January 21st, 2014
ST. MARYS â€“ Longtime Elk County Catholic High School varsity boys basketball coach Aaron Straub entered the 2013-2014 season with 688 wins over the course of over 30 seasons coaching the Crusader program. Now in his 32nd season, he needed just 12 wins to record his 700th varsity boys victory, and he achieved that milestone on Monday evening as the Crusaders defeated the Kane Wolves 66-26 at home at the ECCHS gymnasium.
Area agencies and volunteers continue to emphasis mentoring programs during January, recognized as National Mentoring Month.
Sara Sutter from Big Brothers Big Sisters said officials recently received a grant to expand their program but indicated Tuesday morning there are over 20 children on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Despite cold temperatures outside, the Johnsonburg Rams (15-2) turned in a dominating performance Tuesday night in a blistering 75-30 victory over visiting Sheffield (4-12).
The Rams had a double-digit lead five minutes into the game and had a running clock near the midway point of the third quarter thanks to the 40-point mercy rule.
A late second quarter run would propel Curwensville to a 52-24 victory over Ridgway Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Monday's win would definitely qualify as a bounceback win for Ridgway.
After a loss to Johnsonburg last Friday, Ridgway boys basketball took control of the game in the second quarter and never looked back in a 51-19 victory over Coudersport Monday night at Ridgway Area High School.
The Ridgway Borough Council discussed various solutions for the Main Street parking situation during their regular meeting held Monday evening.
During a meeting of the street lighting, parking and traffic committee held Jan. 9, the committee recommended that signs be installed on Main Street posting two-hour parking limits to be posted from Broad Street to the V.F.W. on both sides of the street. The proposed signs would be funded by the Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Heritage Council. The committee also recommended that enforcement be decided upon at a later date.
U.S. Representative Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-Pa. 5th District) attended the Ridgway Fire Department annual awards banquet Saturday night and presented a letter of recognition to the department.
Thompson, who assumed office Jan. 3, 2009, has spent 30 years as a member of Howard Volunteer Fire Company 14 and was also actively involved as an emergency medical technician and rescue technician.
Leslie E. Stilwell, 83, of 110 South St., Ridgway, died Monday morning, Jan. 20, 2014 at the Butler Memorial Hospital in Butler following a lengthy illness.
He was born June 22, 1930 in Roulette, son of the late George Leslie and Minnie (Carr) Stilwell.
He married Mary Eleanor DeVoge on Jan. 21, 1956, and she survives.
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).