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January 19th, 2014
Former Ridgway Fire Department chief John Wygant was honored Saturday night during the department's annual awards banquet at Central Fire Station.
Wygant, chief of the department for 14 years, stepped down during the latter part of 2013.
"I think this is the first time I've been speechless-- yeah, that's unusual," Wygant said as he accepted awards from the Elk County Fire Chiefs Association, the Ridgway Fire Department, Ridgway mayor Dr. Guillermo Udarbe, and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk).
ST. MARYS â€“ A 77-year-old St. Marys man died early Saturday morning in a fire at 523 Brusselles St., St. Marys.
A report filed by Trooper Robert J. Southern of the Ridgway-based state police confirmed the death of James L. Robbins in the blaze which reportedly broke out shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18.
His wife, Joan M. Robbins, 69, escaped the blaze and was reportedly transported to UPMC Mercy Hospital. Sources familiar with the situation confirmed Saturday night that she was being treated for second degree burns but had also suffered from severe smoke inhalation.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Community Collaborative to Improve Health Care welcomed St. Marys Police Officers Gregg McManus and Anthony Pistner to their January meeting for a presentation on the rising abuse of bath salts in our area.
SMETHPORT â€“ A preliminary hearing for the alleged drug-influenced driver in a six-fatality traffic accident is tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 before Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman.
Seth Franco, a former Harlem Globetrotter, returned to Awakening Alliance Church on Wednesday evening to perform some of his basketball tricks as well as share his story on how he has kept his faith through his many struggles with the sport of basketball.
The borough of Ridgway has been busy taking on the task of purchasing condemned homes around the borough, and has recently purchased three homes, two located along North Broad Street and one on Clarion Avenue, for the purpose of razing them.
ST. MARYS â€“ Following the recent announcement of the closing of St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys current and former area residents have voiced their reaction to the news, a majority of which are of sadness and disappointment paired with fond memories of The Benedictine Sisters of Elk County and their contributions to the community.
During their regular school board meeting Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area High School principal Heather McMahon-Vargas offered updates on the latest academic committee findings. The committee has been working on issuing surveys to middle and high school faculty in order to take a closer look at their thoughts concerning opportunities for student development.
ST. MARYS â€“ After three years of prayerful study the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County agreed to move forward with plans to close St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys.
According to a press release issued on Tuesday afternoon, this decision was made on Monday.
As the work of closing moves forward not all the questions have been answered and much work remains.
The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, now in its 15th year, will run from Saturday, Feb. 22 to Saturday, March 1, and event organizers Liz and Rick Boni are anticipating its arrival.