August 24th, 2011
Homer C. Wolfe Jr., age 62, Powers Avenue, Johnsonburg, died at home, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, after a short illness.
He was born Oct. 8, 1948, in Ridgway, son of Homer C. Helen M. (Fitch) Wolfe Sr., deceased.
He married Arlean M. (Roessler) in June of 2009, she survives in Berlin Center, Ohio.
A graduate of Johnsonburg High School, he served for three years as a Marine in Vietnam. He retired from the State Police Agency of Oklahoma state and in 2005 retired as a Sergeant from the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He worked locally as a driver for ATA for six years.
Robert M. Harriger, 95, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away Aug. 23, 2011.Â
Robert was preceded in death by his grandson, Robert Zilcosky.Â He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Edith Harriger; two daughters, Judith Thorwart (Fredrick) and Patricia Zilocosky; eight grandchildren, Deborah Thorwart, Barbara Tilley, Denis Fisher, Craig Zilcosky, Danielle Warren, Robyn Carter, Leslie Miller, and Danay Harvey; and 18 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, Fla., at 1 pm. www.ott-laughlin.com.
Lois J. Bryndel, 82, of 126 Elk Ave., Ridgway, died Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born August 10, 1929, in Ridgway, the daughter of the late William B. and Florence C. Hathorn Wagoner.
She married James E. Bryndel, who predeceased her on February 22, 2004.
She had been a lifelong Ridgway resident and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. She was a longtime hospital volunteer and she attended many prayer groups. She especially enjoyed going out to eat with her family and friends.
Warren Hollertz, a local pastor with over 50 years invested in the area, is set to soon leave the area for a retirement community in Allison Park located outside of Pittsburgh to the north.
A mainstay and community leader throughout his half-century tenure in the area, Hollertz enjoyed an hour-long meeting Monday morning at Joey's Bakery alongside fellow volunteers who keep the Ridgway Meals on Wheels program turning through the years. The popular pastor was not at a loss for words when describing his love for the program, volunteerism, and the area itself.
According to statistics gathered over the years, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths for children ages 2 through 12 in the United States; every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
The Elk County Commissioners yesterday adopted a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety Week.
The Ridgway Elkers earned a 3-stroke win Tuesday over visiting Elk County Catholic at Laurel Mill Golf Course.
ECC's Elliott Struble carded a 39 for the visiting Crusaders to take medalist honors but consistent scoring by the Elkers' top five earned the win.
Ridgway junior Josh Mitchell was the low round for the home team with 42; he was followed by senior Jordan Lundin with a 43. Ridgway sophomore Mitchell Gilmore followed with a 44 while senior Aaron Sorge, in his second season with the team, and freshman T.J. Schlimm fired a pair of 45s for a team score of 219.
The Ridgway Ambulance hosted a First Responders program to better prepare high school students for a career in the medical field.
The program sprung from a grant written through the North Central Workforce Investment Board [NCWIB] by the Penn State Cooperative Extension 4-H program, Appalachian Arts Studio, Elk County Council on the Arts [ECCOTA] and the Ridgway Area School District.
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine has begun deploying data loggers into watersheds to gather baseline data for the Elk County Monitoring Project.
"At this time, five data loggers are deployed, with the sixth going in stream [today]," Bonfardine said during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting.
The Ridgway YMCA recently held another successful Summer Camp by having a cookout last week at Bendigo State Park.
"We received a donation from the RHS [Ridgway High School] Alumni Association a couple months ago," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA, "and I knew exactly what I was going to do with the donation, give it back to the kids."
Each camper received a YMCA backpack with back to school supplies. The kids were excited to receive the backpacks and we were happy that the YMCA was able to give the backpacks and supplies to them. Â
Ernest T. Oldani, 72, of Ridgway, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born April 17, 1939 in Coal Hollow, son of the late Tanny and Bruna Pelleschi Oldani.
He married Marion A. Mendat, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a 1957 graduate of Ridgway Area High School. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, Ridgway Elks and Kersey Eagles. He was employed for 42 years at Powder Metal Products, Inc. in St. Marys as a machinist/foreman.