April 18th, 2012
During Wednesday morning's East Branch Dam Safety Project stakeholders meeting, representatives from the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, discussed updates of the project to area residents, local partners and other agency personnel.
Werner Loehlein, water management specialist with the Corps, explained current water levels since the last dam safety meeting held in September.
"East Branch is a multiple-purpose project, with its two primary purposes flood control and low water regulation for water quality," Loehlein said.
RIDGWAY - Longtime former Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski was honored with a citation from the Pa. House of Representatives at the Elk County Republican Party Spring Banquet held at the Royal Inn in Ridgway Tuesday.
State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) said he was taking a moment to "shift out of his political hat and into his ceremonial hat" in presenting Radkowski with the citation.
RIDGWAY TWP. - Members of Local Labor Union 2448 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers [IAMAW] voted overwhelmingly Saturday night to go on strike against Clarion Sintered Metals [CSM] in order to obtain their goals of less mandatory overtime, a better pension plan and the same percentage wage for workers.
Edith P. Zambanini, 103, of Ridgway, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Elk Haven Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Oct. 11, 1908, in Byrnedale, the daughter of the late Arthur and Angeline Ronca Busatto. On July 5, 1925, she married Senatore Zambanini; he predeceased her in 1980.
She was a member of St. Leoâs Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed playing cards, bingo and going to the casino.
Eugene R. "Herbie" Tassone, 86, of 526 Penn St., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Aug. 16, 1925 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Salvatore "Sam" and Ellen Vavala Tassone. On April 26, 1952, in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Agnes Gapinski, who survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and was a 1944 graduate of Johnsonburg High School. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, Holy Name Society, Johnsonburg Senior Center, and the Knights of Columbus.
Francis X. âFrankâ Straub, 76, of 123 Terrace Rd., St. Marys, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born May 2, 1935 in St. Marys, son of the late Frank E. and Marguerite (Peg) Bender Straub.
Ruth Baumgratz Hasselman, 80, of 185 Center St., St. Marys, died at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys on Wednesday morning, April 18, 2012, of polycythemia vera.
She was born Aug. 25, 1931 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Gilbert and Barbara Skok Heiberger.
Ruth's ï¬rst husband was Regis "Daisy" Baumgratz, whom she married June 8, 1957, died on July 13, 1993. Her second husband was Richard Hasselman, whom she married on Feb. 23, 2001; he preceded her in death Aug. 17, 2010.
As many residents are aware, the City of St. Marys has been conducting a city-wide income survey since last month in order to help St. Marys qualify for more projects using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
The application for CDBG funding requires 400 completed surveys; St. Marys Community and Economic Development Director Tina Gradizzi said only 34 more are needed to reach that goal. The deadline to submit the application to the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is Friday, April 27, and the surveys need to be completed before then.
Elk County Commissioners discussed the possibility of a new kind of public issue forum regarding Marcellus Shale.
Mike Kamandulis, a member of Elk County C.A.R.E.S. [Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship], reviewed his experiences attending A forum entitled "The Marcellus Shale - What Does It Mean For Us," hosted Saturday, April 14, at the Central Pa. Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, Centre County.
The students of Elk County Catholic High School's Drama Department are transformed into the "Children of Eden" in the school's annual musical production taking place this week.
"Children of Eden" is based on the Book of Genesis, with Act I focusing on creation and featuring the story of the Father, Adam and Eve, and their two sons, Cain and Abel. Act II revolves around Noah and the great flood.