May 28th, 2012
Members of area communities gathered Monday to recognize Memorial Day while honoring the nation's heroes.
Gathering at the Courthouse gazebo along Main Street in downtown Ridgway, Dr. Michael O'Brien, the superintendent of the Ridgway Area School District, was guest speaker. He shared his thoughts on the special day and also featured a pair of fifth-graders who relayed what freedom meant to them.
Ridgway Area High School held its graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.
A total of 92 students graduated from the RHS Class of 2012. Ryan Patrick McClelland was the class president and spoke about the friendships he began to develop in high school.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Memorial Day services commenced in downtown Johnsonburg Monday morning with the veteran's walk followed by services at the gazebo on the American Legion lawn.
The "Star Spangled Banner" was played by the Johnsonburg Area High School Band under the direction of Tom Pavlock.
An invocation was presented by Pastor Bob Johnson.
Johnsonburg Council Member Harriet Stahli welcomed the large crowd who gathered on hand to honor the fallen soldiers.
Thomas W. Wickett, 67, of 26037 Lake City Rd., died Saturday evening, May 26, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 20, 1944 in St. Marys, son of the late Raymond and Leona (Kenard) Wickett.
He married Virginia Lee Vantassel on June 4, 1971. She preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 1991.
Mr. Wickett had resided in Lake City for the last 19 years and was a former Ridgway resident. He was Catholic by faith. He had served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for several years. He had been employed by Penn Pallet for five years.
Jane C. Bebble Lecker, 96, of 318 John St., St. Marys, where she made her home with her daughter, and formerly of Elk Towers, died on Sunday, May 27, 2012.
She was born April 21, 1916 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Charles and Mildred Tierney Bebble.
On Nov. 8, 1941 in Sacred Heart Church, she married the late Leo F. Lecker, who preceded her in death on July 2, 1968.
ST. MARYS â€“ In honor of Memorial Day, a luminary service hosted by Elk Regional Health Center was held on Thursday night in recognition of individuals and organizations for their service to both community and country.
The evening began with a rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" sung by Betty Schogren, Rene Smith, and the Rev. Craig Duffield.
In welcoming those in attendance, Gregory P. Bauer, president and CEO of Elk Regional Health System, discussed the importance of recognizing the sacrifice of America's servicemen and women.
Events such as cookouts, family reunions, and graduation parties make Memorial Day weekend a time of revelry for many area residents.
While recycling is not likely at the forefront of most people's minds during this time, individuals still should be cognizant some of the materials that can be recycled following their holiday gatherings.
"Not only should people think about what they can recycle, they should also consider what they can re-use to reduce what goes into the trash at the end of the day," said Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling and solid waste coordinator.
Barbara Dianne (Marshall) Beers, 64, of Coquille, Ore., passed away on May 21, 2012 at her residence after a yearlong illness.
She was born June 4, 1947 in Ridgway, daughter of the late James B. Marshall and Lucille E. (Hostetlar) Marshall of DuBois, who survives.
On May 6, 1967, she married her lifelong partner, James Beers, who survives.
SHIPPENSBURG â€“ Johnsonburg's Michael Shuey wasn't able to get a gold medal last weekend at the District 9 Track and Field meet.
He made sure to add one on Friday.
Shuey won the PIAA gold medal in the javelin event with a mark of 200-1 during the first day of competition at the PIAA Track and Field Championships held at Shippensburg University.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A 2-run shot to right field from sophomore starting shortstop Cole Peterson topped off a 6-run fourth inning as the Rams toppled Smethport 10-1 in the quarterfinals of the District 9 Class A baseball playoffs.
The win elevates the Rams' pristine record to 20-0 as No.1 seed Johnsonburg prepares for a semifinal matchup Tuesday at a site and time to be determined against Elk County Catholic, seeded No. 5 with a 15-5 mark. Two of those losses came against the Rams.