August 28th, 2014
JAY TWP. â€“ The Bennetts Valley community is ramping up for it's 63rd annual Labor Day Homecoming Celebration, which will include rides, food, the crowning of Miss Bennetts Valley and a parade.
Charlie Liptak, who is organizing the festivities for the sixth year in a row, encourages everyone to come and support local nonprofits and enjoy the games and food.
"It's all nonprofit organizations," Liptak said. "The money that we raise all goes back into the community in some form."
Anthony â€śTonyâ€ť Scutella, 94, of 344 Grant St., St. Marys, died on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at the Pinecrest Manor after an illness of the past several months.
He was born December 25, 1919 in Calabria, Italy, son of the late Pasquale and Maria Caminiti Scutella. In 1947, he married Lena Joan Barbera, who preceded him in death on October 30, 1958. On June 14, 1978 in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Jane Pearsall Fedorko, who survives.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader golf team raised their dual meet record to 2-1 on the season as they defeated the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen by a 201-235 score Wednesday at the Leaning Pines Public Golf Course.
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission met Wednesday morning and the quality of the area's workforce was a main point of discussion for the attending committee members.
The discussion centered around a growing problem in the area, employers are looking for employees, but many available employees are not able to pass a drug test to gain employment.
"This issue is a cultural and societal issue," Executive Director Eric Bridges said during the meeting. "There is a potential demonization of people that suffer from these diseases."
The East Branch Dam Safety Initiative took a step forward Wednesday as a multi-million bid was awarded for the construction of the East Branch cutoff wall rehabilitation project.
Layne Christensen Co. of Ruther Glen, Va. was awarded the $132,504,348 contract by the Department of the Army. The company specializes in water management, construction and drilling.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex building in Ridgway to further discuss plans for a new recycling facility, as well as new recycling options in the county.
The authority discussed options for several types of recyclable items that have been frequently asked about by residents. Many residents asked about recycling tires, which the authority does in the spring.
With the prominence of drug use throughout the area, City of St. Marys Police officers are working with youngsters as part of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in helping students learn to make better life choices.
D.A.R.E. is conducted in sixth grade classes at St. Marys Catholic and St. Marys Area middle schools. Last year the program reached a total of 243 students.
Weekly classes start in January after Christmas break and continue until March for a 10-week time period.
In recent years funding has been sporadic for the program.
Louis Richard â€śGigiâ€ť Notarianni, 81, of Powers Avenue, Johnsonburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor after a short illness.
He was born Sept. 8, 1932 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Victor and Jean (Victor) Notarianni.
Mr. Notarianni married Carol Catherine (Baum) on April 20, 1963 in Holy Rosary Church. She preceded him in death on Nov. 24, 2006.
Following his Johnsonburg High School graduation he continued his education for four years at Gannon University.
Paul J. Cunningham, 83, of 1116 South Michael Rd., St. Marys, died on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born on December 11, 1930, a son of the late John and Ida Friedl Cunningham.
On August 4, 1950 in St. Mary's Church, he married Ruth Schatz Cunningham, who survives.
Nancy Bille Bleggi, 58, of Gaithersburg, Md., died on Aug. 23, 2014 in home hospice surrounded by her family and beloved dogs.
She was born in St. Marys to the late Richard and Betty Bille of Gypsy Road, and was married to Scott Bleggi, also a St. Marys native.
Nancy was a tireless advocate for improved educational and therapy services for the disabled in the Washington, DC metro area and overseas during her husband's foreign service assignments.