August 1st, 2011
David P. Smith, 55 of, Hemlock Street, Kane, died on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at his home following a long illness.
He was born on November 17, 1955 in St. Marys, the son of the late William F. and Jane Krug Smith. On March 8,1986, in St. Leoâs Church in Ridgway, he married Mary Yonker, who survives.
He attended schools in St. Marys and had resided in St. Marys and Eldred before moving to Kane in 2006.
The third annual Ridgway YMCA Kids Triathlon was held July 30 with 14 triathletes participating. Based at the Ridgway YMCA, the event consisted of swimming, biking, and running. The swim leg was held in the YMCA pool, and the bike and run legs were held on nearby streets. The transition area for T1 (swim to bike) and T2 (bike to run) was located behind the former Ridgway Armory building.
The First Lutheran Church at 215 Cook Ave. received a strong turnout for this year's vacation bible school.
For the second year in a row, the Bethlehem Lutheran Church teamed up with the First Lutheran Church at 331 South St. to put on a rock n' roll themed religious experience for the children designed by Christian musical group The Go Fish Guys.
ST. MARYS â A new baler is at the top of Elk County Recycling Coordinator Bekki Titchner's wish list for the Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. Titchner recently submitted an application to the Stackpole Hall Foundation requesting a grant to help cover the cost of the new equipment.
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Ken VanGiesen would be proud of his Kane community for the patriotism shown Thursday during his funeral procession from Kane Area High School to his final resting place at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow.
Along the entire route, children and adults waved American flags and held signs to salute their hero, who was killed earlier this month while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
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KANE â Itâs been a painful and agonizing 10-period for the families of Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen and Erin Sirianni of Kane.
The Pennsylvania Army National Guard has provided âcasualty officersâ to serve both the family of the soldier killed in Afghanistan July 18 and the family of his longtime girlfriend. VanGiesen, who is being laid to rest today at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow, lived together with Sirianni in their own house in Mill Creek Township near Erie.
ST. MARYS â The West Creek Wetland Learning Center located along West Creek Road in St. Marys has undergone major improvements to its landscape making for a more enjoyable educational experience.
"We have been spending a lot of time out there this past month," said watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine.
The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the Learning Center ready for its grand opening on Sept. 28.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Barry J. Schoch made a conference call Wednesday morning to board members at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] to discuss possibilities handed down from the governor's funding advisory commission.
The funding advisory commission was reportedly formed to study various transportation issues plaguing the state, including new ways to fund the many transportation needs of the commonwealth.
Lawrence F. Serafini, 67, of 101 N. Mill St., Ridgway, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born February 20, 1944, in Ridgway, the son of the late Benny and Mary Cantafio Serafini Sr.
He had lived most of his life in Ridgway. Larry enjoyed bowling. He had been employed at Clarion Sintered Metals for 40 years, retiring in 2006.
James J. Eozzo, 83, of Napimo, Calif., died Wednesday, July 27, 2011at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born March 24,1928, son of the late Nicholas and Vencheniza Condello Eozzo.
He resided in Johnsonburg, where he attended school. Later, he moved to California.
He was self-employed with EZO Pumping in California.
He enjoyed golfing, gambling and being with his family and friends.