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April 14th, 2011
The Most Reverend Donald Walter Trautman, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, described the restoration work at St. Leo Magnus Roman Catholic Church along Depot Street in Ridgway as "exquisite" and "spectacular" after seeing the finished product.
"I thought our diocese only had one cathedral, but now I think we have two cathedrals, one here in Ridgway and one in Erie," Trautman said as he prepared for a 7 p.m. Mass Thursday night as part of a rededication ceremony. "I'm very proud of it and I commend all who are responsible for it, and I'm happy for the people in this parish.
Cameron and Elk Counties Local Housing Options Team [LHOT] received a strong turnout Thursday afternoon at the 2011 Housing Expo held at the Central Hose Company along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway.
The expo showcased 32 local vendors ranging from contractors, insurance agencies, banks, children's services, government offices and senior services to realtors and suppliers of home furnishings.
Students at St. Boniface School held a Music Fest on Wednesday evening to celebrate the school's 125th anniversary, which was in February 2010. The program featured students in kindergarten through fifth grade reading brief summaries about the school's history and performing songs from select time periods. It got under way at 6:30 p.m. and was followed by a brief social.
St. Marys Area High School recognized the academic excellence of juniors and seniors as part of the school's annual National Honor Society (NHS) program on Wednesday evening.
Among those honored were 43 first-year junior members, 35 second-year senior members and two seniors who were first-year members.
The evening began with a dinner, during which SMAHS senior Rebecca Arnold gave the invocation.
Students and their families then gathered inside the SMAHS Carpin Auditorium for the initiation ceremony into the Dr. Walter Black Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Construction for the Osterhout Bypass along Osterhout Street (state Route 1014) is scheduled to begin in April 2012.
The Osterhout Bypass is designed to steer heavy truck traffic off of Main Street in downtown Ridgway.
â€śThe homes have received an assessment and some, I believe, have received their payment from PennDOT,â€ť said Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki during Tuesday's Ridgway Township Supervisors meeting. â€śThey will be leaving their homes and then they will be demolished.â€ť
This year marks the 30th year of the Ridgway Triathlon and officials are working to make this event the best one yet.
"This unique triathlon event combines three different competitive events into one of the most fun adventures of the area," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "Canoeing is not an event usually associated with triathlons across the country but the proximity of the Clarion River gave Dave Love, founder of the event 30 years ago, an idea to combine canoeing with the traditional events of running and biking to form this unique time-tested event."
Connie Grenz, who is believed to be the first female to head a major wood-related business in the U.S., spoke Wednesday at the 13th annual Women in Timber Luncheon at the Kane Country Club.
Grenz is retiring at the end of the month after serving as general manager at Kane Hardwood for the past 11 years.
In moving from Kane back to her hometown of Vancouver, Wash., Grenz said she will be leaving "an incredible industry." She said she also will miss the people she has worked with and the friends she has made.
"It always falls down to people," Grenz said.
Area residents by now may have noticed the advertisements airing on television encouraging inactive Catholics to return to the church through the Catholics Come Home program. The city's three parishes, Queen of the World, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's, are all participating in the initiative throughout Lent.
According to Fr. Michael Ferrick, pastor of Queen of the World Parish, the commercials first began running on Ash Wednesday and will continue until Easter.
A sign at almost every gas pump in the United States warns customers about using cellphones or other electronic devices while refueling because the batteries inside can produce sparks that will ignite gasoline vapors. But does that really mean using your cellphone while you pump gas can cause an explosion?
A new scholarship is available to students of the St. Marys Area School District. Five students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship per year for the four years they successfully remain enrolled in a college or university. A total of $100,000 will be distributed.
The generous scholarship was established by Nathan Milikowsky, former owner of C/G Electrodes, which he sold in 2010 and is now known as GrafTech International.