November 14th, 2011
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Willis "Bill" Simon was involved in many civic organizations, including the Johnsonburg Chamber of Commerce, Johnsonburg Area Development Organization, president of the Johnsonburg Area Health Center Advisory Board, the Johnsonburg Welfare Chest, the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, and many more.
He especially loved Rotary International. He was a three-time Paul Harris Fellow and had 48 years of perfect attendance, and was the chairman of the annual Rotary Multi-phasic Blood Analysis Program for many years.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council approved the tentative 2012 budget and tax schedule during Monday afternoon's meeting.
Next year's budget is projected as $1,801,811.
According to borough manager Mary Polaski, there will be no tax increase. The budget includes an average three-percent raise to employees and hospitalization is projected at 1.9 percent.
"Other than that everything else pretty much stays the same," Polaski said.
Polaski said the millage for the 2012 tax schedule will remain the same as 2011.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Borough of Johnsonburg, Johnsonburg Chamber of Commerce and the Johnsonburg Rotary Club held a special ceremony Monday afternoon along Market Street to dedicate two benches; one in honor of Louis "Lulu" Cherry and the other to Willis "Bill" Simon.
Cherry married Nancy (Grunthaner) Cherry. He lived all of his life in Johnsonburg and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1954. He worked for Johnsonburg Borough for 40 years, retiring in 2009 as Street Supervisor. He was a member of Central Hose Company.
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution for their solicitor to file a Notice of Intervention concerning a tax assessment appeal filed by Metaldyne Sintered Products currently pending in the Court of Common Pleas.
According to finance manager Brent Rhoads, Metaldyne appealed their tax assessment concerning both the Ridgway and St. Marys properties.
Rhoads said their appraisal could mean a loss to the school district of about $30,000 per year.
Rhoads said the Board of Appeals has rejected their appeal against Elk County.
James O. Auman, 91, of 352 Church Street, St. Marys, died at his home on Friday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2011 surrounded by his family following a short illness.
He was born Feb. 23, 1920 in St. Marys, a son of the late John R. and Genevieve Dippold Auman.
On May 16, 1945 in Pawling, N.Y., he married the late Edna M. "Snooky" Dippold Auman, his loving wife of more than 66 years who preceded him in death one week before on Nov. 4, 2011.
Judith Ann Rhines Nagel, 75, of Hickory Street, Johnsonburg, died on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness. She had recently been living with her daughter-in-law, Susan L. Rhines, in St. Marys.
She was born Feb. 16, 1936 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Roland Akers and Idabelle (Lynch) Akersâ€“Willow.
She married Francis H. Rhines Jr. in 1955. He died in 1984. She married her second husband, Gerald C. Nagel, in 1992. He died in 2011.
WILCOX â€“ Tracie Pretak, owner of Grace Notes Studio in Wilcox, teaches piano and voice lessons to students ranging from five to adult.
Pretak held a Pro Concert Series to showcase the talents of Kathryn Polaski, Bailey Pretak and herself. Pretak developed the series so Polaski could become adept at performing difficult pieces in front of a crowd.
â€śI want to develop Kathrynâ€™s talent as much as possible because I believe she will do something with music in the future,â€ť Pretak said. â€śKathryn was born to do this. The only thing standing in the way of a career is herself.â€ť
CLARION â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Crusader football squad saw their season come to an end on Friday evening as the team fell to the Clarion Bobcats 22-20 in the opening round of the Class A District 9 playoffs. The Crusaders dominated the first half of the game, leading 20-0 at halftime before allowing the Bobcats to score 22 unanswered points during their second-half rally.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The recent change to the bus routes at the Johnsonburg Area School District continues to alarm parents.
Several concerned parents attended Thursday night's Board of Director's meeting voicing their concern.
Concerned parent Diane Jundzilo of Johnsonburg asked the board if there has been any recent changes made since October's meeting.
"Have you done anything in regards to changing the routes," asked Jundzilo. "Just because there is not a pile of parents here does not mean they do not know what's going on."
Lloyd B. Gray Sr., age 81, of Jefferson Street, Byrnedale, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 11, 1930 in Sheffield, son of Lloyd Byron â€śChizzyâ€ť Gray and Jane (Wilt) Gray, deceased.
A graduate of Bennettâ€™s Valley High School, Class of 1950, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1959 attaining the Rank of First Class Ship Fitter. He had visited 31 foreign Ports in his Navy career aboard the USS Bristol and the USS Yellowstone.