March 28th, 2012
It became a busy afternoon in a short time for the Crystal Fire Department, which responded to back-to-back calls less than 10 minutes apart on Wednesday afternoon.
The first call came in at 4:39 p.m. for a brush fire above P/M National at 201 Grotzinger Rd., off of Rosely Road. Upon arrival, firefighters found a fairly large area of grassland on fire.
Federal road funding is set to expire this weekend and the monetary halt has caused considerable unrest amongst area planners.
WEEDVILLE - Hundreds of bidders turned up at the site of the former DeLullo's Shur Save Supermarket in Weedville on Wednesday for an equipment auction, as the store opened and closed its doors for the last time. The location is now the future site of a Family Dollar scheduled to open this summer.
Auctioneer Mark Barkley, with Barkley Auctions LLC, said the day was a success, adding that, "Everything was liquidated."
"We had 125 registered bidders . Most come in pairs, so you could easily count 250 people in attendance," Barkley said.
FOX TWP. - On Wednesday approximately 125 school board members, representatives from various youth agencies and numerous employers attended the first Summit to Connect Business and Industry with Education, hosted by the North Central Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Youth Council.
The summit, entitled "Preparing Our Youth for the 21st Century," featured three speakers and an interactive discussion panel that included residents from throughout North Central's coverage area of Elk, Cameron, Clearfield, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.
Nanette Caggiano, 82, of 28 Pierce Ave., Ridgway, died Tuesday, March 28, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center after a short illness.
She was born April 12, 1929, in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of the late Anthony and Grace DePaolo Romandetti. On May 31, 1947, she married Rudolph Caggiano, who predeceased her on May 14, 2004.
Robert P. Auman, 84, of 310 George St., St. Marys, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.
He was born April 1, 1927 in St. Marys, son of the late Leonard J. and Florence Kerner Auman.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Mary's Parochial School and Central Catholic High School. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Co., retiring in 1987 after 40 years of service.
On June 16, 1951 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, he married Margery M. Dippold, who survives.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team was down 3-1 to the Brockway Lady Rovers and it looked like ECC might record their first loss of the young season. The team's only run had come from Jena Struble in the third inning, and they were not even in a position to tie the game with only a runner on second base.
The Elk County Catholic track and field teams opened their seasons Tuesday afternoon by traveling to Punxsutawney where they split with the Chuck squads.
The Lady Crusaders defeated the Lady Chucks 87-63 while the Chucks downed the Crusaders 105-45.
â€śWe had a good outing at Punxsy today,â€ť said ECCHS coach John Schneider.
â€śIt was definitely a learning day as we found out things we are doing well and things we need to work on. We definitely had a positive opening to our season,â€ť said the coach.
Mary Chupa Cherry, 93, of Bendigo Road, Johnsonburg, died Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after a short illness.
She was born on Nov. 30, 1918, in Avella, Pa., daughter of the late George Chupa and Anna (Ighnatko) Chupa. In 1946, she married George Cherry, who survives.
Born and raised in Avella, she came to Johnsonburg in 1945.
She had worked as a streetcar operator in Pittsburgh and in the Drabo Shipyard of Pittsburgh where she worked as a welder, manufacturing landing craft during WWII.
ST. MARYS - Area residents are introducing a way to support local businesses while having a lot of fun in the process. Instead of a "flash mob," an event where people use social media to gather at a public place and perform a dance or song, co-organizers Amy Cherry and Paula Weyant are forming a "cash mob," a similar event that will allow area residents to see what local businesses have to offer.
"It's similar to a flash mob except that instead of singing and dancing, we plan to arm ourselves with $10 and $20 bills to help do our part in boosting our local economy," Cherry said.