May 23rd, 2011
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on the renovation and expansion project at Elk Regional Health Center.
ST. MARYS - The long-awaited expansion and renovation of Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC) has begun, with bids recently opened and construction slated for early summer.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Additional charges that had been filed against Ridgway resident and Ridgway Borough Police Officer Shawn Geci for unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife have been withdrawn, and Geci also dropped an appeal of charges that were originally handed down following a conviction on Jan. 20 of operating a motorized ATV on lands leased by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and use of unlawful devices and methods to hunt wildlife.
The Elk County Conservation District will be teaming up with the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited to expand the monitoring area for the Elk County Monitoring Project as long as a stipulation proposed by chairman Russ Braun is fulfilled.
"I would like something from that organization [Iron Furnace Chapter] asking us to do this and a letter of committment from them stating that they will do what they say they are going to do," Braun said. "Trust is a good thing but with $150,000, trust can only go so far."
Annunciata M. "Nancy" McGill, 98, of 441 W. Mill Street, St. Marys, died at the home of her daughter on Sunday, May 22, 2011 after a brief illness.Â
She was born Aug. 25, 1912 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Frank and Antoinette Pultava Piccolo.Â
On January 17, 1942 in Sacred Heart Church, she married the late Paul McGill.Â
Gerald Edward "Red" Bressler, 65, of Ridgway, died on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
He was born Aug. 12, 1945, son of the late Charles H. Bressler Sr. and Estella Marie Carr of Johnsonburg.
He had worked for the Johnsonburg Paper Mill for a number of years. He was an avid outdoorsman and spent his free time throughout his life hunting, fishing and trapping in the wilds of Pennsylvania.
Dave Berteri, a member of the tax collection committee for Elk County, addressed the Jay Township Supervisors at their recent meeting to inform them of upcoming changes to how earned income tax is collected within the county.
Addressing meeting attendees, Berteri remarked that many were already likely aware of the change.
"Most of you probably know the government has passed an ordinance that every county has to have one tax collector for the wage tax," Berteri said. "They're forcing [the counties] to do it."
The St. Marys Senior Center is hosting a "Picnic on the Porch" event on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in celebration of Older Americans Month.
This free event is open to the public and will include picnic foods, prizes and music by Hap and the Gang.Â
Current St. Marys Senior Center members who bring in three new members are eligible for a bonus prize.
"The center is full of active people. It is a fun and friendly atmosphere," emphasized Lesa Lamb, senior center director.
She noted that new members who join only have to pay $6 for half-year dues.Â
Gregory D. Schneider, 51, of 118 Fairview Rd., Kersey, and formerly a Johnstown-area resident, died early Saturday morning, May 21, 2011 at the home of his parents on Fairview Road after a brief illness.
He was born April 26, 1960, in Ridgway, the son of Gerald and Shirley Woelfel Schneider of Kersey.
He had lived in the Johnstown area for 20 years. He was a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School, Class of 1978, and was employed by the Hunt Oil Co. in Johnstown for the past 10 years.
Gary Richard Werneth was stillborn on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Elk Regional Health Center.
He is the infant son of Dustan and Brenda Dorio Werneth of 140 Martin Rd., St. Marys.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Jim and Darlene Manfroni Dorio of Ridgway and his paternal grandparents, Floyd and Brenda Frey Beck of St. Marys.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gary Werneth.
The St. Marys Area duo of Nathan Hansen and Dylan Wiesner captured the District 9 Class AA Doubles Tennis Tournament held Friday at DuBois Area High School.
Hansen and Wiesner defeated teammates Thomas Murmann and Keith Meyer in the championship match in three sets. Hansen and Wiesner won the first set 6-4. Murmann and Meyer won the second set 7-6 (8-6). The third set went to Hansen and Wiesner 7-6 (9-7).