February 22nd, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ Jenny Richards, VSO/assistant in Elk County's Veterans Affairs office, is retiring this Friday.
She has been on the job for five years for the county, and previously worked in the assessment office for four years.
"The best thing about this job is seeing how grateful the veterans are for every little thing we do," she said. "It's really impressive."
Arnold E. â€śArchieâ€ť Secco, 84, of 19343 Bennetts Valley Hwy., Weedville, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at Penn Highlands DuBois after a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 18, 1930 in Kersey, son of the late Amilcare and Ida Canton Secco.
On July 21, 1955 in the St. Josephâ€™s Church in Force, he married Rose Marie Zambanini, who survives. This year would have marked their sixtieth wedding anniversary.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders advanced to the semifinals of the District 9 Class A basketball tournament with a 77-41 victory over the Union Knights Friday night in a game played at the DuBois Area High School.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders faced the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals for the second time in a week and the third time this season on Friday night in a District 9 Class A quarterfinal matchup held at Brockway Area High School. Just as in their first two meetings, the undefeated ECC girls dispatched the Lady Cardinals, this time by the score of 48-26.
RIDGWAY â€“ In what Elk County Veterans Affairs Director Leslie Neal calls a "step in the right direction," the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has now included non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as a presumptive illness for blue water veterans serving during the Vietnam War.
The VA assumes that certain diseases can be related to a veteranâ€™s qualifying military service, called "presumptive diseases."
Those missing playful winter days are encouraged to attend Winterfest featuring such activities as ice skating and snowman building as well as treats including hot chocolate, cookies, hot dogs, drinks and s'mores around a fire.
Winterfest is taking place Sunday, March 1 at Kaulmont Park in St. Marys from 1-3 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public and is being hosted by the Elk County Volunteer Alliance.
In addition, the park offers complimentary ice skates to borrow as well as a warming area to change into skates.
Randy Wagner hails from Spillville, Iowa and started chainsaw carving for his love of art and the chainsaw. â€śItâ€™s quick gratificationâ€ť when you can create a sculpture in the relatively short period of time it takes to carve with the chainsaw. Busy during the warmer months in pest control and lawn care, Wagner is attending his first Rendezvous in hopes of picking up some tips and learning more advanced techniques in one of his winter time occupations which also includes ice fishing and trapping along the Mississippi
Charlotte Rueger Woodley, 88, of 119 Iron Run Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 in Scranton.
She was born Jan. 29, 1927 in Lucerne, Switzerland, daughter of the late Ernst and Anna Bucher Rueger. On Nov. 25, 1949 in Ridgway Presbyterian Church, she was married to Clarence George Woodley who preceded her in death June 30, 2011.
Gibby Perantoni, 86, of Chandler, Ariz., died Feb. 18, 2015.
He was formerly a resident of Johnsonburg and the son of the late Ermine (bleach) and Evelyn Perantoni.
He was born March 18, 1928. He married Mary J. Borrello on Sept. 23, 1950, she preceded him in death June 30, 1987.
He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Japan. He had a local band â€śThe Four Guysâ€ť and loved entertaining people with his piano. In his later years he loved listening to his radio and stayed current with all the news.
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