May 25th, 2011
John W. Gaskill, 82, of 808 Washington St., St. Marys, and a resident of Pinecrest Manor, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 11, 1929 in Trenton, N.J., son of the late Floyd and Anna Yeager Gaskill.
On April 5, 1973, in Ridgway, he married Jeanne D. Dippold, who survives.
A total of 20 local athletes will be competing this weekend in the PIAA track and field championships set for Shippensburg University.
Elk Catholic will be represented by 12 athletes while St. Marys Area will have eight athletes competing.
Elk Catholicâ€™s Megan Dornisch will be the top seed in the girlsâ€™ AA shot put with a mark of 44â€™4.75â€ť. Megan is the defending state champ in this event. She is seeded second in the girlsâ€™ AA discus with a throw of 134â€™10â€ť.
Kennedy Weisner of ECC is seeded second in the 800 run with a time of 2:17.81 and third in the 1600 run with a time of 5:07.26.
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series on the renovation and expansion project at Elk Regional Health Center.
ST. MARYS - Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC), set to begin its $10.3 million renovation and expansion in the next month, has pursued several avenues of funding for the project.
The Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Resident (PEER) program was recently implemented at Silver Creek Terrace in St. Marys. Through the program, eight residents of the facility participated in 10 hours of training conducted two hours at a time over the course of five weeks. A graduation ceremony for these individuals was held in March.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney provided numerous program and maintenance updates, as well as congratulatory comments, during this month's school board meeting.
A concert was held recently at the high school, with proceeds benefitting the Chris Forster Memorial Scholarship Fund. Students raised $800 for the fund. Kearney said she appreciated the work of Zak Brenniman, Evan Gerg and Ben Schneider for their musical entertainment at the event.
RIDGWAY - The Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) held a Refresh Rally to gather support from the community for the chance to win $25,000 on Thursday. Pepsi is funding the most voted-for ideas on their Refresh website by ranking each idea by its number of votes; the idea with the most votes receives the check. Beginning at 9 a.m., ECCOTA gathered the willing fingers of passersby and encouraged them to vote for their idea via the internet at (http://www.refresheverything.com/eccotaridgway, or by texting 105979 to 73774.
Lamont H. Gray, 84, of River Road, Weedville, died Monday, May 23, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
He was born June 18, 1926, in Sterling Run, son of the late Harry W. and Edith D. (Ives) Gray.
He married Valjean (Wonderling) Gray, who survives. The couple enjoyed 51 years of marriage.
William H. Frutiger, 80, of Penfield, died on Monday, May 23, 2011 at DuBois Nursing Home.
He was born on October 22, 1930, in Bradford.Â
He was married to the late Carolyn A. (Moate) Frutiger, to whom he was married for 58 years.Â She preceded him in death on May 27, 2004.
He was a Pipeliner by trade and worked hard his entire life.
Theresa L. Agosti, 93, of Pine Avenue, Force, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Christ the King Manor, DuBois, following an illness over the past year.
She was born Oct. 12, 1917 in Force, daughter of the late Charles and Josephine (Andresak) Michuck.
On Feb. 3, 1940, she married George A. Agosti, who preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1972.
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on the renovation and expansion project at Elk Regional Health Center.
ST. MARYS - The long-awaited expansion and renovation of Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC) has begun, with bids recently opened and construction slated for early summer.