June 1st, 2014
Ridgway Area High School Class of 2014 Salutatorian Caitlin Victoria Johnson spoke at the class's graduation ceremony which was held Friday night at Memorial Field.
"I'd like to thank everyone for attending the Class of 2014's graduation ceremony," Johnson said. "I'd like to thank my fellow graduates, my parents, my teachers, my administrators and everyone else who made this day possible not only for me but for all of us graduating. Congratulations to the Class of 2014."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Area High School celebrated the graduating class of 2014 with a ceremony held Friday evening in the school's auditorium.
The class of 2014 had 45 students, 24 of which are continuing on to a four-year university, seven who are moving on to a two-year trade school program, one joining the armed forces and 13 who will be entering the job market.
Alyse Martinez was the Class of 2014 valedictorian while salutatorian was Kathryn Polaski.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Area High School Class of 2014 valedictorian Alyse Martinez addressed her fellow classmates along with family and friends at JHS's graduation ceremony held Friday evening in the school's auditorium.
Her speech, titled "Moving Forward" stressed the importance of trying new things and making your own choices.
Martinez's speech began with a quote from Ann Landers: "Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies."
She continued on to describe the Class of 2014's years spent together as well as the upcoming transitions in their lives.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Kathryn Polaski, class president and salutatorian of the Johnsonburg Area High School Class of 2014 presented her salutatorian speech along with a farewell speech during JHS's commencement ceremony held in the high school auditorium on Friday evening.
Polaski began her speech with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
She went on to describe a recent experience she had with her fellow classmates on their senior trip to Florida and how the trip had affected her.
JoAnn S. Gnan, 71, of 518 Hickory St., Ridgway, died early Sunday morning, June 1, 2014 at Penn Highlands DuBois following a lengthy illness.
She was born Feb. 24, 1943 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Emil F. and Nellie R. (Briggs) Streich.
She married Benjamin C. Gnan Jr. on Feb. 19, 1982, he survives.
She had resided in Ridgway all of her life and was a member of the American Legion Post #208. She was a 1961 graduate of Ridgway High School. She was a longtime employee of Alpha Sintered Metals, retiring in 2008.
Mary H. Jacobs, 80, of 618 North Maple Ave., Ridgway, died Saturday afternoon, May 31, 2014 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 18, 1933 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Ben and Jennie (DeMucci) Marzella. She married William L. Jacobs on Feb. 12, 1955, and he survives.
She had resided in Ridgway all her life and was a 1953 graduate of St. Leo High School. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. Mary had been employed by Stackpole Carbon, the St. Marys Bakery, Cronk's Flowers and Fox's Pizza in Ridgway.
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Brockway) said Friday that Governor Tom Corbett has requested a disaster declaration for areas in Elk County impacted by flooding last week.
"[Corbett] has sent a letter to the United States Small Business Administration to request a disaster declaration," Scarnati said. "This disaster declaration would enable residents and business owners with property damaged by the massive rains to be eligible for low interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Anthony K. Milliard pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges of criminal conspiracy and arson and related offenses.
President Judge Richard Masson sentenced Milliard to five to 10 years of incarceration at the State Diagnostic and Classification Center in Pittsburgh. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $103,440 to State Farm Insurance.
KANE â€“ A knife-wielding Kane man faces numerous charges following a Thursday night incident in which he pleaded with a Kane police officer to shoot him.
Larry P. Walker II, 42, of 231 Janeway St., Kane, is charged with felony aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person, according to documents filed with Kane District Court.
BROCKWAY â€” The Elk County Catholic Crusaders came up with eight runs on seven hits and four walks in the home half of the fifth inning to capture the District 9 Class A baseball championship over the Cranberry Berries by a 13-3 score.