November 8th, 2011
Republican Janis E. Kemmer reportedly took the third seat Tuesday as she upset incumbent Democrat Ronald T. Beimel in a closely-contested election for one of three Elk County commissioner seats.
"I am in awe," Kemmer said in a telephone interview late Tuesday night. "I'm very honored, truly blessed, and I'm very humbled by the voters.
"I will do my very best to represent the voters."
With all 33 precincts reporting, Kemmer held an unofficial lead of 133 votes over Beimel with 30 write-in votes unverified as of press time. Kemmer garnered a reported 3,099 votes.
The Ridgway Area School District's Board of Directors approved a four-year administrative compensation plan during Tuesday night's meeting.
The new contract will increase the administration's salaries by six percent over four years, beginning July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016.
Raises will increase by a half percent the first year. The second and third year will each increase by two percent and the final year of the contract will increase by one and a half percent.
This yearâ€™s November and December performances by the Elk County Concert Choir will be showcasing a unique take on traditional Christmas carols.
Along with the expertise of Principal Director Gloria Almquist-Shull, fellow choir members Lois Sadley, Co-Director, and Rita Ordiway, Accompanist, strategically selected the "Tapestry of Light: a Celtic Christmas Celebration "for their upcoming Christmas season showings.
Jason R. Warmbrodt, 37, of 202 1/2 Willow St., Johnsonburg, died Monday evening, Nov. 7, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 14, 1974 in Ridgway, son of Richard A. Warmbrodt and the late Darcy S. Robuck Warmbrodt Schneider.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life, graduating from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1992.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Church. He was also employed by Eastern Sintered Alloys in St. Marys for the past 14 years.
Dennis M. Rakieski, 61, of 951 German Settlement Rd., Ridgway, passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center, as the result of a logging accident.
He was born June 14, 1950, in Ridgway, the son of Alex and Ida Schmiedel Rakieski. On Aug. 21, 1971, he married Marcelyn Withrow, she survives. Mr. Rakieski was a lifelong Ridgway resident. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Ridgway Sportsmens Club. He graduated from Ridgway Area High School, Class of 1968 and from Williamsport Area Community College in 1970. He was a self-employed logger.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk-Cameron Board of Realtors recently gifted the Bodien family of Ridgway with various household goods to replace items destroyed in an Aug. 13 house fire at their Fremont Avenue home.
Two brothers charged in a string of camp burglaries that stretched across Elk, Cameron, and McKean counties were seen in a pre-trial conference Monday before Judge Richard Masson at the Elk County Courthouse.
Daniel Anthony Aiello, 26, of Johnsonburg, and Mark Paul Kimes Aiello, 19, of Hazelhurst, are being charged with 132 counts of burglary and 32 counts of criminal mischief each.
Alyce J. Bowers, age 73, of 224 Cook Ave., Ridgway, died early Monday morning, Nov. 7, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home follow a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 14, 1938 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Burton (Bud) and Ruth E. (Gier) Blair. She married Roger K. Bowers on July 1, 1961, he survives. She had resided in Ridgway for the last nine years and was a former Vineland, N.J. resident.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg soccer celebrated its season with a banquet at Johnsonburg Area Elementary School Sunday afternoon.
The Rams finished with a 2-16 record this season, scoring 20 goals and allowing 66 goals. The goals allowed total ended up being 10 less than last season.
Kyle Sheldon led the Rams with 11 goals this season. Luke Shreffler had four and Caleb Hefright had two. Zebb Zilcosky, Tommy Imbrogno and Devon Zilcoski each had one. Sheldon has 24 career goals and head coach Lance Rezmerski said that mark would be good for a mark of fourth place.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Bill Warmbrodt of Johnsonburg has been practicing photography since he was a kid.
Warmbrodt says his hobby began when his grandmother passed and he inherited her photographs.
â€śI always remember my grandmother carrying around an old two-lens camera,â€ť said Warmbrodt. â€śHer and her sisters would travel all over the state and to New York. And when she passed I inherited all of her photographs.â€ť
Since then, Warmbrodt has been involved in photography. Warmbrodt is a self-taught photographer and has learned along the way. He says he loves every aspect of photography.