January 20th, 2014
Pauline Cicuzza, 87, of Shawmut Avenue, Johnsonburg, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the Elk Regional Health Center following a short illness.
She was born Dec. 20, 1926 in Shawmut, daughter of the late Frederick and Flora (Minnick) Fischer.
On Nov. 10, 1946, she married Clement A. "Dubb" Cicuzza, he preceded her in death on May 18, 2006.
She was a homemaker, member of St. John Lutheran Church, Johnsonburg Senior Center, and was known for her frequent walks around the area for exercise.
Born and raised in Shawmut, she lived most of her life in Johnsonburg.
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).
Michael Eugene Assalone, a retired businessman and Diocese of Miami (Florida) honoree died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
Born in 1913, the Pennsylvania native graduated from Ridgway High School and attended a Pittsburgh business college on scholarship. He later moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he worked in the insurance industry before joining Tennessee Electric Motor Co.
He married Ina Kathleen McClanahan in 1938 and with their five children relocated to Miamiâ€™s Allapattah neighborhood in 1949. For the next 40 years, Michael worked tirelessly to establish Florida Electric Motor Co.
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.
A tie game might not seem like the typical time to pull out a behind-the-back pass but then again, Johnsonburg guard Cameron Grumley isn't just any typical basketball player.
Grumley's pass set up a go-ahead 3-pointer from Taylor Feronti which spurred the Rams on to a 54-37 win over Ridgway in front of a sellout crowd at Ridgway Area High School Friday night.
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.
Donald E. Daniels, 77, of Rotonda West, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.
He was born March 20, 1936 in Endicott, N.Y. to Harry and Margaret Daniels.
Donald served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal. Donald married Mary A. Reynolds on June 24, 1961 in Great Bend.
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.