July 21st, 2011
The Ridgway Heritage Council will present the sixth annual 'Tasting in the Wilds' festival this Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at the Firemen's Grounds along Route 219 in Ridgway.
The festival offers a great opportunity for patrons to sample beverages from eight local wineries and an even larger selection of beers from breweries such as Otto's Pub and Brewery out of State College, Erie-based Erie Brewing Company, Straub Brewery of St. Marys and more.
With a tasting ticket, participants can sample beers by Troegs Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Samuel Adams and many others.
During Monday night's borough council meeting, Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki reported that the restoration project for the Aiello Building at 205 Main Street in Ridgway, is running according to schedule.
"They are actually on schedule or a little ahead because of the dry weather that we have been having," Bogacki said. "Once they get the roof, windows and building contained they will have their own power source. Right now, they are focusing on the structure."
Bogacki noted that the target date for the building to be structurally sound was projected at six months.
Charles J. Yale, age 63, of 156 Egypt Rd., Brockway, July 20, 2011, at U.P.M.C. - Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Dec. 26, 1947, in DuBois, son of Velma Yale Holman.
He married Jane Delp on July 7, 1973, she survives.
He was methodist by faith and was a member of both the Brockway and Warsaw Tonwship Sportsmens Clubs. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served during the Vietnam Era
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He was retired and was a Boiler Maker for Local 154.
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KANE â€“ Ken VanGiesen always has been a soldier's soldier.
He earned this distinction by his attention to detail in every assignment he was ever given as a 12-year member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
VanGiesen, the 30-year-old son of Tom and Sue VanGiesen of 137 Lincoln St., Kane, died Monday when an "improvised explosive device (IED)"Â exploded on a convoy near Bagram in eastern Afghanistan. Two other soldiers riding in the same vehicle also were killed in the explosion. Five others were wounded.
WILCOX â€“ Manager Jeff Allio from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership [RCAP] out of Meadville evaluated the Jones Township Municipal Authority's rate structure Wednesday night during a board meeting.
RCAP's goal is to help small, rural communities that are seeking to build, maintain or expand their water and wastewater infrastructure by providing training in the financial, managerial and operational areas of water and wastewater systems.
Louis J. DiIulio, age 84, of Sixth Avenue, Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center of St. Marys after a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 12, 1926 in Keystone, son of Armundo and Viola (Cherry) DiIulio, both deceased. He married Carrie (Beer), she predeceased him in 1990.
He attended Johnsonburg schools and served in the Army during World War II in Company B, 864th Engineer Aviation Battalion. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, WWII Victory Ribbon and Army Occupation Medal (Japan).
The Wilcox American Legion baseball team lost 15-7 to French Creek Valley at the Region 8 Tournament in Saegertown Tuesday.
The loss eliminates Wilcox from the tournament. Wilcox finished with a 2-2 record at the tournament this season after capturing the Elk County League title with a best-of-three series win over St. Marys.
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Ken VanGiesen never had any regrets about his decision to join the Pennsylvania Army National Guard after graduating from Kane Area High School in 1999.
"If I had it to do over again, I still would do it," VanGiesen told The Kane Republican in 2005 before the firstÂ of his two deployments in Iraq. "I'm proud to be able to do it."
This brave and loyal American lost his life Monday while serving with a National Guard unit in Afghanistan.
Janet Marie Trunzo, 61, of DuBois passed away peacefully with her friends at her side on Sunday evening, July 10, 2011.
Janet was born on Sept. 28, 1949. She was adopted by Clarence and Geneva (Shoch) Fields.
She was employed with DuFast Transit until 2008. Janet enjoyed bowling, softball, shooting pool, and spending time with her friends.
Surviving are her adopted brother, John; eight nieces and two nephews; and close friends Carolyn, Mertz, Chrissy, Jodi, April, Marian, Cora, Linda, Victoria, Lisa, KiKi and Christine.
Officials from the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] attended Tuesday morning's Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting to again reiterate the fact that the sale of the Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] to the county features no spending of county tax dollars of any kind.
"When ITEC was built in 1997 or 1998, a bond issue was taken out," said Jim Chorney, director of finances for the commission. "The bond issue was backed by Jefferson and Elk counties.