May 14th, 2012
William A. Freeburg, 78, of 153 Ridge Rd., Kersey, died Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home in Hollidaysburg.
He was born Jan. 3, 1934 in Toby, son of the late John and Esther Hedlund Freeburg.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1952.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1956 to 1958.
He is survived by a sister, Marie Anstrom of Ridgway; and a brother, Robert Freeburg of Ridgway.
Stanley Kolby, 74, of 3879 Rich Valley Rd, Emporium, died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, on Friday night, May 11, 2012.
He was born Dec. 27, 1937 in Renovo, a son of the late Chester and Rose Javornick Kolby.
He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was retired from Sylvania in St. Marys, where he was a truck driver for many years. Years ago he worked for PennCentral & Conrail Railroad. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, the K. of C. and the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, VFW.
St. Marys City Council recently approved a hazard mitigation plan, making the city eligible for emergency funding if the area should encounter a natural or manmade disaster.
"In the event there would be a natural disaster in St. Marys, in order for the city to be eligible for PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency) or FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funds, the city has to have this ordinance/resolution in place," explained St. Marys City Manager Dave Greene. "If a disaster was declared, no matter what type, the city will be eligible for funding."
Market Street in downtown St. Marys was transformed into a dragstrip Saturday, with modified outhouses hurtling from one end to the other all as part of a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis (MS).
The third annual "Kick the Crap out of MS Outrageous Outhouse Race" saw seven teams competing. Cheered on by the throng of onlookers, the teams raced their mobile commodes two at a time from the north end of the street down to the checkered flag. This year's grand champion team was the "Thirsty Thursday Crew" made up of Bill McMillan, Justin Brem, and Luke Fritz.
With the score knotted up at 5-all in the bottom of the seventh inning and two runners on for the Crusaders and no outs, Brookville intentionally walked ECC's Ivan Wortman to load the bases during a contest played at Berwind Park on Friday afternoon. After striking out the next batter, Brookville pitcher Brock Beitz threw four straight balls to Jack Herzing, giving the Crusaders the 6-5 win on a walk-off walk that scored Brock McCullough.
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors voted against participating in a co-op swimming program with the St. Marys Area School District during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien said even though the board did not reach an agreement Tuesday night they will continue to work toward instituting a co-op program.
Chapter Championships proved to be a successful endeavor for the 2012 indoor performance groups from Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area high schools. A standing-room-only crowd gathered inside the SMA gymnasium and witnessed both the ECC and SMA colorguards finish their regular season undefeated and be crowned Chapter 11 Champions. Also named Chapter Champs were the SMA dance team and drumline as well as the ECC drumline, which brought home a close second-place finish.
Forty-two groups of percussion, colorguard, dance and baton twirlers competed in the 2012 championships.
At Thursday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors, board members approved a resolution declaring their support for legislation and legislative reform measures that would ease financial burdens and constraints placed on school districts statewide.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â The St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen and Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders took home titles on Thursday afternoon at the 2012 Elk County Varsity Track and Field Meet hosted by the Johnsonburg Area High School.
In the boys' meet, St. Marys finished with 90 points, followed by ECC with 61 and Johnsonburg with 38. In the girls' meet, Elk Catholic ended the day with 100 points, while Johnsonburg had 62 and St. Marys 27.
Rose P. Johnson, 100, formerly of Weedville and Norwalk, CA and most recently of Elk Towers in St. Marys, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born on June 20, 1911 in Slippery Rock, daughter of the late Bernardino and Demonica Martini Palumbo.
Mrs. Johnson had been employed by Sylvania Radio Tube Plant in Emporium, the Prudential Insurance Co. and retired from Boeing Co.