July 7th, 2011
Kenneth L. (Chunk) Danekas, 33, of 28 Lincoln St., Ridgway, died Thursday morning, July 7, 2011, at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 10, 1977, in Sycamore, Ill., son of David D. and Jane M. (Fischer) Danekas. He married Kerri E. Brendel on June 19, 2004.
He had resided in Ridgway for 19 years and was a former Janesville, Wisc. resident. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and a member of the U.S. Bowling Congress.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority held a special meeting yesterday evening to accept a bid for a pressure-reducing vault to be installed along West Center Street.
Authority members approved a bid submitted by Continental Construction for $93,250 with expected completion to be reached in mid-August.
Two other bids were proposed for a pressure reducing vault in the amounts of $144,215 from Guyer Brothers and $125,000 from Roman Excavating.
DAGUS MINES â€“ Consistent offense and strong pitching led the Wilcox American Legion team to an 11-1 victory at Fox Township to advance to the Elk County Legion League championship series.
Wilcox won the best-of-three series 2-0 after a 12-3 victory on Tuesday night in Wilcox. The championship series will start on Sunday against St. Marys. St. Marys won 14-5 over Bradford.
The Elk County Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting yesterday morning to approve a variety of topics.
First on the agenda, the commissioners approved the use of the courthouse lawn on July 15 and 22 by the Elk County Council of the Arts for their Summer Concert Series.
The commissioners voted to approve a license agreement made effective as of June 30, 2010, by and between West Penn Power Company and Elk County.
For more, read the Wednesday, July 6 edition of The Ridgway Record.
WILCOX â€“ The Wilcox American Legion baseball team opened the Elk County American Legion playoffs with a 12-3 win over Fox Township last night at Jones Township Community Park.
"It's a nice way to start a new season," Wilcox coach Jeff Peterson said. "The rest of the pitching staff will have to pick it up a notch moving forward. Fox is a good team with good pitching and good hitting."
The win puts Wilcox ahead 1-0 in the best-of-three semifinal series. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Fox Township.
ST. MARYS â€“ The St. Marys Little League Junior All-Stars used a strong nine-run first inning to set the stage for their victory over the Ridgway Little League All-Stars Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park. After building a large lead, St. Marysâ€™ batters were able to answer Ridgwayâ€™s runs and cruised to a 14-4 victory in five innings.
ST. MARYS â€“ The St. Marys 11-12 year old all stars came from behind to beat the Ridgway all stars by a 10-7 score Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park.
Ridgway was leading the contest 7-5 going into the top half of the sixth. St. Marys came up with five runs in that inning to record the 10-7 victory.
St. Marys is in action tonight at 6 p.m. against Punxsutawney. This will be the finals of the loserâ€™s bracket.
The Elk County Tea Party hosted its Freedom Rally yesterday morning to a large audience on the steps of the Elk County Courthouse.
Among the many guest speakers were U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) and State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk).
With increased construction zones in the area and holiday traffic on the rise for the Fourth of July, State Police officials are hoping for a safe weekend.
"We see an increase in traffic during pretty much any holiday," said Trooper Bruce Morris of the Ridgway-based state police. "The most significant one, believe it or not, is Thanksgiving, as we see an increase in DUIs along that time as well. You have college kids coming back on a break, you have hunters coming in for the deer season, so that's usually the biggest one out of all of them.
Americans lighting up sparklers and enjoying their own backyard fireworks displays in conjunction with this year's Fourth of July national celebration may be relieved to know that even though the use of these products has increased dramatically over the past 35 years, they are the safest they've been since such information has been regularly tracked.