February 29th, 2012
CLARION â€“Â Ridgway is one win from a district championship.
The Elkers' most familiar foe awaits them on Saturday.
Ridgway advanced to the District 9 Class A boys basketball championship game against Johnsonburg with a 57-40 victory over Clarion-Limestone Wednesday night at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.
The championship game is scheduled for around 8 p.m. Saturday night at Tippin Gym. Ridgway holds a 3-1 series advantage over the Rams this season.
In an effort to implement cost savings and unify 911 services, nine counties in northern Pennsylvania have teamed up to upgrade to a "Next Generation 911 Telephony System and Network."
The counties are Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Venango and Warren.
"[The counties] have worked together as one entity to create a regional network and improving technology and operations while saving costs to their individual counties," said Michael C. McGrady, the president of MCM Consulting Group out of McMurray.
ST. MARYS - With the progression of PennDOT's Million Dollar Highway project, PennDOT has begun acquiring properties adjacent to a downtown St. Marys intersection slated to be widened.
According to Marla Fannin, community relations coordinator with PennDOT District 2, the scope of the project is to "provide full-depth reconstruction of the roadway from Wal-Mart to the St. Marys Diamond," with the estimated cost being $11 million.
Included in project plans is the widening of the SR 255/ SR 120 intersection.
KERSEY â€“ Whenever Kersey resident Amy Donachy returns home, her pet, Wilbur, is there to greet her. He knows his name and even comes when she calls him.
Wilbur is not a dog, cat, or other "traditional" pet, though-- he is a pig.
Donachy, 18, explained that she first got Wilbur two years ago after wanting a pig ever since she was a little girl. When her mother finally gave in, her family looked for a pig on the Pennswoods website and found a litter near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border.
Area residents attending Saturdayâ€™s Kentucky Headhunters/Confederate Railroad concert will also be treated to the comedy stylings of St. Marys native Brad Leviski, who goes by the stage name of â€śBubba Bradley.â€ť
Leviski said he had always thought about being a comic, but never really got the opportunity until about three and a half years ago.
"I was working at a bar in Montana. I was the head bouncer. A buddy of mine knew a comic in L.A. and had him come in and do a show. They wanted somebody to warm up the crowd for five minutes and I volunteered," Leviski said.
John E. Darnell III, age 41, of 514 Cherry Ave., Ridgway, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, Feb. 29, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born May 23, 1970, in Ridgway, son of John E. Darnell Jr. and Shirley A. (Saline) Darnell.
He had resided in Ridgway for most of his life and was Protestant by faith. He was a graduate of the Elkins High School in Elkins, W. Va. He was a member of the American Legion Post 208, the VFW, and the Elks Club. He served in the U.S. Army and was a peacetime veteran. He had been employed at Metaldyne for 20 years.
Caroline M. McClain, 89, of 229 Grandview Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at the Pinecrest Manor after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 14, 1922, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Bernard and Caroline Erich Wright.
On Jan. 13, 1940, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Jay P. McClain, who preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 1994.
Mrs. McClain was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Sacred Heart School. She was a member of Queen of the World Church and enjoyed life, her family, and especially her grandchildren.
ST. MARYS â€“ In a campaign stop in St. Marys this past Friday, Congressman Glenn Thompson, who is seeking re-election as representative for Pa.'s 5th District, spoke to supporters gathered at Gunner's Restaurant and asked for their vote.
Thompson also discussed at Friday's event the expansion of his voter base as the result of recent redistricting, or reapportionment, of the Congressional 5th district by the state's legislative leaders in the Pa. House and Senate. Redistricting takes place every 10 years following the outcome of the Census.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is set to recommend that the Elk County Commissioners approve parting ways with ECS&R, the company the county has contracted with since 2006 for universal and household hazardous waste (HHW) collections, after Veolia submitted a significantly lower bid for the same services.
According to Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling/solid waste coordinator, the county stands to save around $5,000 by contracting with Veolia.
Veolia and ECS&R were the only two companies to submit bids for the services.
ST. MARYS â€“ With Lent under way and Easter quickly approaching, a group of residents from Elk Towers in St. Marys is looking to brighten the Easter season for residents at area nursing homes. The group, called The Easter Bunny and Friends, is comprised of Diane Groeger, who acts as Easter bunny and is president of the Residents' Association at Elk Towers; Kathy Oley, vice president of the Residents' Association; Judy Schaefer, secretary of the Residents' Association; Rosemary Gray; Bonnie Carnahan; Mary Hadden; and Mary Ann Mello.