February 4th, 2014
The Elk County Council on the Arts, better known as ECCOTA, is kicking off its 30th anniversary with their upcoming Annual Gala, set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway complete with a Dueling Piano show, a dueling artist event, prize drawing, new dessert auction and an award presentation.
"They are a blast. They're very entertaining and fun," Abbi Peters, ECCOTA executive director said of the returning piano tandem. "We will be doing other activities at the gala as this is our largest fundraiser of the year."
With the support of a $150,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Discovered in PA, Developed in PA grant program (D2PA), the Community Education Council (CEC) has partnered up with the region's chambers of commerce, the North Central Workforce Investment Board, and local schools and employers.
The Elk County Courthouse will have a single point of entry starting March 1.
The commissioners reported on Tuesday that the only entrance available for use, which also is handicap-accessible, will be the courthouse behind the building and in front of the Elk County Prison.
Edith Marie DeStefano, 94, of Savoy, Ill., formerly of Williamsport, died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at Carle Hospital, Urbana. She was surrounded by her family and devoted caregivers.
Edith was born Feb. 25, 1919 in Kersey daughter of Benjaminio and Erminia Morelli Carlini. She married John Angelo DeStefano on Nov. 25, 1948 in Ridgway.
A pressing defense helped Johnsonburg girls basketball overcome a halftime deficit and take a 35-26 victory over Ridgway Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Ridgway led 15-11 at halftime.
ST. MARYS â€“Â The Elk County Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys, is currently seeking bids for new flooring within the recycling center. Quotes have been collected to do the repairs with the latest quote figuring $11,900 from Bill Kinkead, a contractor operating out of Ridgway. However, Elk County Solid Waste Authority officials are hopeful members of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission will be able to help offset a portion of the costs.
An initiative championed by the Elk County Veterans' Affairs office to reach out to area military members serving outside the continental United States has been a resounding success.
The office started with just three individuals announced in a Dec. 5 article but since then, the list has ballooned to 11.
"The donations have been coming in and we had some collection sites set up," said Leslie Neal, director of Elk County Veterans' Affairs. "The people have been very generous and we haven't even put out the bulk of our collection bins."
Robert Paul Anderson, 54, of St. Marys died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Born in Ridgway, Robert was the son of the late Rodger and Mary Anderson.
Robert graduated from Ridgway Area High School in 1977, working most of his life as a logger and a forester. He loved fishing, the outdoors, dogs, baseball and most of all, his family.
He is survived by four children, Daniel, Dana, Cole and Megan.
James Berton Frederick, 80, of McCullough Avenue, Brockway, died Saturday, Feb. 1 at his residence.
Born July 31, 1933 in Smicksburg, he was the son of the late Willis and Esther S. Davis Frederick. He was married to Betty Marie Raybuck and she died in 1988. He then married JoAnna M. Miller and she survives.
James was protestant by faith. He enjoyed gardening and hunting. He was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran where he served on the U.S.S. Wasp. Retired, James worked as a laborer/foreman in multiple manufacturing facilities over the years.
Marie T. DeGroat, 84, of Grant Road, Ridgway, died Jan. 30, 2014, at Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility.
She was born March 18, 1929, in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Robert DeGroat and Irene Moore.
She was a lifelong Ridgway resident.
She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the St. John of God Society. She had been employed at Alltel for 42 years, retiring in 1991.