November 8th, 2011
Dennis M. Rakieski, 61, of 951 German Settlement Rd., Ridgway, passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center, as the result of a logging accident.
He was born June 14, 1950, in Ridgway, the son of Alex and Ida Schmiedel Rakieski. On Aug. 21, 1971, he married Marcelyn Withrow, she survives. Mr. Rakieski was a lifelong Ridgway resident. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Ridgway Sportsmens Club. He graduated from Ridgway Area High School, Class of 1968 and from Williamsport Area Community College in 1970. He was a self-employed logger.
ST. MARYS â The Elk-Cameron Board of Realtors recently gifted the Bodien family of Ridgway with various household goods to replace items destroyed in an Aug. 13 house fire at their Fremont Avenue home.
Two brothers charged in a string of camp burglaries that stretched across Elk, Cameron, and McKean counties were seen in a pre-trial conference Monday before Judge Richard Masson at the Elk County Courthouse.
Daniel Anthony Aiello, 26, of Johnsonburg, and Mark Paul Kimes Aiello, 19, of Hazelhurst, are being charged with 132 counts of burglary and 32 counts of criminal mischief each.
Alyce J. Bowers, age 73, of 224 Cook Ave., Ridgway, died early Monday morning, Nov. 7, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home follow a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 14, 1938 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Burton (Bud) and Ruth E. (Gier) Blair. She married Roger K. Bowers on July 1, 1961, he survives. She had resided in Ridgway for the last nine years and was a former Vineland, N.J. resident.
JOHNSONBURG â Johnsonburg soccer celebrated its season with a banquet at Johnsonburg Area Elementary School Sunday afternoon.
The Rams finished with a 2-16 record this season, scoring 20 goals and allowing 66 goals. The goals allowed total ended up being 10 less than last season.
Kyle Sheldon led the Rams with 11 goals this season. Luke Shreffler had four and Caleb Hefright had two. Zebb Zilcosky, Tommy Imbrogno and Devon Zilcoski each had one. Sheldon has 24 career goals and head coach Lance Rezmerski said that mark would be good for a mark of fourth place.
JOHNSONBURG â Bill Warmbrodt of Johnsonburg has been practicing photography since he was a kid.
Warmbrodt says his hobby began when his grandmother passed and he inherited her photographs.
âI always remember my grandmother carrying around an old two-lens camera,â said Warmbrodt. âHer and her sisters would travel all over the state and to New York. And when she passed I inherited all of her photographs.â
Since then, Warmbrodt has been involved in photography. Warmbrodt is a self-taught photographer and has learned along the way. He says he loves every aspect of photography.
ST. MARYS â Due to popular demand from area residents, Elk Regional Health Systemâs âKeepsake Programâ is offering angel Christmas tree ornaments for purchase by area residents.
Through the program, several ornaments at different price points are offered for purchase in memory of a loved one. The ornaments are displayed on trees in the lobbies of Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC) and Pinecrest Manor and may be taken home afterward.
Edna M. "Snooky" Auman, 88, of 352 Church St., died Friday afternoon, Nov. 4, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Aug. 1, 1923 in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Herbert and Mary Wolfel Dippold. On May 16, 1945, in Pawling, N.Y., she married James O. Auman, who survives.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1941. She had worked at Sylvania for five years and, along with her husband, owned Auman's Grocery Store from 1945 until retirement in 2009.
STRATTANVILLE â The Ridgway football team will go out on a winning note after a 35-0 victory over Clarion-Limestone Friday night at Clarion-Limestone High School.
The Elkers (6-4) built a 28-0 lead at halftime as the defense forced six turnovers from the Clarion-Limestone offense.
"The kids knew what was at stake here," Ridgway coach Mark Heindl said. "They wanted that winning record going in at 6-4 to end the year. These seniors went out in their final games and not only did they go 6-4 but they went out on a win and paved the way for the younger guys coming up through."
JOHNSONBURG â The Johnsonburg Rams (0-10) were locked in a heated battle late in the second quarter Friday night against visiting Keystone (3-7) before a string of miscues sent the Rams reeling in a 35-6 loss.
Down 7-0, Johnsonburg came up with a huge fumble recovery after a turnover on downs to set up shop at the Keystone 3-yard line late in the first half.