Archive - May 22, 2014 - News Article
RIDGWAY â€“ Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency [PEMA] officials were in the area Thursday to assess the damage from Wednesday's flooding that ravaged Elk County, particularly Ridgway where standing water in some areas reached well over four feet.
Detailed numbers regarding home and business damage, and monetary damages were not readily available Thursday evening as PEMA teams were still analyzing data at the county's 911 Center.
Mike McAllister, director of Elk County's Office of Emergency Services, said teams were still working Thursday evening to assess the damage.
n keeping with tradition South St. Marys Street Elementary introduced a torch relay as part of the school's annual Olympic Games.
After hearing about the new idea, Todd and Kim Taylor, longtime Olympic volunteers, decided to expand on the idea and create a real torch for the games.
"We wanted to do something special for the school and for the Olympics," Todd said.
With the help of his co-workers at Quala-Die, a group of about eight people churned the aluminum and brass torch out in six hours.
This year's Memorial Day parade grand marshal will be WWII veteran Francis (Buzzy) Resch. He was born in 1923, grew up in the area and attended Central Catholic High School, quitting after the 10th grade. He entered the U.S. Army on April 12, 1943, and attended Boot Camp in Fort Bliss, Texas.
He was sent overseas and was in the third wave when he landed on Normandy beaches on June 9, 1944.