March 18th, 2011
Kane native Jason Downey has felt the effects of several earthquakes during his 3Â˝ years as a schoolteacher in Japan.
But he knew right away that the â€śbig one" that rocked the island nation eight days ago wasnâ€™t like the others.
Downey told the Kane Republican that he was in the teachersâ€™ room at his school â€śwhen the quake hitâ€ť March 11.
â€śIt was 2:46 in the afternoon,â€ť Downey said. â€śAt first, I didnâ€™t think it was a big deal. We get over 2,000 earthquakes a year and most of them are over in 10 or 20 seconds."
Several area men and women have volunteered their smiling faces and entertaining personalities to raise money for Relay for Life of Elk County, which contributes to the American Cancer Society to support people with cancer and fund research efforts.
WEEDVILLE â€“Â Streetlight issues were a concern addressed by the Jay Township Supervisors during their recent monthly meeting.
The supervisors received a letter from Jay Township resident Christine Gavazzi, indicating that she was unhappy with the streetlight tax she was being assessed because she did not believe the light had any impact on her property.
In her letter, which was dated Feb. 16, Gavazzi stated, "We do not benefit at all from the light closest to our property. It doesn't seem fair to have to pay for a light when it doesn't provide any light for our property."
After being hit by a record 9.0 magnitude earthquake, a deadly 25-foot-high tsunami and a nuclear crisis, the people of Japan are in desperate need of help. The small island nation is facing immense destruction and devastation as thousands have been reported dead, with many still missing or injured, and at least half a million people left homeless.
Approximately 343,000 households are without electricity and nearly one million are without water. Supplies of fuel, medicine and other necessities are running short.
Dora M. Surra, 82, of 116 Zola Rd., Kersey, died Friday, March 18, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born June 6, 1928 in Coal Hollow, daughter of the late Antonio and Julia Gornati Cesa. On July 26, 1947, in the Guardian Angels Church in Coal Hollow, she married Leo J. Surra, who preceded her in death on March 31, 2000.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey schools. She was a retired employee of the Riverside Market.
Olga Marks Wildauer, 89, of Ridge Avenue, Falls Creek, died Thursday, March 17, 2011 at the DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born on July 24, 1921 in DuBois, daughter of the late John and Julia Marks.
In 1946, she married George A. Wildauer, who preceded her in death on Sept. 26, 2002.
She worked at the Jackson China Company in Falls Creek for many years. She also worked at Gray Printing Company and the DuBois Courier Express. She was a member of St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church. She was an artist and an occasional art instructor. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, and photography.
Diane Roberta "Bobbie" Benson, 51, of 212 South Brady Street, DuBois, and formerly of St. Marys, died on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 following a brief illness.
She was born March 31, 1959 in St. Marys, a daughter of Doris Williamson Lenox and the late Robert D. Lenox
On September 29, 1978, she married Bradley Benson, who survives.
William T. Johnson, 79, of 824 Cardinal Road, St. Marys, died on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born March 17, 1932 in Allport, a son of the late Arthur and Edna Plowman Johnson.
On June 22, 1956 in Morrisdale, he married JoAnn Pierce Johnson, who survives.
Jay Township Supervisor Francis Gustafson announced during the supervisors' monthly meeting Thursday evening that he plans to hold monthly gatherings with township residents to discuss important issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling, which is becoming more prevalent in the township and throughout the area.
"I think it is very important that the people get involved, and I have other people that will come in [and present information]," Gustafson said. "It's not going to go away."
The proposed cuts in the state's budget plan will affect many service agencies across the state. The nonprofit organization Life and Independence for Today (LIFT), which provides services for people with disabilities, is anticipating those cuts and is working to ensure that clients will not lose access to programs and services on which they depend.