March 14th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“ The St. Marys City Police Department reported responding to a suspicious person report near Kerner Avenue and Louis Street at approximately 8:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. The report indicated that the subject in question might be in the possession of a handgun. According to police, city and area law enforcement officials conducted an investigation while area schools and Elk Regional Health Center went into lockdown. City police are continuing their investigation into this incident, and anyone with information is asked to contact police at 781-1315.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Catholic High School recently held its annual induction ceremony for the National Honor Society, this year welcoming 30 new members into the organization.
In addition to maintaining a certain grade point average, inductees also had to meet specific criteria related to leadership, service, and character.
BROCKPORT â€“ Scholarship applications are available at the Horton Township Municipal Building for any graduating high school seniors pursuing a post-high school education in all fields of study.
The $500 scholarship funded by the Elk County Association of Township Officials is given away every year, according to Horton Township Supervisor Jeff Johnson.
Secretary Dennis Thompson suggests for parents who have a child planning on enrolling in college to come by and pickup an application.
"It sure helps out," said township auditor Dan Lines. "It will help out with covering the cost of books."
Fiorina Aiello, age 78, of 221 Mill St., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday afternoon, March 14, 2012, at the Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College following a lengthy illness.
She was born April 29, 1933 in Reggio Calabria, Cannolo, Italy, daughter of the late Antonio and Maria Staltare Siciliano. On Oct. 11, 1958, in Welland, Ontario, Canada, she married Carmen Aiello; he preceded her in death Nov. 20, 2004.
Ray E. Lewis, age 89, of 1470 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died early Tuesday morning, March 13, 2012, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 23, 1922, in Ridgway, son of the late Charles H. and Josephine (Greeley) Lewis. He married Flora A. Bobenrieth on April 1, 1977; she survives.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of the American Legion Post #208. Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to garden. He served in the U.S. Army and was a WWII veteran. He had been a self-employed truck driver for Lewis Trucking for 52 years.
CLARION â€“Â With March Madness just around the corner, Ridgway boys basketball is in an Elite Eight of its own.
Ridgway advanced to the state quarterfinals with a 73-50 victory over Kennedy Catholic Tuesday night in the PIAA Class A boys basketball second round held at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.
"Survive and advance, that's the old NCAA motto," Ridgway coach Anthony Allegretto said. "We just take it one game at a time and hopefully we can extend this season."
CLARION â€“ The Johnsonburg Rams had plenty of opportunities to make an improbable comeback after facing a deficit for most of the game as West Middlesex needed two overtime periods to fend off the Rams in a 50-45 double-overtime win.
West Middlesex outscored the Rams 9-4 in the second overtime session to secure the win in the second round of the Class A state playoffs.
Lunch prices at the Ridgway Area School District are expected to increase about 15 to 20 cents per lunch at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
Finance Manager Brent Rhoads reported attending conference concerning the inevitable increase during Tuesday night's regular board meeting.
"We are basically going to be forced to increase lunch prices for paid students," Rhoads said. "Eventually they want the paid students to equal what we get for free lunches, but for next year it looks like there will be an increase in the high school, middle school and elementary school."
ST. MARYS â€“ Several area residents have once again teamed up to raise money for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Not only is the second annual Bunny Hop 5K scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 7 at Benzinger Park in St. Marys, but Carly Frank is also competing in the Maurices Main Street Model Search. Any proceeds raised will benefit The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Margaret M. "Rita" Repko, 89, of the Lutheran Home at Kane, formerly of 902 Burning Well Rd., Wilcox, died early Tuesday morning on March 13, 2012 at the Lutheran Home at Kane following a lengthy illness.
She was born on Dec. 29, 1922 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Frank and Maria Lopreiti Serianni Colosimo.
On May 15, 1950 in the Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, she married Frank W. Repko Sr. He died on Aug. 16, 2007.
Mrs. Repko resided in Kane for the past year. She was formerly of Wilcox.