March 24th, 2011
Jerome E. Gerg Sr., 81, of 345 Toby Rd., Kersey, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born March 9, 1930 in Dagus Mines, son of the late Gerald and Anna Bauer Gerg.
On Jan. 20, 1955, in Pittsburgh, he married Nancy L. Smail, who preceded him in death on May 25, 2007.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Boniface School. He was a retired employee of Dick Eazor Chevrolet in Brockway.
George Nicholas "Nick" Briggs, 78, of Lynchburg, Va., died Wednesday, March 23, 2011.
He was born Feb. 1, 1933, in Massillon, Ohio, a son of the late William Briggs and Ruby Nell Briggs.
He was husband of the late Sara Henley Briggs for 51 years.
Area residents have probably noticed by now that older trees located on the Diamond were recently removed and replaced with younger, healthier trees. City Councilman Rick Gabler commented briefly on the matter during Monday evening's city council meeting.
Gabler remarked that council members had received e-mails about the plan to remove the trees, an action that was completed earlier this month.
According to a release that was previously issued by the city's Shade Tree Commission, the trees that were removed were a Norway maple and a Red maple.
Patrick Watkavitch, 20, of Weedville, along with 707 fellow Penn State students, succeeded in raising just over $9.5 million for The Four Diamonds Fund, an organization committed to conquering pediatric cancer. Their efforts were all part of the annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
Affectionately referred to as THON, the event is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, having raised more than $78 million since 1977.
Members of the Cameron and Elk Counties Local Housing Options Team [LHOT] have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Housing Expo, the first of its kind offered by the group, on April 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at Central Hose Company along North Broad Street in Ridgway.
The expo will showcase builders, contractors, realtors, financing mechanisms and services available to the seasoned homeowner, first-time homebuyer, landlords and renters.
The event is still in need of area participants.
Building owner Edward J. Aiello said Tuesday night that cleanup will begin today at the site of the fire that engulfed the 3-story brick building at 205 Main St. in downtown Ridgway.
"We've had opinions from the fire department and the police but we need to bring in a structural engineer to see if the building can be saved," Aiello said. "We're not going to wait around long on this."
Pa. State Police officials gave Aiello permission Tuesday to begin to clean up the site both inside and out.
The City of St. Marys is still pursuing selling water to companies in the Marcellus drilling industry, according to City Manager Dave Greene. Greene provided members of city council with an update on Monday evening regarding the progress the city has made in finding interested drilling companies to purchase effluent water, which has been treated and discharged from the city's wastewater treatment plant.
In an effort to give back to the local community, the St. Marys Pharmacy/Home Medical has chosen to become a major sponsor as part of the 2011 Elk County Relay for Life, a program of the American Cancer Society (ACS).
As part of this venture, St. Marys Pharmacy (SMP) recently donated $1,000 to the American Cancer Society. In addition, the business also established its own Relay for Life team.
SMP Relay Captain Kari Ryan announced the businesses' sponsorship of the event during the March 8 monthly meeting of ACS Relay teams.
Contrary to a number of rumors City Manager Dave Greene indicated are making their way around town, work is still underway on the Depot Street parking garage and the project deadline has not been extended from its original completion date of the first week of July.
Greene addressed rumors about the project during city council's meeting on Monday evening.
St. Marys resident Jerry Marshall inquired at the meeting about rumors that work on the project has stopped because the workers were not being paid and had walked off the job.
Bob Yoder addressed members of city council on Monday evening on behalf of St. Marys Hospitality to bring them up to speed on issues surrounding the downtown hotel project.
Todd Hanes, owner of the former location of The Station Inn, located along Depot Street, had addressed council earlier this month and asked for their assistance on moving the project forward. At that meeting, council members had indicated that they planned to request that Yoder attend a meeting to explain why he had not closed on any of the properties.