In the past five years, The Ridgway Record and The Kane Republican Editor Joseph Bell has acclimated himself to the community by covering everything from news to sports, and throughout those experiences has formed relationships with a wide variety of individuals and organizations. These bonds led Bell to pen numerous commentaries, three of which were recently recognized as Keystone Press Award winners from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA).
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors held a reorganizational meeting to appoint officers prior to their regular meeting Monday night.
Lisa Connelly was unanimously reelected as board president.
Board member William Seely nominated Dave Parsons as president but was declined by Parsons.
Gloria Almquist-Shull was reappointed as vice president.
ST. MARYS â€“ A 25-year-old St. Marys man charged with setting fire to his father's and stepmother's home was in Elk County Court Monday, where he entered a plea of guilty to crimes of arson.
A St. Marys man charged with running over his wife with a pickup truck during the escalation of a verbal dispute was in Elk County Court Monday, where he entered a plea of guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault.
Sr. John Frances Aiello, SSJ, 88, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on Dec. 3, 2012.
She was in her 60th year of religious life. She was born in Johnsonburg on Sept. 1, 1924, the daughter of the late John and Frances Chirillo Aiello. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Holy Rosary parish in Johnsonburg on Aug. 30, 1953 and professed her final vows on Aug. 15, 1959. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2003.
COUDERSPORT â€“ Gunfire erupted during service at a Coudersport church Sunday, morning leaving one dead and the alleged shooter in police custody.
According to reports from the Coudersport-based Pennsylvania State Police, at around 11:22 a.m. on Sunday morning the alleged shooter, 52-year-old Coudersport resident Greg Eldred, walked into the First United Presbyterian Church at Main and Fourth streets in Coudersport before reportedly firing shots and killing 53-year-old Darlene J. Sitler of Coudersport.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County County Concert Choir delighted a packed house at Sacred Heart Church in St. Marys on Saturday evening with its special Christmas program, "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas."
This was the second performance by the choir; the first was held on Nov. 27 at St. Leo Magnus Church in Ridgway. Refreshments and a social followed Saturday's performance.
Martha M. Erhard Holmberg, 89, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Portville, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.
Born May 25, 1923 in Ridgway, she was a daughter of Wilbur and Susie Walker Erhard. On Feb. 11, 1942 in Ridgway, she married Arthur M. Holmberg, who passed away on Aug. 22, 1989.
Mrs. Holmberg attended Ridgway High School. During World War II, Mrs. Holmberg served as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy. She was later employed at Fibercel Corporation in Portville.
Marlon E. Fields Sr., age 61, of Shawmut Road, Brockport, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at his residence.
He was born March 9, 1951, in Ridgway, son of the late Wayne A. and Betty Jane Stubbs Fields.
He was married to Joyce M. Gelnett, who preceded him in death on Jan. 29, 2002.
A Protestant by faith, Marlon was a member of the Horton Township Sportsmen's Club in Brockport. He enjoyed hunting and racing, and also enjoyed hanging out at Sheetz drinking coffee with his buddies. Marlon especially loved "Nuge," his dog which was his faithful companion and best friend.
Dickinson Center, Inc. [DCI] is in need of sponsors to participate in the 4th annual Pat Work Memorial Christmas Project.
Last year, 221 children from Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter counties received gifts and clothing as part of the Christmas Project. This year DCI is hoping to fulfill the wishes of 180 children, but has 35 remaining children to be selected from the Angel Giving Tree.
The project was named after Patricia "Pat" Work, a therapist at Dickinson for many years prior to her passing in 2003.