January 5th, 2015
Pro Football Playoff Roundup
Carolina (8-8-1) 27 vs
Arizona (11-6) 16
Icy conditions on Saturday morning may have impacted the plans of some area residents, but it did not stop Jay Paterno, son of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno, from making the trek from State College to St. Marys.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ On Sunday, Billy Martin's Cole All-Star Circus kicked off its 2015 circus tour by performing their premiere show at the Johnsonburg Area High School gymnasium.
The opening performance for the 2015 tour kicked off with a 90-minute performance with performers showing off a wide variety of skills to a crowd of 105 area adults who were accompanied by a myriad of children who got into the show free with adult admission.
This year's show featured a variety of acts including a juggling family, aerial performers and a contortionist.
James A. Hoffman, 90, formerly of 1935 Bear Creek Rd., Ridgway, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at Pinecrest Manor where he resided for the past three years.
He was born April 18, 1924 in Ridgway, son of the late Charles A. and Estella E. (Cousins) Hoffman.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a sergeant with the 310th Signal Operations Battalion in the European Theatre.
He was self-employed for 42 years until his retirement in 1989 from Hoffman Roofing.
Eleanor L. Anderson, 84, of 1553 Mefferts Run Rd., Wilcox, died Friday evening, Jan. 2, 2015 at her residence following a short illness.
She was born Aug. 31, 1930 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Stanley and Helen Matula Machoviak.
On Sept. 15, 1957 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, she married Alton R. Anderson. He died Aug. 30, 1995.
She resided in Wilcox since 1951 and was formerly of Johnsonburg.
She graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1948. She was a member of Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg.
Amelia "Millie" Swackhammer, 81, of 185 Center St., Elk Towers, and formerly of Kersey, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at her residence.
She was born Jan. 13, 1933 in Benezette, daughter of the late John and Ann Benini Parisi. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Benezette High School. She was a former employee of the Keystone Carbon Co.
On Sept. 13, 1952, in the St. Michael's Church in DuBois, she married Leon R. Swackhammer who preceded her in death March 4, 2012.
Prior to Friday night's game against the Bradford Owls, the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen had been on the road so far all season aside from their pair of games last week in the Elk County Holiday Basketball Tournament. Perhaps to make up for lost time, they treated fans to a little bit of everything in what was arguably their real regular season home opener.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team remained unbeaten on the year as they handed the Sheffield Lady Wolverines a 68-19 Allegheny Mountain League North Division loss Friday night at the ECCHS gym.
Investigators have located multiple points of origin in an early morning blaze which heavily damaged a commercial building Friday in St. Marys.
Fire companies from across Elk County responded to 590 S. St. Marys St. in St. Marys throughout the morning.
The fire has been determined to be incendiary in nature according to the Ridgway-based state police. St. Marys City Police are assisting with the investigation which is currently ongoing.
The structure sustained damages estimated in excess of $500,000. It is currently owned by Chris W. Pistner, 47, of St. Marys
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