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January 9th, 2012
On Monday afternoon, Elk County President Judge Richard Masson handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole to Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.
Several family members of homicide victim Irene Challingsworth addressed Lawrence Donachy, found guilty of her homicide and sentenced to life in prison without parole, during his sentencing hearing held Monday afternoon at the Elk County Courthouse.
The first to speak was Challingsworth's daughter, Kelly Bauer of St. Marys, who also testified during the preliminary hearing and trial.
Bauer said Challingsworth was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter and much more to the people who cared about her.
Today is National Cut Your Energy Cost Awareness Day. With unseasonably warm temperatures heating up our winter, and the approaching backlash of this warmth, now is a perfect time to start cutting your energy cost.
Jay Burke from Burkes Ace Home Center is certified in heat loss and heat design. Burke said the three biggest problems with heat loss in the home are foundation problems, faulty or missing insulation, and drafts.
ST. MARYS â€“ The River 98.9 will once again be hosting the Second Annual Polar Sweet Express event sponsored by Ridgway BiLo and Northwest Savings Bank.
CAPSEA [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse] Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant said the popular fundraising event is a one-stop shopping experience for all your Valentine's Day needs.
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys and will feature local vendors.
Flutterbye is a support program created by the Community Nurses, Inc., to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.
The program reaches out to grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The support program meets monthly for meetings and yearly for a day camp. Because of a grant awarded by Women Who Care, the program will be extended to a two-day camp in the summer of 2012.
Workers in the Marcellus Shale industry and a local well fire department were on hand Saturday for a confined space entry and rescue training and certification program held at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds.
During the program, simulations and drills were held that practiced rescuing injured workers from a frac tank. An actual frac tank, a tank that is used to hold water used in the hydrofracturing process that extracts natural gas from shale formations deep beneath the earth's surface, was used as part of the activities.
Keeping up with consistent demand over the years, the Ridgway YMCA is installing a new class at its facility along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway.
Jennifer Stolburg is back at the site teaching a new-age step aerobic class.
"Step & Sculpt is a new cardio fitness class that is being offered," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director at the Ridgway YMCA. "This new program is designed for both men & women and is suitable for all ages. This exercise session is done to choreographed rhythmic music and is step designed.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority approved the 2012 estimated operating budget during Thursday night's regular meeting.
Accountant Jeff Schutz estimates a total operating revenue of $993,910 with a capital expense of $75,000.
"I did hear some discussion of grinder pumps at Montmorenci and other issues that you may need to spend some money," Schutz said. "So you will have that $75,000."
According to Schutz, the 2012 budget is "in comparison" with the 2011 budget.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority held a reorganizational meeting Thursday night prior to the regular meeting to appoint officials.
Officials voted unanimously to reappoint Ed LaValle as chairman to the municipal authority.
Bill Seely was appointed as vice chairman and Bill Briggs will remain as treasurer.
A vacancy on the board exists for a recording secretary. Janis E. Kemmer resigned earlier from the position as she was elected in November 2011 as an Elk County commissioner.
A grant through the Stackpole-Hall Foundation has initiated an out-of-school youth program to be carried out by a collaboration with the Ridgway YMCA and the Elk County 4-H Program.
The 4-H program will open the door for Elk County children between the ages of eight and 18 years old to learn leadership, teamwork and other valuable skills that will encourage them to be proactive forces within the community.
According to 4-H Out-Of-School Programs Coordinator Jody Johnson, the program will focus on a variety of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] activities.