November 28th, 2013
RIDGWAY â€“ The recently-passed transportation bill will increase the state's dirt and gravel road fund seven fold, raising its allocation from $5 million to $35 million.
Willis G. Smith, 85, of 1678 Bucktail Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at the Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 30, 1928, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph E. and Dorothy M. Gleixner Smith.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a retired supervisor at Sylvania for many years.
On Nov. 18, 1952, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Grace A. Taylor, who preceded him in death on June 23, 2001.
Grady J. Cherry of 257 Rasselas Rd., Wilcox, died on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in DuBois, the son of Stephen and Heather Tressler Cherry.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Johnsonburg.
Grady James fought for nine days for his family to get to know him. He was brave and determined and never gave up until the last moment. He is God's angel and proved that miracles really do happen even if they only last nine days.
Gary A. Meyer, 61, of 500 Elm St., Weedville, and formerly of St. Marys, died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at Elk Regional Health Center after battling a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug 16, 1952 in St. Marys, a son of Rita M. Erich Meyer, who survives, and the late James E. Meyer.
On Feb. 13, 1996, he married Jeanne Wicks Meyer, who survives.
Gary was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from St. Marys Area High School.
Whether area residents like it or not winter weather has officially arrived in St. Marys, and the first snowfalls of the season typically go hand-in-hand with complaints about winter road maintenance.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, in addition to the roughly 76 miles of roads in St. Marys that are maintained by the city, there are also various state roads within the city limits that are under PennDOT's jurisdiction.
"We work closely with PennDOT to see that those things are taken care of," Greene said.
This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature a familiar face as Corporal Liz Dollinger, a 2011 St. Marys Area High School graduate, is set to march with the East Coast Composite Marine Band in which she plays clarinet. The band is projected to pass through the red carpet area of the parade at around 10:45 a.m.
J.R. Geitner, a Ridgway Borough Council member, attended the Elk County Solid Waste Authority's regular meeting on Tuesday afternoon in order to announce the council's decision to continue the borough's curbside recycling program.
The decision was made during an executive session on Monday evening and is reportedly final. Geitner was in favor of the decision along with council members Nina Stolburg, Heather Mader, and Frank Quattrone. Those voting against the resolution were Ralph Dussia, John Casolo and Rich Parrish.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Board of Commissioners on Monday morning voted to accept a proposed 2014 budget with a one-mill increase, the first hike since 2009. The budget will be displayed for 20 days at the commissioners' office in the Courthouse Annex along Center Street in Ridgway.
Following another successful Light Up Night this year, Santa Paws was able to raise $102, which will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Pictured with Santa Paws is Cailan Lenze.
Anyone who had their photo taken with Santa Paws but has not yet received it via email can contact Barb Cunningham at email@example.com.
Six officers from Elk County Catholic High School's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter were among over 800 students who attended the FBLA State Leadership Workshop at the Penn State Hotel and Conference Center in State College on Nov. 10-11.