April 18th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“Â The St. Marys City Police Department reports investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Bucktail Road (SR 120) on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 11:15 a.m. that claimed the life of Frederick K. Beck, age 74, of Emporium.
Police report that a 2008 Jeep operated by Beck was traveling westbound on Bucktail Road, approaching a curve in the roadway. A 2002 Freightliner single-unit box truck operated by Michael L. Barr, 57, of Kersey, was traveling eastbound on Bucktail Road approaching the same curve.
Dozens of residents gathered at the Francis. S. Grandinetti Elementary School Cafeteria Wednesday night for a public meeting held by the Ridgway Area School District to provide the public with information on Act 130.
Act 130 was signed into law on Oct. 15, 2008, which allows school districts to change from occupation to earned income tax.
WILCOX â€“ During Wednesday morning's East Branch Dam Safety Project stakeholders meeting, representatives from the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, discussed updates of the project to area residents, local partners and other agency personnel.
Werner Loehlein, water management specialist with the Corps, explained current water levels since the last dam safety meeting held in September.
"East Branch is a multiple-purpose project, with its two primary purposes flood control and low water regulation for water quality," Loehlein said.
KANE â€“ It took more than two hours Wednesday to crown the champions in the second annual Spelling Bee at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
Matt Johnson, a fifth-grader from the Johnsonburg Elementary School, took first place in the division for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.
Bobby Rumcik, a third-grader in the Kane Elementary School, won the division for second and third-grade students. He won the same division last year as a second-grader.
Lindsey Kocjancic, a fifth-grade student in Johnsonburg, finished second in the division for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA] voted unanimously in favor of purchasing a new dump truck during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Manager Lisa Sorg presented quotes for three trucks. Officials decided on a 2012 Ford F-550 Regular Cab 4x4 from Murray Ford. The total cost of the truck after the trade-in and up-fitting price is $47,277.96.
The Authority received $28,094 for the trade-in of their eight-year-old truck.
Official Ed Gapinski said the old truck has been "nothing but heartache" since its purchase.
Edith P. Zambanini, 103, of Ridgway, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Elk Haven Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Oct. 11, 1908, in Byrnedale, the daughter of the late Arthur and Angeline Ronca Busatto. On July 5, 1925, she married Senatore Zambanini, he predeceased her in 1980. She was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed playing cards, bingo and going to the casino.
Eugene R. "Herbie" Tassone, 86, of 526 Penn St., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Aug. 16, 1925 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Salvatore "Sam" and Ellen Vavala Tassone. On April 26, 1952, in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Agnes Gapinski, who survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and was a 1944 graduate of Johnsonburg High School. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, Holy Name Society, Johnsonburg Senior Center, and the Knights of Columbus.
Thomas M. Grumley Sr., 91, of 204 Jefferson Ave., Ridgway, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 12 noon at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born Aug. 10, 1920, in Johnsonburg, the son of John and Elizabeth Miller Grumley. On July 26, 1947, he married Geraldine â€śJerryâ€ť M. Nelson, she survives. Mr. Grumley had been a Ridgway resident since 1957. He was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church, the American Legion, a longtime member of the Johnsonburg Sportsmenâ€™s Club and a life member of the Johnsonburg V.F.W. Grumley-Tucci-Pavlina Post 6301.
Elk County Commissioners discussed the possibility of a new kind of public issue forum regarding Marcellus Shale.
Mike Kamandulis, a member of Elk County C.A.R.E.S. [Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship], reviewed his experiences attending A forum entitled "The Marcellus Shale - What Does It Mean For Us," hosted Saturday, April 14, at the Central Pa. Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, Centre County.
Ronald C. Ecklund, 73, of 668 Washington Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 3, 1939 in Ridgway, son of the late Charles M. and Martha L. (Fischer) Ecklund. On Nov. 11, 1983, he married Ann Werner Ecklund, who survives.