February 1st, 2012
Being able to touch Abraham Lincoln's Bible used during presidential inaugurations or reading an authentic journal of a Civil War soldier were just two things St. Marys Area Middle School teacher Cherri Gigliotti never imagined were possible until she attended the Library of Congress Summer Teachers Institute.
As part of the five-day institute held in Washington, D.C. throughout the summer, participants are permitted an all-access pass to the Library of Congress' vast archives.
RIDGWAY - At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, the authority reorganized for 2012. After the meeting began, the members immediately went into executive session to discuss personnel matters, with no official action taken.
Russ Braun was reappointed as chairman of the authority, Robin Dubler as vice-chair and John Moran as secretary. Jim DeVittorio will continue as the authority's solicitor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite being born in the Philadelphia area, Gov. Tom Corbett insists he is a western Pennsylvania man by heart who has observed Groundhog Day since he was a child.
"When I was young, we had only three TV stations, and one of them we couldn't get â€” not in North Hills," said Corbett, the second sitting Pennsylvania governor to attend Groundhog Day. "We always hope for more winter and snow so we could play outside."
While the logging industry has played a pivotal role in the Commonwealth's economic development and prosperity, with the housing market down and lumber prices falling local loggers like Shawn Sheeley of 4S Logging and Lumber, Inc. of Kersey have had to find additional ways of making ends meet.
The focus of Sheeley's business has shifted from lumber sales to more of the land-clearing services needed in a range of projects, from abandoned mine reclamation to natural gas well site construction.
Wilfred E. "Buck" Eckert Sr., 95, of 351 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys, and formerly of the Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road in Johnsonburg,
died peacefully on Tuesday evening, January 31, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Jan. 10, 1917 in St. Marys, a son of the late Edward and Rose Brechtel Eckert. On Oct. 6, 1962 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Greta Dorio Eckert, who survives.
The St. Marys Area gymnastics squad closed out their home season with a 128.2-120 loss to the Altoona squad.
â€śOverall the meet went pretty well. I was pretty pleased with the girlsâ€™ performances,â€ť said St. Marys coach Irene McCandless.
RIDGWAY â€“ At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, a lengthy discussion was held concerning the possible hire of a worker(s) to aid in the running of the Elk County Community Recycling Center in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. The Elk County Commissioners were also present at the meeting to give their input on the matter.
CAPSEA, Inc. [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse] has conveniently-placed Wish List drop-off boxes at three Northwest Savings Bank locations as part of an annual drive to assist in supplying abuse victims staying in the Ridgway shelter with the basic necessities.
Wish List drop-off boxes are located at the Ridgway, St. Marys and Johnsonburg Northwest Savings Bank office locations.
Wish List items include household items, cleaning supplies, paper products, food, gift cards for victims, and both drugstore and children's needs.
While January may have been designated as Thyroid Awareness Month, the thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam's apple, is important to individuals' health year-round.
According to information provided by Elk Regional Health Center, "although relatively small, the thyroid gland influences the function of many of the body's most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and skin. Ensuring that the thyroid glad is healthy and functioning properly is important to the body's overall well-being."
Gloria M. Gigliotti, 82, of 6524 Ridgway-Johnsonburg Rd., Johnsonburg, died Monday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2012, at her residence following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 11, 1929 in Johnsonburg, daughter of Lewis Olmstead and Leona Norlin Olmstead McMahon. On Feb. 10, 1951, she married Frank J. "Spider" Gigliotti in Ridgway; he preceded her in death April 26, 1999.