September 24th, 2012
RIDGWAY - A St. Marys man convicted of 189 counts of burglary and related charges stemming from a multitude of burglaries committed at camps throughout Elk, McKean, and Cameron counties was sentenced Monday in Elk County Court to serve no less than 11 years, 3 months and no more than 30 years in state prison.
According to court documents filed on March 12, 2012, St. Marys Country Club President James R. Slay filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the club closed on Aug. 31.
The voluntary petition was filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, and listed Slay as the debtor. According to the petition, the club is a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code and has both estimated assets and liabilities between $500,000 and $1 million.
Area business owner and entrepreneur Peggy Caruso wants to help others achieve their own business and personal goals, and has recently hung out her shingle as a life coach to assist area residents in forging that path.
Caruso said the idea of a life coach may be foreign in this neck of the woods, but was quick to explain that it is not therapy and many people who have already reached major milestones, such as top executives, use it to target what they want to do and where they want to go as they continue on their journey through life.
Ina F. "Babe" Stonik, 91, of Christ the King Manor in DuBois and formerly of Medix Run, died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at Christ the King Manor.
She was born Jan. 24, 1921 in Medix Run, daughter of the late Gustave and Elva (Higgins) Snyder. She married Bernard John Stonik on March 15, 1941. He died on Nov. 4, 2004.
Ina lived most of her life in Medix Run, Nelson's Golden Years and Christ the King Manor. She was a homemaker, loving mother, artist and early environmentalist. She enjoyed reading, was a great cat lover and was a lifetime member of the Society of Henry Wolcott.
William (Gussie) Gusmerotti, 63, of Ridgway, died Friday night, September 21, 2012 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
William was born Feb. 17, 1949 in DuBois, the son of the late Isaac and Maria (Bleggi) Gusmerotti. Â
William worked at Weyerhaeuser in Ridgway and Keystone Carbon in St. Marys.Â He also was employed many years at Ridgway Dry Cleaner. He was an active member of the Ridgway Moose Club. Â
Saturday marked the first day of autumn, and the cool and dreary morning was filled with intermittent periods of rain throughout an extremely physical girls' soccer match at the SMAHS soccer field between the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch and the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders. In the end, ECC was able to replicate their performance of a week ago in the Bucktail Tournament and again defeat the Lady Dutch by a 3-0 score.
David Ponist, 76, of 947 Hickory Rd., St. Marys, died at his home on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 15, 1936 in Coalport, a son of the late Joseph and Frances Smoko Ponist.
On July 2, 1966, in Queen of the World Church, he married Patricia Lecker Ponist, who survives.
Alice M. Johnson, 83, of 300 Russ Lane, St. Marys, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at her residence after a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 31, 1929, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Lawrence and Rose Fritz Lechner.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.
On Feb. 18, 1950, in the St. Mary's Church, she married Clifford W. "Skip" Johnson, who survives.
Alice was a member of the St. Mary's Church. She was a housewife who took pride in keeping an impeccable home for her family.
Emma Scarano Hau, 89, of 603 North West St., Coudersport, died Saturday night, Sept. 22, 2012 at her residence following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 25, 1923, in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Vincent and Josephine Cerro Scarano.
On July 10, 1953 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, she married William J. Hau, who preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 2007.
Formerly of Johnsonburg, she resided in Coudersport for the past three years. She graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1941, graduated from Villa Maria College in Erie, and attended Temple University in Philadelphia.
STRATTANVILLE - The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team shut out the Clarion-Limestone Lions by a 35-0 score Friday night.
The Dutchmen scored on four of their first five possessions last night to build a 28-0 halftime lead.
The Dutch scored early in the third period to take a 35-0 lead and put the mercy rule into effect.
â€śThis was a good rebound for us after last weekâ€™s loss,â€ť said St. Marys coach Joe Schlimm. â€śWe were up against an undermanned team and I feel for them.â€ť