July 27th, 2011
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KANE â€“ Ken VanGiesen is home again.
The body of the 30-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan last week arrived in Kane shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday following an emotional procession from the Bradford Airport in Lafayette Township.
An estimated 85 patriotic motorcycle riders accompanied the cortege, which included two military vans for the soldier's family and a hearse that carried the body to the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home along South Fraley Street.
Marinell L. Rhines, 63, of 120 W. Oilwell Street, St. Marys, died at her home on Sunday, July 24, 2011 following an unexpected illness.Â
She was born January 10, 1948 in Ridgway, a daughter of the late Richard M. Rhines and Laura Pearl Rhines Gulnac.
Marinell graduated from Ridgway Area High School.Â She was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she was
actively involved and enjoyed spending time.Â She retired from Osram Sylvania after more than 36 years of service.Â She also enjoyed crafts and spending time with her friends.
Eugene W. Sweeney, 90, died Monday, July 11, 2011 after a short illness.
He was born February 20, 1921 to the late Thomas W. and Jane Pick Sweeney in Johnsonburg and attended local schools there.
On February 5, 1946, he married Georgia E. Smith of St. Marys in the St. Mary's Catholic Church.
The Ridgway Area School District and the Elk County Commissioners are breathing a second sigh of relief after an appeal from school board member William Seely was denied by the Court of Common Pleas of the 59th District, Elk County Branch, on Monday, July 18.
Seely had initially filed a lawsuit that was dismissed alleging that the occupational and per capita tax collected were unconstitutional.
The lawsuit was filed in the beginning of 2010 shortly after Seely became a member of the school board.
Elk County Conservation District watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine debuted new monitoring equipment that will be used for the Elk County Monitoring Project during Monday night's regular meeting.
"I'm pretty excited as we are trying to get things going quickly because of all the equipment that is coming in," Bonfardine said.
One of the items presented was a data logger that will go directly into the waterway to measure the conductivity, flow and temperature.
Each data logger will be encased in a housing unit, built by interns, to protect it from weather and debris.
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KANE â€“ On Oct. 3, 1997, Ken VanGiesen,Â a junior,Â took Erin Sirianni, a sophomore, to the Homecoming Dance at Kane Area High School.
They've been a couple ever since.
"I was 15 and he was 16," Erin said in recalling the dance on a date that has become their anniversary. "We started dating and have been together since then. We just fit together."
Members of the Ridgway Heritage Council are in the early stages of restoring the facade of the the historic Bogert House at 105 Main St. in downtown Ridgway.
"We thought in the short term it would be a good idea to start with the front of the building because that is what you see first," said Robert Imhof of the Heritage Council.
With the restoration of the facade, Heritage Council members hope to spark more interest from potential buyers and investors.
Once purchased, Imhof hopes to see the building restored to its intended use as a hotel or hotel/apartment building.
Shirley A. Fabino, 79, of 155 1/2 Parade St., St. Marys, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at the home of her daughter Shelley Dush of Washington Street, St. Marys, after a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Kane, daughter of the late Hilding and Ruth Sawyers Anderson. On Sept. 24, 1948, in Ridgway, she married Archie J. Fabino, who preceded her in death on Jan. 14,1978.
Mary Lee Bloom, 55, of 4 Gillouly Ave., Ridgway, died unexpectely Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born April 28, 1956, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Robert H. and Loretta Hallinen Nussbaum. In 1975, in Johnsonburg she married Hubert J. Bloom Jr., who survives.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1974. She was employed as an LPN at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys and Ridgway.
Eugene R. "Gene" Brechtel, 84, of 159 Terra Cotta Rd., Johnsonburg, died Saturday afternoon, July 23, 2011, at Pincrest Manor in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Warren, son of the late Eugene F. and Madeline Weidert Brechtel. On April 7, 1948, he married Catherine J. Rezmerski, who died June 17, 1997.