June 12th, 2012
RIDGWAY - At Monday's meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force held at the new 911 Center in Ridgway, McKean County Emergency Management Agency Director Bruce Manning gave task force members an update of efforts to educate first responders about natural gas and oil sites.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“Â "The only disappointment tonight was that we didn't show our best," said ECC baseball coach Tom Zampogna following the Crusaders' 17-0, six-inning loss to the Bishop McCort Crushers on Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney. "Whether we lost or won isn't so much the disappointment-- it's the fact that I know we've got a better team than what we brought to the field tonight."
Zampogna's remarks summed up the Crusaders' efforts in the PIAA Class A Western Final match-up.
Robert (Bob) Alan Cheatle, 67, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
He was born in St. Marys on April 3, 1945, son of the late Vernon Jerome Cheatle and Ann Matilda (Young) Cheatle.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors unanimously voted in favor of the district's 2012 - 2013 general fund budget at Monday's meeting of the Board.
A preliminary version of the budget was first presented for review in March, with
Elk County Catholic High School freshman Tony Hanes captured first place for his editorial cartoon as part of a national competition.
"It shows how America is in debt and how we always rely on China to get us out," Hanes explained his cartoon.
The winning cartoon depicts U.S. President Barack Obama stranded in a hole referred to as "Debt Valley" while being rescued by a helicopter with "China" inscribed on it.
FOX TWP. - A massive show of community support for the 2012 Elk County Relay for Life was on display at the Fox Township Community Park on Friday during the opening ceremony of the 24-hour event.
Emcee Roben Daghir said the goals were to increase awareness of cancer in the area and raise the funds needed to combat the disease, and termed the event was a "big success." Monetary donations for this year's event totaled roughly $13,450.
In addition to new development, the downtown area has also been altered by fires throughout the community's history.
Local historian Ray Beimel discussed several of the more prominent fires that impacted the Erie Avenue area during a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center.
The earliest fire detailed by Beimel during his presentation occurred on the afternoon of July 25, 1880. According to Beimel, the fire began in the apartment located above the Coryell and Russ' store, which he indicated was located where Dr. Jolly's office is today.
Hilda J. Gasbarre, 81, of 121 Polk Ave., Ridgway, died early Monday morning, June 11, 2012, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
She was born June 24, 1930, in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Walter J. and Grace (Meise) Winters. She married Gene L. Gasbarre on Dec. 28, 1950; he survives. She had resided in Ridgway for the last 65 years and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.
Hilda enjoyed playing bingo and watching Pittsburgh sports. She had been employed at Quality Components for 30 years.
James P. Raybuck, 82, of 428 Smith St., Ridgway, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born Jan. 21, 1930, in Ridgway, the son of Clair and Elbirta Penfield Raybuck.
On Nov. 29, 1958, in Brookville, he married Lena Dunn, who survives.
Mr. Raybuck had resided most of his life in Ridgway. He was Methodist by faith. He was a member of the American Legion and the Ridgway Elks. He had been employed as a train conductor with the Pennsy Railroad.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Patricia A. Rees Covel, 80, of Pinecrest Manor, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at her residence following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 5, 1931 in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Paul and Cecilia Scherer Rees.
On Aug. 6, 1960, she married Harry N. Covel; he survives.
Mrs. Covel was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and the Good Samaritan Society. She was a graduate of St. Leoâ€™s School. She had been employed at United Natural Gas until 1960.