March 30th, 2011
James F. Bliskey, 60, of Troy, Michigan, and formerly of Pittsburgh, died on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in Troy, Michigan.
He was the son of the late Eloy and Dolores "Curl" Bliskey.
Besides his wife, Cynthia Bliskey, he is survived by the following children, Jodie Sesi, James Bliskey Jr., Brian Bliskey and Becky Dominguez; six grandchildren, Caleb, Wyatt, Mia, Mackenna, Noah and Landon; two sisters, Grace Corcoran and Mary Anne O'Donnell; numerous nieces and nephews; and by his faithful Beagle, Patches.
The Elk County Catholic track and field teams opened their season Tuesday by hosting the Punxsutawney squads.
The Punxsy teams swept the Elk Catholic squads. The Chucks beat the Crusaders 82-68 while the Lady Chucks edged the Lady Crusaders 76.5 to 73.5.
â€śWe had a good opening meet today,â€ť said ECCHS Coach John Schneider.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders opened the 2011 tennis season on Tuesday afternoon with an 8-1 victory over the Johnsonburg Area High Rams in a match played at Benzinger and Memorial parks.
"This was a good start to the season," said ECCHS Head Coach Nick Caggiano. "We definitely wanted to come on strong and I believe we accomplished that. In singles, Ben and Jarid played strong tennis and imposed their game well. They were patient when they had to be and aggressive when they had to be.
Jean â€śMinnieâ€ť (Bricen) Lander, 84, of the Elk Haven Nursing Home, St.Marys, died on Monday, March 28, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.
She was born on June 28, 1926 in Weedville, daughter of the late Thomas and Agnes (Gardner) Bricen.
She lived all of her life in Elk County. She worked as a nurse's aide for Ridgway and St. Marys hospitals and Helpmates. She worked as a bar manager or waitress at Ridgway Country Club, Peacock Lounge of St. Marys and Aiello's CafĂ© of Ridgway.
Vincent Drago, 102, of Portland Mills Road, Ridgway, and formerly of St. Louis, Missouri, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center after complications from pneumonia.
He was born in Palermo, Sicily on Jan. 1, 1909, son of the late Luigi and Mattia Calamia Drago.
Long-time Elk County Solid Waste Authority member Wendell Lion announced his resignation from the group during its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon. Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner indicated that Lion, a resident of St. Marys, has served on the board for over 20 years.
For his part, Lion attributed his age as the major reason behind his resignation.
The cast and crew of the St. Marys Area High School's musical, "Beauty and the Beast," are putting the finishing touches on a "tale as old as time." The first performance will take place on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
Additional show times of the Disney production are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening, also at 7 p.m, inside the high school's Carpin Auditorium. A special Saturday matinee is being held at 2 p.m., where any child under the age of 12 dressing as a Disney character will receive half off their ticket cost.
The committee of City Solicitor Mark Jacob, St. Marys Planning Commission member Matt Quesenberry, City Zoning Officer Matt Pfeufer and City Councilman Dan Hepner presented recommendations regarding how the city can move forward to regulate future oil and gas drilling in certain areas of the city to a joint meeting of city council and the planning commission on Tuesday evening.
The committee came up with the following recommendations:
The Elk County Conservation District recently received two grants to help fund the Elk County Monitoring Project.
The district received a grant for $146,000 from the Colcom Foundation and $65,000 from the Stackpole Hall Foundation.
The monitoring project is designed to keep an eye on stream conditions in the wake of the Marcellus Shale drilling. The total project cost for the 4-year program is estimated at $329,330.
A recent blood and bone marrow registry drive held in honor of Penfield resident George "Pizza" Pirraglia was so successful that another event has been scheduled for April. The upcoming blood and bone marrow registry drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the Grange building in Penfield. As before, it is being organized by the American Red Cross; DKMS Bone Marrow Center; Hahne Regional Medical Center; DuBois Regional Medical Center; and friends of Pirraglia.