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October 10th, 2011
Among the first group of witnesses to take the stand Monday on the opening day of the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy were Kelly Bauer of St. Marys, the daughter of murder victim Irene Challingsworth; Judith Wendel of St. Marys, a long-time client of Challingsworth; Diane Scutella of St. Marys, a former employee of Consolidated News Agency in 1999; Bill Brem of Tampa, Fla., a retired St. Marys City Police officer; and Cpl. Jeffrey Kunselman of the Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police's Forensic Services Unit.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The newest addition to Johnsonburg is Cindyâ€™s Resale Shop, owned by Cindy Williams. The shop has brightened the downtown of Johnsonburg as Williams has attractive window displays and welcoming benches out front.
Williamsâ€™ store carries new and gently used mint condition items ranging from womenâ€™s sizes zero to plus, menâ€™s sizes small to five extra-large, childrenâ€™s clothing and items, designer perfumes, gowns, glassware, shoes, jewelry and accessories.
ST. MARYS â€“ At Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors, area residents questioned board members about information contained in a Daily Press article covering last Thursday's work session meeting of the board. At that meeting, SMASD Superintendent Anne Kearney said she had been approached by ELEXCO Land Services Company, with the company requesting permission to conduct seismic testing on the district's property at the Bennetts Valley Elementary School.
The homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, began Monday morning as a 15-member jury heard opening remarks and testimony from four witnesses was heard.
Ridgway wrestling varsity head coach Gary Gerber has announced that he will retire after this upcoming season.
Gerber made the announcement on the radio show "Talk of the Town" aired on 97.5 The Hound, and hosted by Dennis D. Heindl, on Sunday afternoon.
Gerber started with Ridgway as the junior high coach in 1974 and has been the varsity head coach since 1983.
Ridgwayâ€™s wood and chainsaw carving culture runs deep through the area. It was the inspiration for the signage of the newest addition to Ridgwayâ€™s retail shops. Country Squirrel Outfitters located along Main Street where Loveâ€™s Canoes previously was has a six foot wide and seven foot high sign in the works for their store front.
The Heritage Council had given shop owners, Steve and Miranda (Neville) Putt a grant towards the sign.
â€śWe were really excited when we got the grant for the sign,â€ť Miranda said.
Putt said further that the design of the sign was inspired by Ridgwayâ€™s heritage.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon at Country Squirrel Outfitters at 3 Main St. in downtown Ridgway.
Owners Steve and Miranda Putt grew up in Bedford County and later moved to Colorado where they owned and operated a similar outfitter store; they ultimately moved back to Pennsylvania to be closer to family and friends.
After five years of vacancy, Owners Greg and Cara Lea Moore have preserved a part of the town's history by opening the West End Grocery at 608 Oak Street in Ridgway.
A wooden beam inside the store separates a section of the original building that was built in 1915 from an addition that was constructed in 1971.
"The building was built for a grocery store and it has been a grocery store since then, almost 100 years," Greg said. "Whenever you leave you will see a cement slab outside, which are the steps into the old building."
The Retail Division of the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their 8th annual Business Trick-or-Treat event to be held on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 3-5 p.m.
Trick-or-treating will begin at the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce at 300 Main St. in downtown Ridgway. At the Chamber, participants will be given a list of participating businesses, a goodie bag before they begin the loop and an opportunity to enter their name into a drawing to win a Halloween party basket.
Participating businesses that are located outside of town will be given a spot downtown to participate.
The Johnsonburg varsity football team surrounds the bonfire Monday night at Memorial Field.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.