January 30th, 2011
Eleanor R. "Boogie" Byers, 84, of 7190 Ridgway-St. Marys Rd., Ridgway, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 11, 1926 in Clearfield, daughter of the late John and Ruth (Ardary) Dush.
She married Maurice S. "Fats" Byers on Dec. 12, 1949, and he preceded her in death.
LeRoy E. Bedford Jr., 45, of East Main Street, Ridgway, died unexpectedly at home on Friday, January 28, 2011.
He was born Feb. 25, 1965 in Ridgway, a son of the late LeRoy E. and Jean (Stelene) Bedford Sr.
Â He is survived by three children, Chastity Bennett of Massachusetts, Hope Bedford of North Carolina and Kacie Bedford of Crosby; seven grandchildren; a sister, Debra Eck of Jersey Shore; and several nieces and nephews, including Alisha Bedford of Williamsport.
The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce recognized the 2010 Businesses of the Year during the organization's 27th annual dinner held Saturday evening at the Red Fern.
Northwest Savings Bank and The Elk County Community Foundation took home top honors in the large and small business categories, respectively. Runners-up included Community Nurses, Inc. (large) and the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home (small).
A sizable crowd gathered at Elk County Catholic High School on Saturday morning for the seventh annual ECC Cheer Frenzy.
According to Marlene Stubber, competition director, 14 teams participated in this year's event.
"I was very happy [with the turnout]. I think the gym was full and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun," Stubber said. "The teams had clean performances [Saturday], which is always a nice bonus. All the team members worked so hard and it's nice to see when they can hit their routine to the best of their ability, and I think we had a lot of clean routines."
This February, the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous will turn 12 years old. The popular event runs from Feb. 19-26.
While the event has evolved over the years, so has the planning, as committee members' efficiency constantly improves.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Sugarcane, at 418 Center St. in downtown Johnsonburg, is bringing a big-city approach to the Paper City.
The Sugarcane is not only a fresh-cut floral shop, but a one-stop shop for specialty items, offering everything from high-end bath and body products and candles to silk arrangements, with gifts at affordable prices.
"We are proud to announce we are going to be the exclusive provider of B&G Organics, which are handmade bath and body products from the Carolinas," said Joyce DeVallance, owner and manager. "We will be the only one in the region to carry these."
LeRoy Swanson, 84, of 151 Dagus Mines Rd., Kersey, died Thursday evening, January 27, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born Jan. 18, 1927 in Dagus Mines, a son of the late Frederick and Christine Mosier Swanson.
On Feb. 7, 1948 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, he married the late Marcella Geitner Swanson, who preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 2005.
Gary E. Dias, 61, of Ridgway, died Jan. 28, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness.
He was born May 8, 1949 on Motherâ€™s Day in Ridgway, the son of the late Eugene Charles and Lucille Evelyn Shilk Dias.
On Jan. 22, 1970, he married Vicki Ann Ryan, who survives, at Faith United Church of Christ.
Touted as a "fitness party," the Zumba workout program is gaining popularity across the country, as well as on a local level. Licensed Zumba instructor Brandi Benden teaches classes four days a week at the St. Marys Boys and Girls Club, while fellow certified instructor and Curves of St. Marys owner Peggi Yeager plans to incorporate Zumba classes into the gym's circuit beginning on Feb. 10.
Jerry W. Daley, assistant chief probation officer for Elk County, was awarded a citation Friday from State Rep. Matt Gabler in recognition of his retirement and 24 years of public service.
â€śI'd like to present this citation, whereas the House of Representatives of Pa. has always tried to acknowledge those individuals who give professional excellence and bring great credit to themselves and this Commonwealth,â€ť Gabler said.