July 2nd, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ PennDOT officials, the Pennsylvania State Police and local police will be banding together in an effort to make Independence Day holiday travel safer.
Last year, there were 256 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 11 fatalities from Friday, June 30, to Sunday, July 9. This marked a decrease from 2012, where there were 355 alcohol-related crashes and 20 fatalities. Also during the holiday period last year there were 69 drug-related crashes and four fatalities in those crashes.
Edward S. Levanduski, 80, of Pine Avenue, Force, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Penn Highlands-DuBois after a short illness.
He was born Sept. 3, 1933 in Tyler, son of the late James and Bernice (Sadowski) Levanduski.
On Sept. 3, 1955, he married Josephine (Skrzypek), and she survives.
He was a graduate of Huston Township High School, Class of 1952, and retired from Airco Speer in 1996 after 42 years.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Force. He enjoyed the Steelers, Pirates, hunting and especially his dog â€śShabby.â€ť
He lived all his life in Bennetts Valley.
Vito Eozzo, 79, of 617 Sherry Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
He was born July 12, 1934 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Nicholas and Vincenza Eozzo. On June 13, 1959, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Jean M. Feldbauer, who survives
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1952. He was the retired owner of Vito's Dairy Dell in St. Marys where he worked for 45 dedicated years of service to his faithful customers, whom he considered his family. He was famous for his Vito's Hoagies.
Two members of the St. Marys Area High School Class of 2015, Samantha Candalor and Garrett Wendel, are preparing to spend part of their summer participating in the prestigious Pennsylvania Governor's School programs.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday presented two $5,000 scholarships to area students preparing to attend college.
Kristin Dippold and Dalton Sheasley both received $5,000 scholarships. Dippold will be attending Bucknell University while Sheasley will be doing undergraduate studies at West Virginia University.
RIDGWAY â€“ As budget discussions continue to dominate Harrisburg this week, funding within the state spending plan seem to have adverse effects on area human services groups.
Two men have been charged in separate incidents with sale or transfer of firearms, unsworn falsification to authorities and disorderly conduct for attempting to purchase firearms at Elk County Ammo and Arms in St. Marys.
RIDGWAY â€“ With the number of criminal cases filed in Elk County on pace for a record high, changes within the county judicial system are imminent.
Commissioners and county salary board members on Tuesday voted to eliminate two county intermediate punishment program [IPP] positions and create two additional adult probation officer positions.
RIDGWAY â€“ Restoration work and exterior repairs are still underway on the courthouse clock tower in downtown Ridgway.
Commissioners recently approved a change order for $18,000 to replace damaged artificial slate.
Patricia Jeanne Clifford â€śJeanneâ€ť, 85, of 78 Station St., Daguscahonda, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Utica, daughter of the late Otto Fredericks and Genevieve Cratty Stitzinger.