January 17th, 2011
James Ruel Cristini, 67, of North Broad Street, Ridgway, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 20, 1943 in Brockport, son of James Cristini of Brockport and the late Virginia (Zimmerman) Cristini.
He married Linda (Hooven) Cristini, who survives.
Cristini served in the U.S. Army. He was employed as a tool and die maker for local manufacturing for 43 years, retiring from Clarion Sintered in 2008.
He was a member of the Ridgway American Legion and VFW. Born and raised in Brockport, he had been a Ridgway resident since 1964.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch picked up their 11th win of the season on Saturday evening as they defeated the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders by a 58-50 score in a District Nine League encounter at the Aaron J. Straub Gymnasium on the Elk Catholic campus.
The St. Marys Area Dutch gymnastics team recorded a 124.4 to 116.95 victory over the DuBois Area squad on Saturday in a meet held at the DuBois Area High School. This is St. Marysâ€™ second win of the season.
â€śThe team competed very well today. Iâ€™ve definitely seen the improvements in their performances, routines,â€ť said St. Marys coach Irene McCandless.
Maryland native and former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Stephanie Brooks is finding life interesting living deep in Pittsburgh Steelers territory.
As a first grade substitute teacher at South St. Marys Street Elementary School, Brooks has brought her Ravens spirit to the school, where her classroom is decorated in her team colors of black and purple.
HAZEL HURST â€“ A lone bull elk is wandering at its new residence in McKean County -- the Morgan farm and adjacent woodland along Bloomster Hollow Road in Hamlin Township.
"He's got the run of the whole hollow," Rick Morgan said in describing the majestic visitor to the property where he lives. "He seems to be spending more of his time lately between our place and our neighbor's place."
Morgan said the elk has been dining on round hay bales in the farm fields, as well as corn.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball team outscored the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen by a 30-23 margin in the second half to pick up a 51-46 District 9 League victory last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
With 5:02 left in the third period, the Dutch held a 30-24 lead. In the final five minutes of the third period the Crusaders outscored the Dutch by a 13-5 margin to take a 35-34 lead with eight minutes remaining. In those final eight minutes Elk Catholic outscored St. Marys 16-12 to win the game.
â€śThat was a really nice win,â€ť said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub.
January is National Blood Donor Month and according to Robert Newell, Executive Director of the Elk-Cameron Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, only about five percent of eligible people actually donate blood.
"Nationally it's only five percent and I imagine we are probably pretty close to that," Newell said.
Factors that would exempt someone from being eligible to donate include if they are taking certain medications, have traveled to certain parts of the world or have recently gotten a tattoo.
Students at South St. Marys Street Elementary had the chance to become a living part of science of Friday morning during a unique presentation.
Two presentations took place in the school's auditorium, each exploring light and electricity.
The Living Science program, offered through the Bureau of Lectures, featured presenter Helen Stevens who interacted with students throughout the program. According to Stevens she will present the program to 250,000 students this year.
Several demonstrations took place, each featuring student volunteers.
The Elk County Humane Society is planning to begin a trap, neuter and release program to help control the feral cat population within the county.
While the program is expected to begin sometime this year, Humane Officer JoAnne Smith urged the public to be patient as the society waits for all of the necessary grant funding to become available.
"We're about halfway there," Smith said with regard to the funding. "Hopefully the rest of the funding will come in the first part of this year. It's about $12,000 just to equip the room and that doesn't cover the veterinarian's costs."
A reorganizational meeting for all volunteers interested in helping with this year's Reality Tour, a drug prevention and awareness program, will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Elk County Courthouse Annex in Ridgway.
Reality Tour Co-Directors Cindy Cortinovis and Val Weis said both youth and adult volunteers are welcome to attend the meeting. Youth volunteers are eligible for service hours in assisting with the tours.
"I appreciate everyone's effort to help keep this program going. Without volunteers we will not be successful," said Cortinovis.