June 30th, 2011
What began as a small unattended campfire on May 29 has turned into the biggest blaze in Arizona history. Recently helping in the battle against this epic blaze were forest firefighters Don Weis of St. Marys and Bill Maiers of Johnsonburg.
The pair recently returned from a 17-day stint out West, from June 8-24, where they were among three Pennsylvania crews sent out to assist with the firefighting efforts.
"A fire of this size will need resources from all over the country," Weis said.
David J. "Bud" Silvis, 86, of 152 Baumer Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at the Pinecrest Manor after an illness of the past several months.
He was born on March 27, 1925, in St. Marys, the son of the late David and Irene Cheatle Silvis. In November 1949 at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, he married Loraine E. Overturf, who preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 1999.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. He was employed as a chemical engineer at the Stackpole Carbon Co., retiring in 1983.
The Ridgway Major League softball All-Stars lost 20-16 in seven innings to Bradford Wednesday at the Ridgway Little League fields along Grant Road.
ST. MARYS â€“ The St. Marys Legion baseball team ran their record to 12-1 on the season with an 8-6 victory over the Wilcox Legion Wednesday night at Berwind Park.
St. Marys outhit Wilcox by a 15-12 margin. For St. Marys, Ryan Uhl had a double and three singles, while Kevin Hoy had a double and two singles. Ricky Pearsall had three singles, while Luke Daghir had two singles. Ben Daghir, Jordan Weinzierl and Eric Wehler each had a single.
ERIE â€“ A Kersey man has been sentenced to seven months in federal prison on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Richard "Rick" Alan Raspatello, 56, of 1418 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, who pleaded guilty to the charge, also has been ordered to make restitution in the amount of $86,953.14, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Erie.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District recently approved a policy to establish guidelines limiting district employees' use of personal wireless devices.
â€śThis includes any wireless device of a personal nature that is brought into the workplace, largely cell phones,â€ť said superintendent Dr. Walter Fitch. â€śWe have to make sure work and the students' safety is not compromised as employees are on their cell phones while they should be watching students or doing their work which they are getting paid for.
Donald C. Smoot Jr., age 62, of Stump Creek, formerly of Ridgway for many years, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at his residence after a short illness.
He was born Oct. 29, 1948, in Philadelphia, son of Donald Sr. and Elizabeth (Herens) Smoot, deceased. He married Sandra (Thompson) Smoot, also of Stump Creek; she survives.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during Vietnam. He was formerly an orderly at Elk Regional Health Center in Ridgway and was Catholic by faith. He attended Bishop Newman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and enjoyed camping.
With tax revenue already budgeted and a bond issue, Elk County officials have been able to purchase the Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] to house the county's 911 Center with no new taxes.
"In the taxes that we bring in in our budgeted tax revenue, there is a small percentage for at least the last 20 years that has been levied for capital improvements," said Daniel R. Freeburg, one of three commissioners for Elk County.
As many people have read or seen in news reports, a northeastern Pennsylvania couple was arrested this month on charges of killing their unwanted newborn. While this is an extreme and rare situation, it is important for people to know that the state has a program in place to help people who are unwilling or unable to care for their child to prevent such tragedies from occurring.
The River Outreach Center held the final drama performance of Reality Outreach Ministries "Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames" Tuesday night along Gillis Avenue in Ridgway.
"I have known of this program for 20 some years now," said pastor Bill Braley of Living Waters Christian Church. "I saw what a huge impact it had on people that attended. I have never seen an audience moved as much as I have in this production and that is the reason why we went all out to try and get them here.
"They are very busy. We had to book them way in advance."