February 16th, 2015
During Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting, Ridgway Borough Mayor Dr. Guillermo Udarbe updated the council on the success of the YMCA since the new swimming pool opened Friday, Jan. 10.
Udarbe said through talking with YMCA executive director Mary Lynne Bellotti, he found out that since the new swimming pool opened, 250 new members have joined the YMCA.
However, the influx of members is creating a parking issue with the YMCA, Udarbe said.
"Their main problem right now is parking," Udarbe said.
ST. MARYS â€“ A fire broke out early Monday morning in sub-zero temperatures at a West Creek Road farmhouse, leaving two elderly St. Marys brothers homeless.
Crystal Fire Department Chief Bill Kraus said there are no suspicious circumstances regarding the fire's origins at 361 West Creek Road as three fire departments responded to the blaze with a fourth on standby in St. Marys.
Imagine attempting to keep a vehicle safely on the road while driving blindfolded for five seconds at 55 miles per hour. In addition, by this time a driver has covered an area slightly longer than a football field.What may sound like a challenge to some is a risk drivers take everyday when reading or sending a text message.
One local business owner is hoping to raise awareness to the dangers of texting and driving through participation in the Red Thumb Reminder project, encouraging drivers to paint their thumb nail red or wear a red band or string around their finger.
ST. MARYS â€” Elk County Catholicâ€™s Nate DaCanalâ€™s field goal with seconds left gave the Elk County Catholic Crusaders a hard fought 47-46 win over the Ridgway Elkers Saturday night in the Allegheny Mountain League championship played at the St. Marys Area High School.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders won their fourth straight girlsâ€™ Allegheny Mountain League title Saturday night when they defeated the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals 49-30 in the title game played at the St. Marys Area High School.
Ridgway freshman Hailey Hoffman won the all-around championship at the League Championships held Friday night at DuBois Area High School.
Hoffman won the all-around with a score of 33.425. Hoffman was also the uneven bars champion with a score of 8.725. Hoffman finished sixth in vault with a score of 8.35 and was ninth on balance beam with a 7.6.
Elizabeth Jane Erickson, 65, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 after a gutsy battle with lung disease.
Betsy was born to Walter "Baldy" and Agnes Foster Bouse on Nov. 25, 1949, their fourth child. On Aug. 18, 1972, she married John Erickson of Johnsonburg and they resided in Ridgway all their married life.
Kathleen Ann Penfield, 63, of 236 Walnut St., Ridgway, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at Highland View Health Care in Brockway.
She was born March 13, 1951 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Herbert and Marion Mitchell Fannin. On April 28, 1973, she married William R. Penfield Jr., who survives.
She had lived in Ridgway all her life. She had been employed at St. Marys Carbon for 31 years. She was a graduate of Ridgway Area High School Class of 1970. Kathy enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting and scrapbooking.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department), St. Marys Ambulance and St. Marys Police responded shortly after 3 p.m. Friday to a two-vehicle crash in the Rite Aid parking lot along the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys. A public information release report was unavailable at press time but St. Marys Police confirmed a patron was exiting the business Friday afternoon and struck an unattended Ford F150 pickup truck and a large business sign located on the property.
Ridgway boys basketball advanced to the AML championship game with a 34-26 victory over Johnsonburg Friday night at Ridgway Area High School in an AML semifinal matchup.
"It was tough. It was about what we thought it would be, low-scoring," Ridgway coach Anthony Allegretto said. "We're a patient team and when they pack in that zone, that zone's hard to attack. Coach Shuey has them much more under control. Early in the season, he had some guys out gambling at times. Now it's hard to find anything."