November 10th, 2011
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.
Elk County Catholic High School held its annual Fall Athletic Awards program on Wednesday evening in the high school auditorium to honor the school's numerous fall sports athletes.
According to Athletic Director Aaron Straub, 189 of the 272 students in grades 9-12 at ECC participated in a fall sport this year. Along with this, there were also numerous 7th and 8th grade students from the St. Marys Catholic Middle School who also contributed to the success of the school's sports teams this fall.
Since its beginning in 1950, the Ridgway Lions Club has been actively involved in supporting its community. B.H. Robb, a member of the Clearfield Lions Club and District Zone Chairman, initially pursued the possibility of organizing a Ridgway charter. On April 27, 1950, the charter was successfully intact. Since then, the club has been pursuing many avenues of community support.
A current event the club produces is an annual magic show. John Charleson, Chairman and member for more than 20 years, says this is a major fundraiser.
BROCKPORT â€“ Sergeant Steve Daniel of the Ridgway-based state police attended Wednesday night's Horton Township Board of Supervisors meeting to address any concerns within the township.
"Things have been pretty calm relatively speaking," Daniel said. "There have been some traffic crashes and that is to be expected."
Daniel reported receiving speeding complaints.
Joseph A. Renaud, 84, of 506 Sheridan Ave., Ridgway, died early Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2011, at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 26, 1927, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph E. and Eva (Weis) Renaud.
He married Clementine M. Fabiano on Feb. 7, 1948 in St. Leo Catholic Church in Ridgway, and she preceded him in death on April 26, 1998.
Kenneth W. Parks, 97, of 706 Market St., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.
He was born September 1, 1914 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Norman and Anna Mabel Pond Parks.
He married Madeline Mannella on October 5, 1947 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg. She survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg his entire life and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1933.
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.