press time Thursday evening, the search for Jamie Lee Desantis had resumed in the Johnsonburg area amid reports that he had been spotted. He had not yet been apprehended.]
A foot pursuit and aerial search through the woods off Montmorenci Road for Jamie Lee Desantis, a fugitive who violated parole for unknown charges, were fruitless Thursday after a three-hour hunt.
Desantis was facing a state parole and had been sent to Erie County to a halfway house and had apparently not reported back to his quarters.
Mayor Guillermo Udarbe asked the Ridgway Borough Council to take legal action against the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad in an effort to resolve a 14-year dispute over what to do with the Pennsy Station along North Broad Street.
Udarbe reminded council that on Sept. 24, 2010, code enforcement officer Dave Zeigler wrote a letter to B&P Railroad property manager Bill Gentilman citing all of the violations and giving a 30-day notice to correct the violations.
ST. MARYS â€“ Making the toast at your best friend's wedding? Asked to make a presentation at work? Addressing a group of donors for your charity? If the prospect of any of these scenarios scares you speechless, you're not alone.
Many people have a paralyzing fear of speaking in public. Even teachers who are used to addressing a classroom full of children every day can get tongue-tied when it comes to speaking in front of a more grown-up audience. But it doesn't have to be that way, according to Elk County Toastmasters Past President Cory Straub.
The Girl Scouts of Ridgway are holding a registration/pool party event Thursday, Aug. 18 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for both Girl Scouts and girls of all ages who may want to learn more about scouts.
"Registration forms will be available for both girls and adults who would like to become involved in Girl Scouts," said Rayetta Lindberg, who indicated family members also are invited to attend. "Financial assistance is available to girls for the registration fee."
There also is no admission charge for the pool party, and food and drinks can be purchased from the concession stand.