Paul Joseph â€śBogieâ€ť Biel, 62, of Old Kane Road, Wilcox, died unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, during the course of one of his favorite hobbies.
He was born Dec. 13, 1947, in Ridgway, son Olga (Damier) Biel of Wilcox, and the late Vincent Biel.
On Oct. 14, 1972, he married Donna Zawatski, who survives.
Early Wednesday morning, the Borough of Ridgway was faced with one of its worst floods since January of 1992.
Emergency Management and the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department decided at 4 a.m. Wednesday to activate the Emergency Operations Plan as the raging Clarion River flooded the West End of downtown Ridgway. The flooding forced the borough to close the Clarion River Bridge and many of the streets in downtown Ridgway, including Center Street, Vine Alley, the majority of West End, and Route 219 by Lindberg Furniture.
The Fox Township Supervisors plan to have a new topcoat applied to a multi-use court that was recently installed at the Fox Township Community Park in order to fix issues with the smoothness of its surface. During their monthly meeting on Wednesday evening the supervisors unanimously voted to officially contact the contractor who applied the initial topcoat, explain the situation, define the standard of flatness that is expected and inform him that the surface must meet that standard before he will be paid.
Area principals provided updates on their schools during a recent school board meeting.
South St. Marys Street Elementary Principal Bob Grumley said there were nearly 700 requests for parent-teacher conferences.Â
Grumley clarified that despite rumors, each grade level will host musical productions this year. Â
He noted the successful visit from the Mobile Ag Lab. The school's third grade classes participated in the lab. In conjunction with the event, Veronica Conrad, president of the Elk County Humane Society, hosted additional activities at the school.
William J. Ott, 80, of 430 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys, died on Monday morning, Nov. 29, 2010, at the Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.
He was born April 10, 1930, in St. Marys, son of the late John and Philomena (Minnie) Sweener Ott.
Walter C. "Charlie" Neilson, 71, of 424 Water Street Ext., Johnsonburg, formerly of Horner Road, Wilcox, died Saturday morning, Nov. 27, 2010, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following an illness of several days.
He was born Feb. 22, 1939, in Johnsonburg, son of the late Walter and Mary Heindl Neilson.
In 1981, he married Mary Detsch, who preceded him in death on May 21, 1986.
A ribbon-cutting was held Tuesday for a new 16-chair renal dialysis center located on the campus of Elk Regional Health System in St. Marys.
The newly constructed Renal CarePartners of St. Marys Dialysis Facility, situated behind the building housing Community Nurses, Inc. and ERHC's outpatient rehabilitation center, was designed with the goal of providing top-quality nephrology and renal dialysis services, and making those services more accessible and convenient to residents in the region.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority recently received a grant from the Stackpole Hall Foundation for necessary upgrades to the Community Recycling Center, which is located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. The authority rents the building from North Central.
According to Bekki Titchner, recycling and solid waste coordinator, the total amount of the grant is around $8,000.
"That is for setting up the heating in [the Community Recycling Center], as well as for a digital scale," Titchner said.
The North Central Workforce Investment Board recently held a seminar about available and upcoming careers within Pennsylvaniaâ€™s oil and gas extraction industry.
Members of numerous career agencies were in attendance, along with those involved with the North Central Gas and Oil Extraction Industry Partnership, which services 17 counties.
Grace M. McMahon, 92, of 308 Cobb St., Johnsonburg, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 at her residence.
She was born March 31, 1918 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late William and Anna Howard McMahon.
She resided in Johnsonburg all her life.
She graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1936 and was a member of the Holy Rosary Church's Cursillo movement.
She was employed by the Elk County Courthouse for 24 years, retiring in 1986.
She is survived by one niece, Barbara Bowley of Wilcox; and two great-nieces and one great-nephew.