May 3rd, 2012
ST. MARYS - A greater number of Americans than ever before are choosing to homeschool their children, with over two million students receiving a home education. A group of area homeschool parents recently discussed their reasons for choosing the homeschool option for their children.
Mothers with The Elk County Homeschoolers said that while homeschooling has traditionally drawn criticism for a perceived lack of oversight and regulation, Pennsylvania's Home Education Law establishes strict requirements that homeschoolers must follow.
The mothers explained that while there is a great deal of freedom afforded homeschoolers in teaching and enriching their children the guidelines for doing so as spelled out in Pennsylvania's Home Education Law, Act 169 of 1988 are stringent.
Shirley (Ross) Gerg, 84, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 121 Parkway Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 29, 1927 in Hicks Run, daughter of the late Patrick and Mildred Ford Ross.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1946. She served as the cafeteria manager at the Elk County Catholic High School from 1975 to 2001 and had been a co-owner of the Olympic Bar and Restaurant in St. Marys.
This time, the defensive miscues went in Ridgway's favor.
So did the game.
Ridgway took advantage of three Curwensville errors in the fifth inning for four runs to propel the Elkers to a 12-10, 6-inning win over the Golden Tide Thursday afternoon at Sandy Beach Recreational Park.
"The way the breaks have been going this year, I still don't know if we're even in the break department but we'll take it," Ridgway coach Mark Morelli said. "We've had a few times this year where we've given the other team the break and given them the chance to win the game."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ In a game delayed by nearly an hour due to detrimental weather, the Brockway Lady Rovers didn't let Mother Nature stop them en route to a 12-1 win Thursday in five innings against Johnsonburg.
Brockway's Brittany Johnson scattered five hits through five innings of work while giving up only one run, a single to mound opponent Kiana Myers, who brought in second baseman Kassa Kocjancic for an early 1-0 lead.
Iva A. Fay, 101, formerly of 244 Spruce St., Ridgway, died Tuesday evening, May 1, 2012, at Highland View Health Care in Brockway. She was born February 5, 1911 in Bedford, Ohio, daughter of the late William and Esther (Holt) Atkin. She married John A. Fay in December of 1940, he preceded her in death in 1972. She had resided in Ridgway for 76 years and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ridgway. Iva was very active in her church and the community.
Shirley Mae Nedza-McNulty, 63, of DuBois, died suddenly on Monday, April 30, 2012 at DRMC.
She was born May 2, 1948 in DuBois, daughter of Catherine (Narvey) Nedza and the late George Nedza.
She worked as a registered nurse for over 40 years and was one of the first paramedics in the area. Most recently, she served as funeral home supervisor for the Ubel Funeral Home in Johnsonburg, where she worked with her nephew Joseph M. Nedza since 2005, along with assisting her family at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home in Penfield and The Leo Nedza Funeral Homes of DuBois and Sykesville.
There were multiple area winners this year in the 2012 Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds Awards.
The initiative recognizes "outstanding efforts in sustainable tourism development in the Pennsylvania Wilds."
ST. MARYS â€“ Local St. Marys salon Shear Envy and its owner and stylist Cari Wortman teaches the American Cancer Societyâ€™s Look Good Feel Better program to help women battling cancer to improve their appearance and self-image.
â€śThe program helps women understand the changes in their hair and skin that may occur during treatment,â€ť Wortman said. â€śThis helps the patients overcome the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.â€ť
Wortman began offering the program six years ago because she loves reaching out and helping others.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader tennis squad picked up an 8-1 victory over the Johnsonburg Rams on Wednesday afternoon in matches played at Benzinger and Memorial parks in St. Marys
"[It was] a good win for us today," said ECC coach Nick Caggiano. "We were taking nice shots and working on improving on some areas."
At first singles, Crusader Ben Wortman defeated Mason Martonik 6-1, 6-0. At second singles, Drew Meyer fell to Johnsonburg's J.P. Allegretto 2-6, 3-6. At third singles, Shane Mancuso picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win for ECC over Shane Bickford.