January 9th, 2015
The Ridgway YMCA held its grand opening on Friday to celebrate the completion of the revitalization project that started in 2010.
The grand opening, complete with tours of the facility, refreshments and community bonding, lasted from noon until 5 p.m., and it will continue today from 8 a.m. until noon.
Representatives from the project were on hand at the YMCA, allowing the community to come and view the completed project, which included a remodeled pool and brand new equipment in the fitness area.
Dogs, cats and other animals are not immune to the cold as may be a misconception because of their fur coats.
By taking a few precautions and using common sense, pet owners can keep their dogs safe this winter.
Jenn Vallimont, a recreational dog musher residing in Kersey, has vast experience with caring for dogs in cold weather.
She also draws on her training in animal science, which she earned a masters degree in from Penn State University, to focus on nutrition, behavior, physiology and much more with her dog team.
Elk Company 2, Ridgway Ambulance, and Rescue 412 were called out at 12:41 p.m. Friday afternoon to a single vehicle accidentÂ at 5902Â Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road (Route 219). A car had left the road, went over the guard rail and intoÂ the frontÂ yard.
William James "Bill" Feronti, 67, of 210 Mill St., Johnsonburg, died Thursday evening, Jan. 8, 2015 at his residence.
He was born Aug. 21, 1947 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Charles R. Sr. and Sylvia Baptist Feronti.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1965.
Mr. Feronti was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg Legion Post 501, and Central Hose Company. He was an avid music fan and was adept at playing various instruments. He was a big fan of Elvis Presley and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will be greatly missed by all.
Anna C. Fodge, 82, of 335 Atlantic St., St. Marys, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Penn Highlands DuBois after a lengthy illness.
She was born May 15, 1932 in Kersey, daughter of the late John and Grace Brandmiller Lance. On Nov. 22, 1978, she married James A. Fodge, who preceded her in death Oct. 18, 2004.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1950. She was a retired employee of Keystone Powdered Metal.
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The gut wrenching photos of dogs left outside in the cold circulating throughout social media and on television have helped raise awareness of proper winter pet care.
"Basically if you're cold, they're cold. They can get frostbite just like people," said Karen Cappiello, Elk County humane officer.
While some dogs are better equipped to handle the cold weather than others, the fact is that more dogs perish in the winter than at any other time of the year.
Frostbite, hypothermia and antifreeze poisoning present the biggest winter threats to pets.
The November 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment has raised concerns about cyber security on a national and local level.
"I think that 90 percent of it can be protected against with knowledge," Aaron Simbeck, owner of a computer repair and consulting business in St. Marys, said. "Stay away from advertisements, use passwords, don't publish your passwords online and don't save your passwords on your computer in a text document. If you're playing games and you're getting popups, don't click them."
Timothy A. Floravit, 35, of 140 Baker Rd., Beaver Falls, and formerly of St. Marys where he was born and raised, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 following injuries sustained in an accident in Clarion County.
He was born Oct. 30, 1979, a son of Allen and Karen Facchine Floravit.
On Sept. 4, 2010 in St. Marys, he married Emily Dippold Floravit, who survives.
Eleanor A. Walden, 93, of Manor Care Potomac, Potomac, Md., formerly of 175 Parkway Dr., Emporium, died at Manor Care Potomac, Potomac, Md. Thursday morning, Jan. 8, 2015.
She was born Feb. 10, 1921 in Iselin, daughter of the late Valentino and Amelia Julio Geovanelle.
In Clearfield, she married the late John Walden.