March 6th, 2014
Polly (Baum) Witmer, 54, of Reston, Va., died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 following a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Polly was born in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edward and Betty Baum.
She graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1977 and from Mount Aloysius College in 1979. She worked as a certified occupational therapist assistant in Jamestown, N.Y., and Fairfax, Va.
Polly was also a certified massage therapist treating both people and animals. She enjoyed being active outdoors with hiking, skiing, running, scuba diving, rafting, and camping.
Current Johnsonburg track and field athlete Gabbi Benninger has signed a letter of intent to compete at Duquesne University.
Benninger is a senior at Ridgway Area High School and competes for Johnsonburg under the co-op agreement between the two schools.
JAMES CITY â€“ A state agency is cutting off monthly pension payments to former Highland Township Supervisor Charles Vaughn.
The pension of $332.92 per month for Vaughn has been paid by the Trustees Insurance and Retirement Services-- part of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).
FOX TWP. â€“ A proposal to save township money through increased monitoring of overtime generated strong disagreement among Fox Township supervisors at Wednesday night's meeting.
Renovations to an existing office within the Elk County Courthouse will cost over $115,000, according to bids opened Tuesday morning.
The project will renovate the existing tax claims and tax assessment office currently located in the Elk County Courthouse along Main Street in downtown Ridgway. This office is the new home of the countyâ€™s domestic relations office, which will transition into the courthouse.
Kenneth E. Lecker, 73, of Wilcox, died suddenly Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Kane Community Hospital.
There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the familiesâ€™ convenience.
Ubel Funeral Home, 111 Bridge St., Johnsonburg, Pa. 15845 is entrusted with funeral arrangements.
DDCC of April School of Dance recently took six soloists to the VIP Dance Competition in Akron, Ohio.
The Ridgway Rotary Club is gearing up for their Frostbite Open, a miniature golf fundraiser with proceeds going to Shelter Box, an international program that provides emergency supplies to disaster victims around the world.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, with the event beginning and ending at Aiello's Cafe, located along North Broad Street.
Four-person teams may preregister at any of the social clubs participating in the event, including the Moose, Elks, Eagles, of VFW.
Kevin C. White, 61, of 215 Little Ave., Ridgway, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at home with his wife and daughter by his side.
He was born June 7, 1952 in Ridgway, the son of the late Howard and Mary White.
He graduated from Elk County Catholic High School, class of 1970.
On April 18, 1976, he married Linda Parulo.
CLARION â€”Â The Ridgway Elkers captured the District 9 Class A boys basketball championship Saturday night by defeating the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 48-41 score in the title game played at Clarion Universityâ€™s Tippin Gymnasium.
The Elkers had built a seven-point lead at the end of three quarters. In the final eight minutes of play, Ridgway used the foul line to their advantage as they converted 10 of 15 foul shots to help secure the victory. The Elkers were 17 of 26 from the sin strip for the game while Elk Catholic was nine of 13.