Archive - Feb 2014
Kenneth E. (Duck) Gasbarre Sr., 57, of 155 Main St., Ridgway, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 26, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 10, 1956, son of the late Richard G. and Zelma L. (Gearhart) Gasbarre.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a 1974 graduate of the Ridgway High School.
He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter, going to camp, and socializing with his friends. He had been employed by Elk County Heat Treaters for the last 22 years.
RIDGWAY â€“ As a top female speed artist, chainsaw carver Dawna Ceriani of Brockport is quick to the saw as she is renowned for producing detailed and quality carvings in under 45 minutes.
Last year Ceriani brought in $7,000 in three days for her auction pieces during Block Bash in French Lick, Ind. The event was hosted by the Saw Dogs, a team of the world's top chainsaw carvers who are the feature of a behind the scenes television series. The previous year she placed third in the auction. In addition she also created a masterpiece carving.
RIDGWAY â€“ Rob Peterson of Louisville, Ky. is one of the many artists in town for this week's Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous.
Having worked in construction since 1974, Peterson developed an eye for design and form, according to his website, robpetersoncarving.com. Paying attention to intricate details has paid off in dividends for Peterson as his talents for wood carving have grown with time.
RIDGWAY â€“ Lieutenant Esther Wilson, a Corps Officer for the Western Pennsylvania Branch of the Salvation Army, has recently announced that the Ridgway-based center would be available to offer transportation to surrounding Salvation Army adult rehabilitation centers for area residents seeking treatment.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball team advanced to the District 9 Class A championship game by defeating the Johnsonburg Rams by a 66-47 score Wednesday night at Clarion University.
The Crusaders were able to take advantage of a poor shooting night by the Rams. Johnsonburg was 15 of 53 from the field for 28 percent while Elk Catholic was 20 of 38 for 61 percent. Elk Catholic was seven of 17 from behind the three-point arc while the Rams wee three of 29.
Esther J. Huff, 95, of Weedville died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Nov. 21, 1918 in Weedville, daughter of the late Saba and Marie (Pratti) Betta. In 1937, she married Virgil J. Huff, who preceded her in death in 1979.
Esther was a member of St. Joseph Church and lived all her life in Bennetts Valley. She graduated from Weedville High School in the Class of 1937 and was a homemaker. Esther was well known for her unique style of intricately detailed egg decoration.
Justin M. Geist, 30, of 605 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys, died on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at his home with his parents by his side.
He was born on Feb. 23, 1984 in DuBois, son of Penny (VanAlstine) and Dennis Geist, who survive.
James Edward Challingsworth Jr., 81, of Doctor's Lane, Penfield, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 12, 1932 in Penfield, son of the late James E. and Annise Maude (Evans) Challingsworth Sr. On June 15, 1968, he married Shirley L. (Johnson), who survives.
Several issues were touched on during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting. Among them were road repairs, drainage issues and the manager's report.
Councilman Greg Gebauer suggested City Manager Dave Greene contact someone to repair the intersection of Mill Street and South St. Marys Street. Despite the sewer line repairs completed in that area, that portion of the road remains in disrepair.
"It's very bad," Gebauer said.
RIDGWAY â€“ Despite no budget increase, Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2014-2015 state budget of $29.4 billion would hike spending by nearly $1 billion.
The proposal provides additional funding for Pre-K-12 education, but restricts funds in a way that will make it hard to restore cuts made to the classroom in recent years.
The most significant line items are funding for education (35 percent), medical assistance and long-term living (22.8 percent), other welfare (16 percent) and corrections (7.5 percent).