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November 21st, 2011

Gerald C. “Gerry” Luchini

November 22, 2011

Gerald C. “Gerry” Luchini, 58, of Old Byrnedale Rd., Weedville, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at the Altoona Regional Health Center, as a result of injuries sustained in an October 31 trucking accident.
He was born June 12, 1953 in Kersey, son of Helen M. (Fry) Luchini and the late Francis Luchini.
He married Joan A. (Smith) on Aug. 23, 1975, and she survives.

Kenneth E. Reinard

November 22, 2011

Kenneth E. Reinard, 81, of SR 948, Highland, died late Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 at the Kane Lutheran Home after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 14, 1930 in Kane, son of the late Walter and Mary Leona (Reisinger) Reinard.
In 1969, he married Dorothy Ann Schneider, who survives.

Pennsy Station dodges wrecking ball

November 22, 2011

The Ridgway Borough Council approved a proposal Monday night which put an end to a 14-year dispute with the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad and ultimately saving the Pennsy Railroad Station from demolition.
Ridgway resident Dennis D. Heindl provided a $50,000 grant to restore the outside of the building to its original form.
According to Heindl, no tax dollars will be used for the restoration and maintenance.
"It wasn't an easy sell, but we had to do it," Heindl said. "We will have it covered for down the road and hopefully this will never come up again."

Zwald wins holiday greeting card contest

November 22, 2011

A former Make-A-Wish recipient, 11-year-old Christine Zwald of Ridgway recently won a holiday greetings card contest.
Christine is the daughter of Mike and April Zwald of Ridgway. Her drawing entitled "Little Saint Nick" was granted one of the four designs for this year’s Make-A-Wish Foundation’s holiday greeting cards.
The winning designs were chosen from dozens of submissions. All of the participating children along with Christine were previously granted wishes to go to the Walt Disney World Resort.

November 20th

New bear check station sees slow opening weekend

November 21, 2011

LAWRENCE TWP. – Numbers were down at the Lawrence Township Fire Hall bear check station this weekend compared to in past years when the check station was operated at S.B. Elliott State Park. The check station was relocated to the fire hall, which is located in Clearfield County, this year. In 2010, a total of 101 bears were processed at the station after being harvested on opening day; however, this year only 64 bears were brought to the site on Saturday, followed by three more on Sunday.

Mange a concern in region's bear population

November 21, 2011

LAWRENCE TWP. – With this year's statewide bear season under way, Pennsylvania Game Commission employees at area bear check stations are examining harvested bears for signs of mange, a skin disease caused by mites.
"Mange is the disease of greatest concern right now," said Matt Lovallo, Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Mammal Section supervisor, on Saturday afternoon at the check station in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County.
Lovallo noted that mange is not typically seen statewide, and instead is primarily affecting bears in the Northcentral and Southwest regions.

Mt. Jewett station sees high opening-day bear harvest

November 21, 2011

MT. JEWETT – If the number of bears processed over the weekend at the bear check station located at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall in McKean County is any indication, hunters are meeting with quite a bit of success in their quest to bag a bruin this year.

November 18th

PA Wilds juries new members as part of artisan trail initiative

November 19, 2011

The Pennsylvania Wilds recently brought in seven new artists and three new trail stops from the 12-and-a-half county PA Wilds region.
Ta Enos, PA Wilds Small Business Ombudsman, says the artisan trail initiative has been in place since 2003 and is a project of the PA Wilds.
“It focuses on raising profitability and promoting artists in our region,” Enos said. “The brand displays high quality products so they can be sold at a higher price, and it helps artists get their products to market.”

Gathering kicks off Holiday season

November 19, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – To kick off the holiday season, the Johnsonburg Recreation Board is sponsoring a Santa Gathering to welcome Santa on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Johnsonburg Community Center.
The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be music performed by Bells of St. Marys and the Grey Knight Drum and Bugle Corp. Games, activities, crafts and face-painting will be provided for the children. A soup, bake sale and Chinese auction will be conducted and proceeds benefit the Johnsonburg Community Center.

PA Wilds juried artist new to area

November 19, 2011

Stacie Johnson-Leske, a ceramics artist, recently relocated to the area with her husband because she was intrigued by the Pennsylvania Wilds.
“My husband and I like to do outdoorsy things for our anniversary every year,” said Johnson-Leske. “We researched the PA Wilds and found that Ridgway had both bicycle trails and kayaking. So we stayed at a bed and breakfast in St. Marys and visited Ridgway.”
Able to create her art anywhere, Johnson-Leske had made the transition to Ridgway.

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