Archive - Jan 2014 - News Article
SHIPPEN TWP. â€“ Two Minard Road residents have been hit with several drug charges following the execution of Dec. 20 search warrant.
The accused are Calvin James Lane III, 41, and Kimberly Rene Guisto, 43, both of 109 Minard Rd. in Shippen Township.
A garage fire early Wednesday morning is reportedly the result of a malfunctioning wood burner, according to Ridgway fire chief Scott Pontious.
The fire destroyed a garage located along the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Ridgway.
When one thinks of Snowy Owls it conjures up different images in different minds. One person may envision Hedwig the Snowy Owl in Harry Potter. Others may instantly picture in their mind a beautiful Snowy Owl standing majestically in an Arctic landscape. Regardless of what scene pops into your mind, itâ€™s rather unlikely that you were picturing them in our own backyard.
John Wygant, former chief of the Ridgway Fire Department, has stepped down after 14 years at the helm.
Scott Pontious, formerly deputy chief, is now the new chief of the fire department.
Wygant, a 37-year veteran of the department having joined in 1976, will be 66 years old at the end of the month.
Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) recently received a $5,000 grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for its Peer Based Transition Support Services (PBTSS) program designed to help students with disabilities during life's major transitional phases.
The program uses a mentorship approach which puts students in contact with someone, not in an authoritative role, but with a friend who has already navigated this difficult road themselves.
ST. MARYS â€“ Multiple charges were filed against John Anthony Raspatello following a Dec. 30 altercation with two Brosius Towing and Tiltbed Services employees along Brusselles Street at Nic's Tobacco Outlet in St. Marys.
Raspatello was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, four counts of simple assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count of accidents involving death or personal injury, and one count of reckless driving. He was arraigned and placed in the Elk County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Patty Greene and her merry elves recently visited Elk Haven Nursing Home to spread some Christmas cheer by distributing blankets, stockings and other small gifts to elderly residents.
"The smiles on the people melted my heart, I lost my voice as I stood there all teary eyed watching as my gang full of love and good wishes walked down those halls," Greene said. "It was amazing and I was wishing that all of the people who opened up their hearts were there to witness what they helped me do."
When mentioning the Borough of Eldred in McKean County, many picture only the small community just over an hour north of St. Marys near the New York border. A group of students at St. Marys Area High School recently had the opportunity to see that the small community has a lot to offer, especially in terms of World War II history.
Located at 201 Main St. in Eldred is the Eldred WWII Museum and Learning Center.
"I was told about it 10 years ago by a fellow teacher, because I didn't know it existed either," said Paul Benjamin, co-advisor of the German Club at St. Marys Area High School.
RIDGWAY â€“ Seth Franco, a former Harlem Globetrotter, is returning to speak and perform some of his basketball tricks Jan. 15 at Awakening Alliance Church.
In 2003, Franco became a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, becoming the first Caucasian member since 1942.