Archive - Mar 2011
RIDGWAY - A fire destroyed a 3-story building at 205 Main St. in Ridgway early Saturday morning.
WEEDVILLE â€“Â The Jay Township Supervisors recently opened, reviewed, and approved bids for the purchase of dust oil and for the dumpster that is typically located at the township building during the summer months.
Three dust oil bids were received from the following companies: HRI, Inc. at a cost of $2.21 a gallon, Vollmer Tar and Chip Inc. at a cost of $2.34 a gallon, and Jefferson Paving Corp. at a cost of $2.22 a gallon. Supervisors approved awarding the bid to HRI Inc., noting that the company has received the bid for a number of years now.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Oak Norton, a former intelligence officer for the U.S. Army and Air Force, discussed the importance of emergency preparation Saturday morning to kick off the Third Annual Preparedness Fair at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ridgway.
"It's wonderful to see that people are here [Saturday] because that proves [they're] not clueless as to what can take place," Norton said. "In Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, we only had an opportunity to do the job once and it had to be done correctly, otherwise lives would be lost and a lot of suffering would take place.
BROOKVILLE â€” An Emporium man facing charges for the double murder of a Snyder Township couple last year wants a new judge for his trial, because the presiding judge resides in the same area.
Monday, Steven Patrick Rebert filed a petition in the Court of Common Pleas to have Judge John H. Foradora, who resides in Brockway, removed from the case, according to the Jeffersonian Democrat.
Foradora declined the request.
Richard J. (Dick) Bauer Jr. 83, of 14 Hauber Ave., St. Marys, died Friday, March 18, 2011 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 12, 1928 in St. Marys, son of the late Richard J. and Marie Vollmer Bauer Sr. On February 26, 1954, in Buffalo, N.Y., he married Betty Lou Colson, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys parochial schools.
He was a retired employee of the Keystone Powdered Metal Co., retiring in 1990 after 42 years of service. He was now working for the Trout Run Secondary.
Timothy L. Keyser, 45, of 203 1/2 Main St., Ridgway, died early Saturday morning at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born April 24, 1965, in Ridgway, son of Amelia M. (Thompson) Keyser.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a graduate of the Ridgway High School. He was a member of the Ridgway Eagles Club, where he had been a Trustee, and he was a member of the American Legion Post 208.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and had also served in the Pennsylvania National Guard.
He had been employed by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of DuBois.
Kane native Jason Downey has felt the effects of several earthquakes during his 3Â˝ years as a schoolteacher in Japan.
But he knew right away that the â€śbig one" that rocked the island nation eight days ago wasnâ€™t like the others.
Downey told the Kane Republican that he was in the teachersâ€™ room at his school â€śwhen the quake hitâ€ť March 11.
â€śIt was 2:46 in the afternoon,â€ť Downey said. â€śAt first, I didnâ€™t think it was a big deal. We get over 2,000 earthquakes a year and most of them are over in 10 or 20 seconds."
Several area men and women have volunteered their smiling faces and entertaining personalities to raise money for Relay for Life of Elk County, which contributes to the American Cancer Society to support people with cancer and fund research efforts.
WEEDVILLE â€“Â Streetlight issues were a concern addressed by the Jay Township Supervisors during their recent monthly meeting.
The supervisors received a letter from Jay Township resident Christine Gavazzi, indicating that she was unhappy with the streetlight tax she was being assessed because she did not believe the light had any impact on her property.
In her letter, which was dated Feb. 16, Gavazzi stated, "We do not benefit at all from the light closest to our property. It doesn't seem fair to have to pay for a light when it doesn't provide any light for our property."
After being hit by a record 9.0 magnitude earthquake, a deadly 25-foot-high tsunami and a nuclear crisis, the people of Japan are in desperate need of help. The small island nation is facing immense destruction and devastation as thousands have been reported dead, with many still missing or injured, and at least half a million people left homeless.
Approximately 343,000 households are without electricity and nearly one million are without water. Supplies of fuel, medicine and other necessities are running short.