September 12th, 2012
Donald Gruesu died on July 20, 2012 in Carlsbad, Calif.
He was born on Aug. 17, 1964, in Ridgway, the middle son of Joseph and Bernice Gruesu, who survive. He married Patty Dwyer on Oct. 4, 1997 in Newport Beach, Calif.; she survives.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by three sons, Brandon and twins Bayard and Carson; a daughter, Mallorie; a granddaughter, Brooke; and two brothers, Stephen Gruesu and Paul Gruesu.
Elaine I. White, 84, of Weedville and recently of Christ the King Manor of DuBois, died late Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at the Christ the King Manor.
She was born July 6, 1928 in Weedville, daughter of the late George and Frieda (Smith) Martin. She married Raymond Levendusky, who preceded her in death in 1968; and George O. White, who preceded her in death in 1978.
Elaine lived most of her life in Bennetts Valley and recently DuBois, and attended Bennetts Valley schools.
She was a homemaker.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader tennis team remained undefeated with a 9-0 win over Johnsonburg on Tuesday afternoon in contests played at Benzinger and Memorial parks.
"Today was a near-perfect day for a tennis match against a very nice and greatly improved Johnsonburg squad," said ECC coach Pete Meier. "Both teams played very well and the fans were treated to some very good tennis. It's always fun playing Johnsonburg. They are well-coached, they have nice girls, and they play good tennis."
At first singles, ECC's Laira Reuscher defeated Riley Fannin 6-0, 6-0.
The Elk County Catholic cross country teams opened their home season Tuesday by playing host to the Brookville squads.
The Crusaders defeated the Raiders 25-30, while the Lady Raiders did not have enough runners to field a team.
In the girls' race, ECC's Kennedy Weisner placed first with a time of 20:08, followed by her teammate, Victoria Dippold, in second in 21:07.
Ridgway's Rachel Guyer placed third in 22:02, followed by Johnsonburg's Kathryn Polaski, who was fourth in 22:32.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team raised their dual match record to 3-0 on the season with a 3-0 victory over the Kane Lady Wolves Tuesday night at the ECCHS gym.
Elk Catholic won the first set by a 25-20 score. They took the second set 25-17 and won the third set by a 25-12 score.
â€śThat was a very good win against a quality Kane team,â€ť said ECCHS coach Diane Gies. â€śI think our best game was our third game tonight. Our blocking at the net was outstanding.â€ť
â€śNow is the time to take the next step and maintain what weâ€™re doing,â€ť she added.
The St. Marys Area Board of Directors discussed the assessment exam results for last school year, areas needing improvement and those in which the district is at or above target.
SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney began with enrollment in the district, which she said is the "first thing you want to know about when you start a school year."
Although kindergarten enrollment is up in the district, overall enrollment is down to its lowest numbers since the 2003-2004 school year, decreasing from 2,541 to 2,235 this year.
RIDGWAY - At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force, task force chair and Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg commended the group for continuing to meet even though Marcellus Shale activity has slowed in the area and said the group will be well-prepared as a result when activity ramps up again.
Talented young musicians from throughout the area will showcase their skills at the annual Sounds of Autumn Band Competition on Saturday, Sept. 22 at St. Marys Area High School's Dutch Country Stadium.
The competition, a cooperative effort between St. Marys Area and Elk County Catholic high schools, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. following the opening ceremony at 12:45 p.m., where both bands will join together in performing the national anthem.
SMETHPORT â€“ A man has been sentenced to life in state prison for killing a mother and her baby in Bradford in 2010.
Waide Eugene Nolf, 40, of Bradford received the sentence Tuesday when he appeared in McKean County Court before Senior Judge William Morgan of Warren.
MT. ZION - Robert Winslow Nay, author of â€śThe Elk County Rifles: Soldier Profiles and the Bucktail Spirit," spoke about some of the individual soldiers and their contributions to the war effort, for both their comrades and the Union at the dedication of the Bucktail Monument at Mt. Zion Historical Park.
Nay, who is related to the area Winslows, said it was a great gift to research the soldiers in the book and credited area historians Jim Burke, Michael Parana, and Bill Robertson