Archive - 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, Pa. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) were in town Tuesday morning and into the early afternoon to assess the flood damage that ravaged Ridgway last week.
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman and Ray Imhof, emergency coordinator for both Ridgway Borough and Township, and assistant fire chief, spoke Tuesday morning of the severity of the disaster during an emergency briefing downtown.
Valedictorian Anna VanEerden and Salutatorian Kennedy Weisner left their Elk County Catholic High School Class of 2014 classmates with encouraging sentiments and thoughtful memories during the school's commencement ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
VanEerden described the seniors as a class made of bright, dynamic, inspiring individuals who through "creating memories and sharing experiences has changed us all for the better."
JAY TWP. â€“Â This year's Memorial Day program at Mt. Zion Historical Park featured four different dedication ceremonies. A plaque honoring military members from Jay and Benezette Townships who were killed or missing in action was installed along the walkway, 39 new pavers were added to the walkway, a new citizen's plaque was installed, and two stone benches and adjacent plaques were added.
William J. Bankovic, 90, a resident of Elk Haven and formerly of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.
He was born May 6, 1924 in St. Marys, son of the late Walter and Eva Frkonja Bankovic. He was married to Elaine Mains of Pittsburgh.
It was warm and sunny on Monday morning as St. Marys' residents lined the streets from American Legion Post 103 on Center Street to Memorial Park, and then from there to the Diamond, for this year's annual Memorial Day celebration.
"It is a pleasure to see such a nice turnout and the weather cooperating so beautifully today," said Master of Ceremonies Victor Straub as he opened the program at Memorial Park.
ST. MARYS - Elk County Catholic High School honored the accomplishments of the Class of 2014
on Sunday afternoon during the school's annual commencement exercises.
Family and friends of the 62 members of the senior class filled the auditorium for the 12:30 p.m. ceremony, which lasted about one hour.
JAY TWP. â€“Â The annual Memorial Day program was held at Mt. Zion Historical Park on Saturday afternoon, and a number of individuals turned out to honor those who have served in the armed forces. This year's ceremony included the dedication of a plaque honoring all servicemen from Jay and Benezette Townships who have been killed in action or are still missing in action.
Susan McClintick, secretary/treasurer of the Mt. Zion Historical Society provided the welcome for the program, and began by offering a few remarks regarding the society's website.
Rena I. "Joy" Gleixner, 87, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Cedar Road, St. Marys, died on Friday, May 23, 2014 following a lengthy illness.
She was born on April 5, 1927, a daughter of the late Vere and Jennifer Knarr Swesey.
On June 15, 1950 in Emporium, she married Edward L. Gleixner Sr., who preceded her in death on May 15, 2010.
Joy was a graduate of Emporium High School and a member of Sacred Heart Church.Â She enjoyed cooking, sewing and crocheting.Â Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
RIDGWAY â€“ Preliminary reports indicate at least one person is dead after an accident on the Clarion River in the Portland Mills area.
Emergency responders were called to the vicinity of 35080 Portland Mills Rd. in Ridgway Township for an initial report of five individuals in the water, including at least one with injuries. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were called at 3 p.m., and fire chief Scott Pontious later called for a swift water rescue team from Clearfield County to the scene. The coroner was requested to the scene.