November 25th, 2011
A local father's three-year campaign of searching for answers and seeking justice in the death of his daughter led him Friday to the steps of the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway, where he spoke before news cameras and a group of concerned community members who gathered to show support for his cause.
A special ceremony was held in the Elk County Courthouse Courtroom Wednesday afternoon to swear in attorney Brittany A. Roof to the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Elk County President Judge Richard A. Masson, district attorney Bradley Kraus, Roof's family members and other members of the bar were on hand to witness Roof's admission.
Jerome T. "Jump" Hasselman, 77, of 122 Laurel Lane, Kersey, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at his residence.
He was born Dec. 29, 1933, in St. Marys, son of the late George and Anna Woelfel Hasselman.
On June 2, 1956, in the St. Mark Church in Emporium, he married Mary C. Brennan, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1951. He was the owner of the former Weigh Scale Bar in St. Marys and the Wayside Inn in Kersey and retired as an insurance inspector for MIB of Harrisburg.
Jane E. Price, 96, of DuBois, passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at the Christ the King Manor.
Born on Feb. 28, 1915 in Ridgway, she was the daughter of the late Roy B. Ely and Jane (May) Ely. She was married to Thomas F. Price; he preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1983.
She was a member of the St. Catherine of Siena Church, the Rosary-Altar Society, Christ the King Auxiliary, the DuBois Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, the Elk County Historical Society and the Legion Auxiliary.
Jane is survived by a sister, Elizabeth E. Verbeck of Ridgway and several nieces and nephews.
Raymond S. "Sparkey" Yale, 83, of Daniel Street Brockport, died November 23, 2011 at his residence.
He was born January 11, 1928 in Brockport, son of the late Eli and Bernice Sidelinger Yale. He was married on February 3, 1951 to Erma Zuccolotto. She survives.
The Ridgway Area United Community Fund has kicked off its campaign for the 2011-2012 year.
This year's goal is again $25,000 and all of the funding will go directly back to the community.
This year's benefactors are: Ridgway YMCA, Elk County Council on the Arts [ECCOTA], Ridgway Elk County Historical Society, Ridgway Public Library, Ridgway Girl Scouts, Ridgway Boy Scouts, Ridgway Baseball Association and Little League and Salvation Army.
According to Community Fund campaign chairperson Michelle Bogacki, the Community Fund has almost reached 50 percent of its goal.
Shirley Mae Bush, 84, previously of Ridgway and Sun City, Ariz., died Nov. 19, 2011, in Conneautville, Pa.
She was born April 28, 1927 in Kane, a daughter of the late George R. Anderson and Carrie Hathaway Anderson. She married William A. Bush, who preceded her in death.
The deteriorating church in Portland Mills has long been a safety issue for the residents of the small village along state Route 949 but the situation's outcome may be long from over.
"I'm going to bring it up again at the next [county] planning meeting and I've questioned it a couple of times," said Richard Wittman, supervisor and chairman of Spring Creek Township's Board of Supervisors. "There are things that we can do that [county officials] may be able to help us with."
At Tuesday's joint meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) and the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, consultant Michelle Nestor provided attendees with a draft of the Elk County solid waste management plan for review. The 10-year, comprehensive plan contains a number of recommendations and suggestions for the authority that could help it maintain current cost-effective services, expand services and increase revenue.
RIDGWAY - Three years after the death of his 30-year-old daughter to prescription drug-related complications, a Ridgway man lobbying for stricter regulations on the prescription of controlled drugs, as well as greater accountability and oversight on the part of medical personnel, is now appealing to Gov. Tom Corbett in hopes that he take up the cause.