March 14th, 2012
Ray E. Lewis, age 89, of 1470 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died early Tuesday morning, March 13, 2012, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 23, 1922, in Ridgway, son of the late Charles H. and Josephine (Greeley) Lewis. He married Flora A. Bobenrieth on April 1, 1977; she survives.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of the American Legion Post #208. Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to garden. He served in the U.S. Army and was a WWII veteran. He had been a self-employed truck driver for Lewis Trucking for 52 years.
CLARION â€“Â With March Madness just around the corner, Ridgway boys basketball is in an Elite Eight of its own.
Ridgway advanced to the state quarterfinals with a 73-50 victory over Kennedy Catholic Tuesday night in the PIAA Class A boys basketball second round held at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.
"Survive and advance, that's the old NCAA motto," Ridgway coach Anthony Allegretto said. "We just take it one game at a time and hopefully we can extend this season."
CLARION â€“ The Johnsonburg Rams had plenty of opportunities to make an improbable comeback after facing a deficit for most of the game as West Middlesex needed two overtime periods to fend off the Rams in a 50-45 double-overtime win.
West Middlesex outscored the Rams 9-4 in the second overtime session to secure the win in the second round of the Class A state playoffs.
Lunch prices at the Ridgway Area School District are expected to increase about 15 to 20 cents per lunch at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
Finance Manager Brent Rhoads reported attending conference concerning the inevitable increase during Tuesday night's regular board meeting.
"We are basically going to be forced to increase lunch prices for paid students," Rhoads said. "Eventually they want the paid students to equal what we get for free lunches, but for next year it looks like there will be an increase in the high school, middle school and elementary school."
ST. MARYS â€“ Several area residents have once again teamed up to raise money for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Not only is the second annual Bunny Hop 5K scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 7 at Benzinger Park in St. Marys, but Carly Frank is also competing in the Maurices Main Street Model Search. Any proceeds raised will benefit The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Margaret M. "Rita" Repko, 89, of the Lutheran Home at Kane, formerly of 902 Burning Well Rd., Wilcox, died early Tuesday morning on March 13, 2012 at the Lutheran Home at Kane following a lengthy illness.
She was born on Dec. 29, 1922 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Frank and Maria Lopreiti Serianni Colosimo.
On May 15, 1950 in the Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, she married Frank W. Repko Sr. He died on Aug. 16, 2007.
Mrs. Repko resided in Kane for the past year. She was formerly of Wilcox.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council voted in favor of installing additional cameras on the Johnsonburg Borough Office building to decrease blind spots on the property.
During February's regular meeting council approved the installation of a surveillance system.
"The camera systems have been installed," said Johnsonnburg Police Chief Bryan Parana. "However, there may be a need to apply some more cameras depending on the costs. This is a large building and we can only cover so much area inside and out."
The Elk County Footlighters will return to the stage this weekend with a dinner theatre production of â€śYou Canâ€™t Take it With You.â€ť
The group will be performing at Aielloâ€™s CafĂ© on North Broad Street in Ridgway on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 15 through March 17. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Footlighter member and play director Mike Ames said the comedic antics in the play will appeal to a broad audience.
Michael Biel Sr., age 82, of Millville, died on Sunday evening, March 11, 2012, a patient of Millville Health Center and under the care of Columbia Montour Home Hospice. Formerly of New Jersey and most recently Tobyhanna, he has resided in Columbia County since 2009.
Margaret A. Nearing, 96, of 1396 Burning Well Rd., Wilcox, died on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
She was born on April 20, 1915 in Wilcox, daughter of the late John and Anna Simko Pavlina.
On Nov. 4, 1933 in the Holy Cross Church in Rasselas, she married Linus J. Nearing, who died on Feb. 11, 2001.
She resided in the Wilcox area all her life and attended Wilcox schools.
Mrs. Nearing was a member of St. Anne's Church in Wilcox.