January 28th, 2011
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.
With the 12th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous scheduled for Feb. 19-26, Jeff Androsky, an official from a production company based in Los Angeles, passed through town Friday in an effort to capture carvers immersed in their trade.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders picked up their 10th victory of the season on Friday night, rolling over the Johnsonburg Ramettes by a 51-22 score in an AML North game played at the Aaron J. Straub Gymnasium on the Elk Catholic campus.
The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 12-0 lead, only to have the Ramettes cut it to three by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter found the Lady Crusaders shutting out the Ramettes; then in the second half, it was all Elk County, as they outscored the Ramettes 33-13.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Using a white-hot night of shooting, the Crusaders toppled the Rams 52-45 Friday night behind eight scorching 3-pointers.
While the Rams remained in striking distance the entire game, they were unable to overcome being outscored 20-10 in the second quarter.
"With 10 turnovers in the first half, we cut it down to three in the second half so I thought we started playing in the second half compared to the first half," said Johnsonburg head boys' varsity basketball coach Bill Shuey. "We had a shot there, but we fell asleep a couple times and gave up some easy buckets."
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team saw their District 9 League record slip to 4-2 on the year with a 42-35 loss to the Brookville Raiders last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
While the Dutch held a 23-15 halftime lead, they only were able to score 12 points in the second half as the Raiders outscored them 27-12 in the final 16 minutes of play.
â€śWe only scored 12 points in the second half. Itâ€™s tough to win when you donâ€™t break the 40-point mark,â€ť said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Area High School swim and dive team held their last meet before the halfway mark when they met the DuBois Beavers at home on Thursday night. The evening was not short on excitement, as it took until the very last event to determine the winner of the girlsâ€™ meet, with the Lady Dutch falling short by only four points with a final score of 92-88.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling squad suffered a tough 37-32 loss to the Smethport Hubbers Thursday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Hubbers were able to move out to an 18-0 lead. The Dutch battled back to cut the Hubber lead to 31-20. Dutchman Jimmy Antonelli picked up a pin at 215 and Kevin Hoy recorded a pin at 285 to give the Dutch the 32-31 lead. Unfortunately, Smethport picked up a forfeit win at 103 pounds to win the match.
â€śWe just didnâ€™t do the job tonight that we needed to do,â€ť said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. â€śWe couldnâ€™t overcome the bonus points.â€ť
On Wednesday night Aaron Straub became the winningest boy's coach in District 9 history last evening when the Crusaders defeated the Bradford Owls for his 639th victory on the boys' side of coaching. Coach Straub also has 27 victories as the head coach of the Lady Crusaders. Straub took over the title as the winningest coach from Don Stemmerick of Union High School.
Coach Straub is in his 29th season as the head coach of the Crusaders. He took over as the head coach at Elk County Catholic (Christian) in the 1982-83 season.