August 6th, 2012
Kenneth Randall Simon, 64, of 1806 Arroyo Rd., Ridgway, died Sunday at his residence.
He was born Jan. 31, 1948 in Ridgway, son of the late John F. and Connie M. (Tate) Simon. He had resided in the Ridgway area all of his life and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was a 1966 graduate of the Ridgway High School and was also a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. and a Master's degree in wildlife biology. He had been employed by AlliedBarton Security Services at Graftech in St. Marys for 20 years and had also been a deputy game warden for 25 years.
KERSEY â€“ Work continued over the weekend as members of Midway Utica, N.Y. moved their amusement rides in preparation for this week's Elk County Fair.
While patrons will later this week embark on the fairgrounds in Kersey, organizers said work for this year's fair began just a little while after last year's event ended.
"We've been doing our hoagie fundraisers, they do very well, and we've had flea market craft shows that do fairly decent," said Jamie Wolfe, grounds manager. "We have a sign program as well where you pay money to have a sign on the fence at the grounds."
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk Regional's acute care service for non-urgent health care needs, called "Q Care," has been restructured with new hours, a new location, and lower costs to better serve area residents.
Susan (Asunta) Mann Veneziano, age 103, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at the Twinbrook Medical Center.
Formerly of Erie, she resided in Harbor Creek Township. She was born in Brockway July 18, 1909, daughter of the late Salvadore and Angeline Mann. She is survived by her sons, Barnie Veneziano of Harbor Creek, with whom she lived, Thomas Veneziano and his wife, Marge, of Charleston, S.C., and James Michael Veneziano of North East; and her daughter, Suzanne Scaduto and her husband, John, of Henderson, Nev.
KERSEY â€“ Organizers and volunteers are vigorously preparing for next week's 38th Annual Elk County Fair in Kersey.
With amusement rides provided by Midway Rides of Utica, N.Y., general admission is $6 daily or patrons may purchase advance tickets at the Corner Market & Deli in Kersey. Advanced tickets will be sold for $20 and will give a patron access during all five days of the fair, which runs from Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 11.
JOHNSONBURG - The Elk County Tax Collection Committee voted Thursday to approve a resolution effectively ending the county's contract with the Central Tax Bureau (CENTAX) tax collection agency as of the end of the second fiscal quarter.
The announcement comes following ongoing difficulties with CENTAX, including payments and returns unaccounted for and the company failing to distribute collected earned income tax (EIT) monies to local municipalities and school districts.
Discussion over updating a four-year-old control system or replacing it continued during Thursday night's Ridgway Township Municipal Authority meeting.
The township's current SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition] system, built and installed by Emerson Process in 2008, controls and monitors the tank levels and pump stations.
Emerson Process proposed a cost of about $73,900 to update the township's current system with a 90-day window of opportunity that is due to expire during the last week of August.
BOYERTOWN â€“ The Wilcox American Legion team fought until the final out but fell short in a 4-2 loss to Milton Thursday afternoon at Bear Stadium in Boyertown, a loss which eliminated Wilcox from the Pennsylvania American Legion State Tournament.
A 12-member jury delivered mostly guilty verdicts Wednesday in well over 100 individual charges against Daniel Aiello, 27, of St. Marys, stemming from a succession of camp burglaries committed in Elk, McKean, and Cameron counties between late 2010 and 2011.
The verdicts came following hours of deliberation, with the charges and jury's decision delivered individually, designated by county and camp. Some charges were listed twice on the verdict slip as Aiello was charged with burglarizing a number of camps on two separate occasions.
Like so many in Ridgway, Mary Lynne Bellottiâ€™s YMCA experiences stretch back to her early childhood. Although her home was considered to be part of Ridgway, she actually lived about 9 miles out of town. She recalls it was a treat to walk to the YMCA after school; it was a great place to swim, play games or just hang out with friends.
"You go through many stages in your life," Bellotti said, "and each stage holds its own memories."