November 14th, 2011
James O. Auman, 91, of 352 Church Street, St. Marys, died at his home on Friday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2011 surrounded by his family following a short illness.
He was born Feb. 23, 1920 in St. Marys, a son of the late John R. and Genevieve Dippold Auman.
On May 16, 1945 in Pawling, N.Y., he married the late Edna M. "Snooky" Dippold Auman, his loving wife of more than 66 years who preceded him in death one week before on Nov. 4, 2011.
Judith Ann Rhines Nagel, 75, of Hickory Street, Johnsonburg, died on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness. She had recently been living with her daughter-in-law, Susan L. Rhines, in St. Marys.
She was born Feb. 16, 1936 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Roland Akers and Idabelle (Lynch) Akersâ€“Willow.
She married Francis H. Rhines Jr. in 1955. He died in 1984. She married her second husband, Gerald C. Nagel, in 1992. He died in 2011.
WILCOX â€“ Tracie Pretak, owner of Grace Notes Studio in Wilcox, teaches piano and voice lessons to students ranging from five to adult.
Pretak held a Pro Concert Series to showcase the talents of Kathryn Polaski, Bailey Pretak and herself. Pretak developed the series so Polaski could become adept at performing difficult pieces in front of a crowd.
â€śI want to develop Kathrynâ€™s talent as much as possible because I believe she will do something with music in the future,â€ť Pretak said. â€śKathryn was born to do this. The only thing standing in the way of a career is herself.â€ť
CLARION â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Crusader football squad saw their season come to an end on Friday evening as the team fell to the Clarion Bobcats 22-20 in the opening round of the Class A District 9 playoffs. The Crusaders dominated the first half of the game, leading 20-0 at halftime before allowing the Bobcats to score 22 unanswered points during their second-half rally.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The recent change to the bus routes at the Johnsonburg Area School District continues to alarm parents.
Several concerned parents attended Thursday night's Board of Director's meeting voicing their concern.
Concerned parent Diane Jundzilo of Johnsonburg asked the board if there has been any recent changes made since October's meeting.
"Have you done anything in regards to changing the routes," asked Jundzilo. "Just because there is not a pile of parents here does not mean they do not know what's going on."
Lloyd B. Gray Sr., age 81, of Jefferson Street, Byrnedale, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 11, 1930 in Sheffield, son of Lloyd Byron â€śChizzyâ€ť Gray and Jane (Wilt) Gray, deceased.
A graduate of Bennettâ€™s Valley High School, Class of 1950, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1959 attaining the Rank of First Class Ship Fitter. He had visited 31 foreign Ports in his Navy career aboard the USS Bristol and the USS Yellowstone.
Students, faculty, government officials, friends and veterans got to see a different side of Dr. Michael O'Brien, Ridgway's first-year superintendent, Thursday morning during a Veterans Day ceremony.
O'Brien, a veteran of the United States Air Force, was humbled by the chance to speak Thursday as he spoke of the importance of being a veteran and just how exclusive that club is.
The Veterans Day exhibit's grand opening is today, with the showcase running through Dec. 2 at the Elk County Historical Society's Robinson Museum along Center Street in Ridgway.
For Mary Kalinowski, executive director of the Elk County Historical Society, the exhibit was a way to recognize the area's veterans and display local memorabilia.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District held a special assembly Thursday morning in the high school auditorium to recognize their veterans.
"We gather to honor our veterans who served our country each and every day," said superintendent Dennis Crotzer. "I acknowledge their willingness to serve so we can enjoy freedom. The sacrifices they have made in their service is greatly appreciated."
The special guests were recognized following the Pledge of Allegiance and playing of the National Anthem by the high school band.
Jesse P. DeVittorio, 84, of 11 South Broad St., Ridgway, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at his residence.
He was born May 23, 1927, in Ridgway, the son of the late Dominic and Josephine Monago DeVittorio.
Mr. DeVittorio was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the Ridgway Knights of Columbus. He was a graduate of St. Leo's High School and he was a regular at Joeyâ€™s Bakery Breakfast Club.