February 22nd, 2015
The St. Marys Area Dutch wrestling team ended Saturday's District 9 Class AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament with three District champions, five runners-up, and three third-place finishers. All 11 wrestlers will advance to Saturday's Class AAA Northwest Regional Wrestling Tournament in Altoona to compete for a chance to advance to the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships the following weekend. Additionally, Dutch head coach Dominic Surra was named Class AAA Coach of the Year, and assistant coach Doug Surra was inducted into the District 9 Wrestling Hall of Fame.
St. Marys Area Dutch wrestling head coach Dominic Surra was named the Class AAA Coach of the Year on Saturday night during the District 9 Class AA and AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament at Clarion University. It was the first time Surra, who is in his fifth season as head coach of the Dutchmen, has received the Coach of the Year honor.
A new location, expanded hours and seminars are among the new changes and offerings this year at 2015 Business Expo sponsored by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and The River 98.9.
Saturday will mark the expo's first appearance at the Sacred Heart Parish Center located along Center Street. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., an additional two hours later than previous years.
"We moved the expo to the Sacred Heart Parish Center for its central location especially for the people who live downtown," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
The Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) hosted their annual gala fundraiser on Saturday evening at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway. This year's gala theme, "An Evening at the Moulin Rouge", featured live music by Dueling Pianos International as well as a live and silent auction, a dessert auction and cash drawings. The Dueling Artist portion of the evening featured three local artists including Pete Winklbauer, Ashley Denio and Dan Bjorkquist, who had one hour to complete a piece depicting a floral centerpiece on display at the event.
RIDGWAY â€“ Jenny Richards, VSO/assistant in Elk County's Veterans Affairs office, is retiring this Friday.
She has been on the job for five years for the county, and previously worked in the assessment office for four years.
"The best thing about this job is seeing how grateful the veterans are for every little thing we do," she said. "It's really impressive."
Arnold E. â€śArchieâ€ť Secco, 84, of 19343 Bennetts Valley Hwy., Weedville, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at Penn Highlands DuBois after a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 18, 1930 in Kersey, son of the late Amilcare and Ida Canton Secco.
On July 21, 1955 in the St. Josephâ€™s Church in Force, he married Rose Marie Zambanini, who survives. This year would have marked their sixtieth wedding anniversary.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders advanced to the semifinals of the District 9 Class A basketball tournament with a 77-41 victory over the Union Knights Friday night in a game played at the DuBois Area High School.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders faced the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals for the second time in a week and the third time this season on Friday night in a District 9 Class A quarterfinal matchup held at Brockway Area High School. Just as in their first two meetings, the undefeated ECC girls dispatched the Lady Cardinals, this time by the score of 48-26.
RIDGWAY â€“ In what Elk County Veterans Affairs Director Leslie Neal calls a "step in the right direction," the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has now included non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as a presumptive illness for blue water veterans serving during the Vietnam War.
The VA assumes that certain diseases can be related to a veteranâ€™s qualifying military service, called "presumptive diseases."
Those missing playful winter days are encouraged to attend Winterfest featuring such activities as ice skating and snowman building as well as treats including hot chocolate, cookies, hot dogs, drinks and s'mores around a fire.
Winterfest is taking place Sunday, March 1 at Kaulmont Park in St. Marys from 1-3 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public and is being hosted by the Elk County Volunteer Alliance.
In addition, the park offers complimentary ice skates to borrow as well as a warming area to change into skates.