March 23rd, 2012
With gas prices nearing or topping $4 per gallon across the country, the financial strain placed on individuals and small businesses alike is worsening. With the rising price of gasoline slowing the economic recovery of industries, the commercial transport industry has been among the hardest hit. Commercial transport companies are treading on uncertain ground as fuel prices threaten their bottom lines and squeeze their profit margins.
Colonel Charles â€śChuckâ€ť William Stover, Jr., 77, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Hospice House in Williamsburg, Va. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret (Peggy); his children, Brian, Chuck, and Margaret; his six brothers and sisters, Garold, Eudora, Karen, Bob, Cheryl, and John; and his grandchildren, Nathan, Rachel, Braxton, and Morgan.
Randall S. "Randy" Sicheri, age 58, of Route 219, Brockport, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 16, 1953, in DuBous, son of Henry and Donna Archibald Sicheri.
He was a member at Holy Cross Church in Brandy Camp, a member of the Brockway / Horton Township Lions Club; a lifetime member of the DuBois Area Jaycees; and was a member at the Horton Township Sportsmen's Club.
St. Marys softball pitcher Rachel Ginther had a perfect start to her season.
Ginther threw a perfect game against the Lady Elkers in an 18-0, 5-inning win over Ridgway Friday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Ginther struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced and had a stretch of five strikeouts in a row from the second until the fourth innings.
"With Rachel throwing a perfect game, you can't ask for much more," St. Marys coach Manny Gerarge said. "It's a good way to start the season."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Municipal Authority officials discussed enrolling in a demand response program with Senior Program Representative Mark Diodate of Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.out of Buffalo, N.Y. during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Demand response programs offer incentives to users who volunteer to participate by temporarily reducing their electricity usage when demand could overrun supply.
WILCOX â€“ Wilcox resident Bailey Pretak has received word that she is now in the top 100 young women finalists in the Maurices Main Street Model Search, a clothing store chain that prefers to use regular women as their models.
The winner of the contest will be featured in store advertising and receive $7,500 to donate to a charity of her choice.
Pretak, 25, previously submitted photos and an essay, and needed to earn votes from the public in order to advance to this round.
Edward P. Eukon, 72, of 938 North Broad St., Ridgway, died Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born April 4, 1939 in Ridgway, the son of the late John and Kathryn Eukon.
He married Barbara M. McAlee, who predeceased him on Sept. 25, 2009.
Mr. Eukon resided in Ridgway all of his life. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was the meat manager at the Market Basket and he also worked at Carbide Graphite as a security guard. He enjoyed painting crafts for his grandchildren.
Edward J. and Clythera S. Hornung presented a gift Tuesday morning to the Elk County Board of Commissioners: a custom-made logo made from wood.
"We noticed that pictures taken of Elk County Commissioners as part of their regular meetings showed a nondescript background with nothing to identify that they were from Elk County," the Hornungs said. "We see attractive backgrounds on television for similar photos for communities such as Altoona.
"Some local communities have a definitive background that clearly defines their location, such as Fox Township in Kersey."
The Ridgway Township Supervisors discussed the significance of Governor Tom Corbett's signing of Act 13 of 2012 into law Feb. 14 allowing for a local impact fee on natural gas wells.
According to chairman John Gardner, the county has until April 14 to enact an ordinance to levy the impact fee.
If a county chooses not to enact an ordinance, they will have until June 13 to vote to impose the fee.
According to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors [PSATS] NewsBulletin, Act 13 benefits municipalities in the Marcellus Shale Region by:
While the Ridgway YMCA offers 27 classes each week that are completely free to the facility's members, executive director Mary Lynne Bellotti said it is an even better feeling to see the members going outside the facility and making a difference.
"We have seen our class sizes stay pretty consistent and some even have a waiting list, and while it's great to see the Y so busy, it is a better feeling to see where our members are going outside our YMCA," Bellotti said. "A mother-daughter pair, Amy Matha and Breiana McKnight recently registered for the Pittsburgh Marathon.