Photo by Amy Cherry
This Washington Street home is ready for the holidays with a front-yard display featuring a packed Santa's sleigh being pulled by two reindeer, snowmen relaxing on the porch and a Christmas tree in the front window.
George "Pizza" Pirraglia, 62, of Bennetts Valley Highway, Penfield, died late Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 31, 1949 in DuBois, son of the late Anthony "Dent" and Dolly (Cota) Pirraglia.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen basketball team picked up their first win of the season in their home opener on Wednesday evening, defeating the Port Allegany Gators 66-35.
"It was excellent," said St. Marys coach Mark Guido of the winning their home opener. "[I'm] real happy with the effort tonight. I thought our defense really set the tone early. We were able to get Port Allegany out of their rhythm, and I thought that was real important. They got frustrated and tired early."
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team raised their record to 2-0 on the young season as they won their home opener last night over the Johnsonburg Ramettes by a 52-39 score.
After Elk Catholic took a 17-8 first-period lead, the Ramettes battled back in the second quarter to take a slim 24-23 lead at the half.
The second half found Elk Catholic outscoring Johnsonburg 29-15 to win the game.
The St. Marys Area gymnastics squad opened their season Wednesday night with an 110.55 to 98.7 victory over the Ridgway gymnasts in a meet held at the St. Marys Area Middle School.
â€śWe were pleasantly surprised that the team was able to pull off the win with such a young, inexperienced squad. The girls did pretty good in trying to keep the first-meet jitters under control, but you could definitely tell they were not all comfortable competing for the first time, especially on the balance beam,â€ť said St. Marys coach Irene McCandless.
WEEDVILLE. â€“Â On the morning of Oct. 26, it was discovered that the Gardner Hill Community Church in Weedville had been vandalized overnight. During that incident, a table and stereo were taken and a dead deer was left inside the church. The incident was subsequently investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Game Commission and charges were filed against five individuals through District Judge Wilhelm's office on Dec. 12.
An email and text message alert sent out by the St. Marys Area School District (SMASD) through its automated emergency text/email notification systemÂ informing recipients of the "attempt to pass voucher charter school expansion legislation next week" and instructing them to contact their legislators and "tell them to vote no on vouchers" has come under fire for what some perceive as misuse of a public address system intended for emergency purposes only.
During the recent Fox Township Supervisors meeting, supervisors said the township was recently made aware through a letter that Veolia Environment in France, owner of the Greentree Landfill, will be ceasing operations of its solid waste business in North America.
Veolia's board of directors approved the decision and the company will be actively moving forward with finding an appropriate buyer for Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc.
Lawrence J. "Skinny" Wolfe, 90, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, and formerly of 407 Blaine Ave., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 following a lengthy illness.
He was born on April 11, 1921 in Johnsonburg, son of the late John and Susan Ruben Wolfe.
He married Christine Amacher on July 4, 1942 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg. She survives.
Pauline E. Bowers, 54, of 8 Gillouly Ave., Ridgway, died unexpectedly at her residence on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
She was born March 30, 1957 in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Ralph and Janet Johnson Amacher. On August 7, 1976, she married Richard â€śBillâ€ť Bowers, who survives.
Mrs. Bowers was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of the Faith United Church of Christ and the Women of the Moose. She had been employed at the Ridgway Eagles and the Ridgway Moose. She enjoyed crocheting and she was an assistant soccer coach at Ridgway Area High School.