September 12th, 2012
Donald Gruesu passed away on July 20, 2012 in Carlsbad, Calif.
He was was born on Aug. 17, 1964, in Ridgway.
Don was the middle son of Joseph and Bernice Gruesu. Donald has two brothers, Stephen Gruesu and Paul Gruesu.
Don married Patty Dwyer on Oct. 4, 1997 in Newport Beach, Calif. They have three sons, Brandon, twins Bayard and Carlson; a daughter, Mallorie, and a granddaughter, Brooke.
Ridgway girls soccer used four second-half goals to pull away from St. Marys in a 6-1 win over St. Marys Wednesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Ridgway had some good chances in the first 20 minutes but were unable to bury any of them in the back of the net. One of them included a crossing pass from Ridgway right winger Angela DeAngelo to striker Kayli Methaney in the 16th minute. Methaney was able to get a head to the ball and knocked it off the crossbar and out.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Catholic edged Ridgway boys golf, defeating the Elkers via the first tiebreaker in a match held Wednesday afternoon at Bavarian Hills Golf Course.
The two teams tied at 201 strokes with their top five scorers so the match went to the first tiebreaker which would have been the sixth-best team score. Kristy Hanes shot a 44 while Matt Aiello had a 47 which turned out to be the difference between a win and a loss.
At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force, task force chair and Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg commended the group for continuing to meet even though Marcellus Shale activity has slowed in the area and said the group will be well-prepared as a result when activity ramps up again.
SMETHPORT â€“ A man has been sentenced to life in state prison for killing a mother and her baby in Bradford in 2010.
Waide Eugene Nolf, 40, of Bradford received the sentence Tuesday when he appeared in McKean County Court before Senior Judge William Morgan of Warren.
The case had been scheduled to go trial with jury selection set to begin Tuesday in county court. However, Nolf entered a plea Monday during a pre-trial conference at the county courthouse, a court spokesman said.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Kirsten Wolfe is the newest addition to the Johnsonburg Area School District staff.
Wolfe now oversees the special education department as the Special Education Supervisor. She holds a Master of Science in Special Education from St. Bonaventure University, and a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education also from St. Bonaventure University.
Ridgway volleyball lost 3-1 (19-25, 19-25, 25-23, 12-25) to Bradford Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Ridgway was able to push the match to a fourth set with a 25-23 third set victory, the first set the Lady Owls had lost this season in four matches.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Borough Police Chief Bryan Parana reported on a string of arsons that have recently plagued the area during Monday afternoon's borough council meeting.
"We have had several arsons in the area and we have done, I believe, a very good job," Parana said. "We have questioned several people of interest in those particular offenses and we are working diligently into the conclusion of that investigation."
ST. MARYS â€“Â The Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of Erie, was on hand at Elk County Catholic High School on Monday morning to perform a rededication ceremony for the schoolâ€™s 50th anniversary.
The program began with a special Mass celebrated in the schoolâ€™s auditorium by Bishop Trautman and several other priests from throughout the area. In addition to students from all levels of the Elk County Catholic School System, other attendees included alumni from the schoolâ€™s first graduating class, as well as members of the original faculty and staff.
Leander Anthony â€śLeeâ€ť Hoffman, 89, of 107 Beech Rd., St. Marys, died on Friday, Sept.Â 7, 2012 at home after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 18, 1923, in St. Marys, son of the late Anthony C. and Marie Sporner Hoffman.
On June 26, 1948, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Betty Jane Hoffman, who died on June 11, 2011, just weeks shy of their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Lee was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Parochial School.