January 29th, 2012
The Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce provides a wide variety of benefits to its members.
Many businesses and individuals in the area may be unaware of the promotional opportunities it provides.
For instance, through membership, an organization called "Chamber Choice" can provide low-cost health insurance to members who may not otherwise have the option.
Irma Maria Chirillo, 84, of 501 Market St., Johnsonburg, died Saturday evening, Jan. 28, 2012 at DuBois Nursing home in DuBois following a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 19, 1928 in Colosimi Province of Cosenza, Italy, the daughter of the late Mario and Rosa Colosimi Pastore. On Oct. 4, 1949, in Motta Santa Lucia, Italy, she married Victor F. Chirillo, who survives.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling squad picked up a pair of victories over the Johnsonburg Rams and Sheffield Wolverines during a tri-meet at SMAHS on Saturday morning. The Dutch defeated the Rams 72-12 and beat the Wolverines 59-9. Sheffield also picked up a 48-18 victory over Johnsonburg.
BROOKVILLE â€“ A hung jury sentenced former Emporium resident Stephen P. Rebert to life in prison for the shooting deaths of Brockway residents Wayne and Vicki Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010 in their Coal Tipple Road home.
The jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the death penalty, which was being sought by District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett. Eight jurors were for the death penalty and four for life, an automatic sentence of life in prison.
Despite increasing difficulty with staying physically active due to constraints associated with winter conditions, the Ridgway YMCA continues to make leaps and bounds.
"This time of the year it is hard to stay active due to our winter conditions," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "There is no better way than to come and swim in our 86-degree pool.Â For more than 100 years the YMCA has been teaching people to swim."
The Cheer Xplosion competition cheerleading squad has been a part of the Ridgway YMCA since 2001.
"Our caring and understanding coaches have made this program a success," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "Each year between 45 and 60 girls dedicate themselves to representing the Ridgway YMCA at competitions throughout Pennsylvania and New York.
"Through the years our mini squad has become our junior squad and then onto our senior squad."
With inconsistent and differing schedules plaguing families across the country, the Ridgway YMCA steps up to the play with their childcare center which is "home for many children" every day.
"We offer a complete before school, after school and all day child care program," said Shawna Steger, childcare director. "We take pride in being able to offer our children a complete preschool curriculum.
"It is important that we provide them with the tools that they will need to get them ready for kindergarten."
The Ridgway YMCA has another new program with the addition of the teen BodyPump program.
Chris Gilmore is a certified instructor for Les Mills BodyPump.
"BodyPump is an original barbell class that strengthens your entire body," Gilmore said.
When it was brought to YMCA officials' attention that there was a need for a teen fitness class, Gilmore offered to teach a scaled down version of her original class, according to Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusader boys' basketball squad faced off against the Johnsonburg Rams for the third time this season Friday evening, and for the third time they came away with a loss. Unlike their three-point loss in the opening-round contest of the Elk County Boys' Basketball Holiday Tournament, though, the Rams outplayed the Crusaders on Friday, outscoring them 45-23 over the final three quarters to take a 58-36 victory.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ In a tale of two halves Friday night, Elk County Catholic (13-2) pulled off a double-whammy by clinching the Allegheny Mountain League [AML] North Division and halting a 7-game winning streak by Johnsonburg (9-6) with a 52-29 road win.
The Lady Crusaders were fueled by Kristy Hanes' double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, including seven straight points in 34 seconds in the fourth quarter that put the game away for good. Hanes scored 11 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter during a 2-minute stretch to secure the game.