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July 24th, 2011

Shirley A. Fabino

July 25, 2011

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

July 25, 2011

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

July 25, 2011

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.

July 22nd

RHS grad leading Little League team in state tournament

July 23, 2011

The Pennsylvania Major League All-Star Tournament will have some Ridgway representation this upcoming week.
Matt Wright, a 1985 Ridgway Area High School graduate is coaching the Redland Major League All-Stars to the state tournament.

Fundraiser to help Bodien family

July 23, 2011

For many folks, it seems to be the simplest of tasks: "I can get into the grocery store and remember things without even writing it down," says Jim Bodien of Ridgway, "even if it is just two or three things."
Jim suffers from Huntington's disease, a genetic defect on chromosome No. 3 that has caused loss of memory, judgment, speech changes, personality changes, and has brought on confusion in his life. To simply remember those two or three grocery items is in itself a noteworthy achievement.

Key National Guard generals salute fallen soldier

July 23, 2011

*This is part of a special internet edition*

KANE – Two key generals in the Pennsylvania National Guard visited Friday afternoon in Kane with the family of 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, who was killed Monday in Afghanistan.
The generals who flew to Kane in a Black Hawk helicopter from the Guard headquarters at Indiantown Gap near Harrisburg include:
*Major General Wesley Craig, who as adjutant general is the leader of the entire Pennsylvania National Guard.

Tears are flowing at National Guard unit in Kane

July 23, 2011

*This article is part of a special internet edition*

KANE – There's a somber mood today at the Kane Armory along Chestnut Street where the local National Guard unit is undergoing its monthly drill.
The unit-- Detachment 1, Company A, 128th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), Second Brigade of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard-- is mourning the loss of Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, who was killed Monday while serving with another Guard unit in Afghanistan.

July 21st

Ken VanGiesen's family relies on faith to endure pain

July 22, 2011

*This article is part of a special internet edition*

KANE – Tom and Sue VanGiesen on Tuesday heard the worst news parents can ever hear.
Their 30-year-old son-- Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen-- had been killed in Afghanistan while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
As can be imaged, it's been a painful four days for the VanGiesen family as plans still are being made for the soldier's funeral in Kane.
Despite their heartache and tears, the VanGiesens both claim their faith in God will see them through these darkest days of their lives.

'Tasting in the Wilds' festival this Saturday

July 22, 2011

The Ridgway Heritage Council will present the sixth annual 'Tasting in the Wilds' festival this Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at the Firemen's Grounds along Route 219 in Ridgway.
The festival offers a great opportunity for patrons to sample beverages from eight local wineries and an even larger selection of beers from breweries such as Otto's Pub and Brewery out of State College, Erie-based Erie Brewing Company, Straub Brewery of St. Marys and more.
With a tasting ticket, participants can sample beers by Troegs Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Samuel Adams and many others.

Restoration project on schedule

July 22, 2011

During Monday night's borough council meeting, Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki reported that the restoration project for the Aiello Building at 205 Main Street in Ridgway, is running according to schedule.
"They are actually on schedule or a little ahead because of the dry weather that we have been having," Bogacki said. "Once they get the roof, windows and building contained they will have their own power source. Right now, they are focusing on the structure."
Bogacki noted that the target date for the building to be structurally sound was projected at six months.

Ridgway girls basketball defeated the Lady Owls but balanced scoring had the Lady Elkers' offense...
Ridgway wrestling defeated Curwensville 45-32 in a dual meet Thursday night at Ridgway Area High...
JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg girls basketball lost 45-23 to Bradford Wednesday night at Johnsonburg...