June 14th, 2011
Local law enforcement agents, dignitaries and citizens gathered Tuesday night at the Ridgway Elks Lodge No. 872 B.P.O.E. for a 45-minute Flag Day ceremony featuring several speakers, including Paul "Ted" Bullers, Mamie Mader and the Honorable Richard Masson, President Judge of Elk County.
"The purpose of the service is to honor our country's flag and to celebrate the anniversary of its birth," Bullers said. "It is quite appropriate that this service should be held by the Order of Elks, an organization that is distinctly American and intensely patriotic."
The Ridgway Area School District did not receive enough votes at their regular board meeting Tuesday night to adopt the 2011-2012 general fund budget with total revenues and expenses of $12,023,105 as presented at the May board meeting.
Board members Lucy Bobby, Kathy Lampman and president Eugene Pierce voted in favor of the general fund budget and board member Bill Seely voted against it.
ST. MARYS â€“ Area residents will soon have an extra incentive to utilize the Community Recycling Center, located at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. The center is currently open three days a week and collects a variety of recyclable material, such as number 1 and 2 plastic bottles and cardboard.
Bekki Titchner, recycling/solid waste coordinator, explained that at the end of May she was approved for a Stackpole Family Foundation Grant to help fund some incentives at the center.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Gas Task Force is hosting the first in a series of educational seminars on Wednesday evening at St. Marys Area Middle School from 6 to 8 p.m.
Elk County Commissioner and Task Force Chairperson June Sorg, along with Jodi Foster, Elk County Planning Department's community and economic development coordinator, have worked together on planning the seminar.
While initial plans for the Spring Creek Bridge replacement project were to have already commenced this spring, township supervisors indicated Monday night that unforeseen errors and elevated prices have jeopardized plans.
"The state dropped the ball is what happened," said supervisor and chairman Richard Wittman. "There was a lot of stuff that the state had that fell through that should've been done. Because of that, the bids for the bridge have been postponed to probably January of 2012.
Floyd Pennington, 83, of 101 N. Mill St., Ridgway, passed away, June 10, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center. He was born May 15, 1928, in Beaverdale, the son of Eanest and Arminta Meckley Pennington. He married Alice Johnson, she survives. He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church. He had recently moved to Ridgway. He had lived in Florida and Connecticut prior to moving to Ridgway. He was a boiler maker who retired in York.
David Charles Fantaskey, 61, formerly of the Commons in Ridgway, died Sunday morning, June 12, 2011, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
He was born Jan. 19, 1950 in Renovo, son of the late Harold C. and Gladys L. (Jordan) Fantaskey.
He had resided in Ridgway for most of his life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was a 1969 graduate of the Ridgway High School. He was a huge John Wayne fan and enjoyed watching the Jets and the Yankees. He had been employed at ELCAM for five years.
Clarence Leroy Russell Sr., age 57, of 30 Peters Road Brockport, died June 10, 2011, at Elk Regional Medical Center in St. Marys.
He was born May 26, 1954, in Bradford, son of Richard and Mary Smith Russell. On Dec. 31, 1985, he married April Davis, she survives.
Arlene R. Robuck, 60, of 227 Shawmut Lane, Kersey, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Nov. 23, 1950 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Fred and Grace (Schneider) Robuck.
She had resided in the Kersey area all of her life and was a graduate of the St. Marys High School. She was Catholic by faith. She had also been employed by Clarion Sintered Metals for 19 years.
George William Gardner, 76 of Peachtree Street Ext., Claremont, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He is now walking with Jesus. Born May 3, 1935 in Portland Mills, he was the son of the late George William Johnson and Olive Claire Shaffer.
He was a milkman with V.T. Smith Dairy in DuBois, PA for many years and a mechanic with G.S. Fibers-Hickory Springs in Claremont for over 14 years. George was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover. He was an avid NASCAR truck series fan.