June 5th, 2014
Firefighters, auxiliary members and area residents have been chipping in to clean up the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds following the May 21 flood that ravaged the area.
Water line stains on some of the structures at the grounds shows that the floodwaters were at least three to four feet high in some areas.
"You can just imagine how bad it was with the water line that high, everything was just flooded," said Keith Mader Jr., president of the Ridgway Fire Department.
Freda Alice (Thacher) Shutters, â€śAliceâ€ť to most, died Sunday, June 1, 2014.
She was born on March 20, 1937 to the late Freida and John Thacher in Millstone Township, Elk County, in Pennsylvania.
She graduated from Ridgway High School. Alice wed Alvin Shutters Sr. on Sept. 12, 1959. She worked at Stackpole Corporation for many years, and later for BiLo grocery store.
Helen A. Predko, 92, formerly of 1028 North Broad St., Ridgway, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 9, 1921 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Stowick) Yando. She married Joseph Predko on Feb. 9, 1944, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 7, 1992. She resided in Ridgway all her life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.
Goldie "Malamati" (nee Kalambukas) Gioulekas, 92, died Monday, June 2, 2014.
She was the beloved wife of the late Constantinos Gioulekas; loving mother of Vickie Gioulekas, Klee (Patricia) Gioulekas, Anna (Markos) Bahas and Markos Gioulekas; cherished grandmother of Constantinos, Olympia, Rosanna (Raymond) Kollidas, Malamati, Leontios, Constantina, Christian, Constandina and Anna; adored great-grandmother of Petros, Markos, Tasos and Leontios Kollidas; dearest sister of the late Andrew (late Colleen) Kalambukas; also survived by nieces and nephews.
FOX TWP. â€“ Several Fox Township residents living on David Street have expressed their concern about a troublesome ditch running behind their properties which has been the cause of several issues.
The group was in attendance at Wednesday evening's Fox Township Supervisors meeting where they were adamant about finding a solution to the ongoing problem.
Signups for the Summer Reading Program at the St. Marys Public Library are currently underway, and the program's kickoff event, "Fizz, Boom, Science with Sean," will be held at the library on Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
This year's theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read," and the programs and activities offered throughout the summer will all be geared toward science in some way.
"We'll be doing things on electricity and magnification and magnets and making tin robots. We have a lot of really cool activities planned," said Vicki Miller, who is in charge of children's services at the library.
Della Christine Swesey, 91, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, died at Elk Haven Nursing Home on Saturday, May 31, 2014 afternoon following a lengthy illness.
She was born June 5, 1922 in Shawmut, a daughter of the late Oden and Della Lindenmuth Clouser.
On Dec. 10, 1945, in Winchester, Va., she married the late Vere "Jim" Swesey.
Kevin G. Petrocchi, 53, of 104 Mark Ln., Kersey, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
He was born Nov. 8, 1960 in Ridgway, son of the late Joseph S. Petrocchi and Anna T. Pasi Petrocchi who survives of Kersey.
On Aug. 3, 1985 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, he married Mary E. Parana, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area, was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1978, and attended Penn State DuBois. He was an employee of Morgan AM&T with over 30 years of service.
Nicholas J. Cousins, 24, of 1410 Bucktail Trail, St. Marys, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Spring Run as a result of a four-wheeler accident.
He was born Jan. 2, 1990 in DuBois, son of Brian K. Cousins of Byrnedale and Dawn Gray Cousins of St. Marys. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 2008. He was an employee of Keystone Powdered Metals and was a former employee of Atlas for three years, working on oil rigs.
Now that another school years has ended, summer seasons are once again underway at area parks.
Benzinger Park Director John Schneider reported that a number of activities at that location actually began prior to the end of the school year. The park's coed sand volleyball league for adults began on Wednesday, May 28, with the high school coed sand volleyball league and the men's basketball league opening their seasons the following day. The women's basketball league began play on Monday.