March 14th, 2012
Proposed cuts to higher education included in Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's 2012-2013 budget proposal have precipitated a backlash, with student protests and academic administrators in Harrisburg clamoring for legislative allies in an effort to stem the flow of state dollars from their respective institutions.
Rita Delores Marks, 75, of Adams Street, Byrnedale, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at UPMC Northwest in Seneca, Pa.
She was born May 25, 1936 in Byrnedale, the daughter of the late William H. and Mary Alice (Ferris) Cassels.
She lived most of her life in Byrnedale and attended Weedville schools. She worked as a beautician for some years and retired from Windfall as a floor leader in 2000 after nine and a half years.
Ray E. Lewis, 89, of 1470 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died early Tuesday morning, March 13, 2012, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 23, 1922, in Ridgway, son of the late Charles H. and Josephine (Greeley) Lewis. He married Flora A. Bobenrieth on April 1, 1977; she survives.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of the American Legion Post #208. Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to garden. He served in the U.S. Army and was a WWII veteran. He had been a self-employed truck driver for Lewis Trucking for 52 years.
Doris A. Clausen, 95, of Erie, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Pleasant Ridge Manor West.
She was born in Erie on Feb. 23, 1917, daughter of the late Pierce and Grave Fullerton.
Doris was a homemaker, working at Marx Toys for five years. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting and was a former member of the VFW Post #470 Auxiliary. She enjoyed flower gardening and time with her grandpets.
Fiorina Aiello, age 78, of 221 Mill St., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday afternoon, March 14, 2012, at the Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College following a lengthy illness.
She was born April 29, 1933 in Reggio Calabria, Cannolo, Italy, daughter of the late Antonio and Maria Staltare Siciliano. On Oct. 11, 1958, in Welland, Ontario, Canada, she married Carmen Aiello; he preceded her in death Nov. 20, 2004.
ST. MARYS - Area youth can have a blast while helping to raise money to support cancer research and programs at the 2nd annual "Minute to Win It" challenge this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CMF Club in St. Marys.
The event is sponsored by Elk County Relay for Life's Team F.R.I.E.N.D.S., and all proceeds benefit the 2012 Relay, which will be held at Fox Township Community Park this summer.
A resolution in support of "substantial charter school funding and accountability reform" was adopted by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors at Monday's meeting, making official the board's position in calling for charter reform legislation "that relieves the financial burden on school districts created by charter schools."
At a recent St. Marys City Council meeting, Councilman Greg Gebauer inquired if there has been any further discussion on the St. Marys Area Water Authority's rate increase on fire hydrants.
Currently the city pays $165 per hydrant for 315 hydrants. This rate is set to increase to $202.50 next year.
The authority planned to add three new hydrants next year. If the authority approves the increase, this will provide a revenue increase of $11,647.
Several area residents have once again teamed up to raise money for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Not only is the second annual Bunny Hop 5K scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 7 at Benzinger Park in St. Marys, but Carly Frank is also competing in the Maurices Main Street Model Search. Any proceeds raised will benefit The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Margaret M. "Rita" Repko, 89, of the Lutheran Home at Kane, formerly of 902 Burning Well Rd., Wilcox, died early Tuesday morning on March 13, 2012 at the Lutheran Home at Kane following a lengthy illness.
She was born on Dec. 29, 1922 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Frank and Maria Lopreiti Serianni Colosimo.
On May 15, 1950 in the Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, she married Frank W. Repko Sr. He died on Aug. 16, 2007.
Mrs. Repko resided in Kane for the past year. She was formerly of Wilcox.