October 9th, 2012
RIDGWAY - The Salvation Army in Ridgway will continue to shoot for the sky as Lieutenant Esther Wilson, Core Officer, takes the reins at the church and community center.
A third-generation Salvationist, Wilson went into the training school in Suffern, N.Y., roughly 45 minutes away from New York City, and her first appointment in Ridgway started back in July.
"As an ordained minister, the Salvation Army is a church, first and foremost," Wilson said. "Everything that we do is based on the love of God and the love that He has for us, and we extend that to the community.
Ronald L. Holmberg, age 74, of 322 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 at UPMC Hamot in Erie following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 17, 1938 in Ridgway, son of the late Clarence J. and Hazel B. (Dunkle) Holmberg.
He married Nancy H. Peterson on Nov. 7, 1959; she survives.
SMA travels to ECC tonight
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball team snapped a four-match losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Curwensville Golden Tide Monday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
Curwensville won the first set by a 25-22 score. The Lady Dutch came back to knot the match at one set apiece by taking the second set 25-17. St. Marys won the third set by a 25-20 margin and won the match by winning the fourth set by the score of 25-18.
Redbank Valley may have scored all three of the goals in Monday afternoon's girls' soccer "pink match" at the St. Marys Area High School soccer field, but for the first 68:53 of the game it looked as though the Lady Dutch were going to cruise to a 1-0 victory. Instead, the Lady Bulldogs added a pair of goals in the final 11:07 to come away with the 2-1 win.
St. Marys City Council has unanimously approved amending the non-uniformed pension plan, updating it for recent changes mandated by the Internal Revenue Service code.
The policy states if non-uniformed city employees are serving in the military on active duty, their pension will be turned over to their spouse in the event of their death. In addition, any raises that would have occurred in the timespan they were serving would go toward the plan's beneficiary.
ST. MARYS - With a long-unused portion of the Bennetts Valley Elementary School building in a state of disrepair, the SMASD Board of Directors, in deeming it too expensive to salvage the section, have recommended its demolition.
The demolition discussion concerns what SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney referred to as the "old half" of the Bennetts Valley Elementary School, which she said has sat unused for the past four years.
Helen Louise Shafer, 79, of 3033 Dagus Hill St., Daguscahonda, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 16, 1932, in Oakland, Md., the daughter of the late Charles R. and Margaret Hardesty Jordan. She married Joseph X. Shafer, who predeceased her on Jan. 23, 2002.
Mrs. Shafer was a member of the Faith United Church of Christ. She retired from Quality Components. She enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting.
ST. MARYS - "We continue to be above state averages, which is very good," said St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney in reviewing the district's report card for the 2011-- 2012 school year during Thursday's workshop meeting of the district's board of directors.
The report, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), includes findings based on the district's attendance and graduation rates and performance on state assessment tests, namely the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), as well as other criteria.
RIDGWAY â€” Ridgway cross country hosted the annual Ridgway Invitational Saturday morning at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
A new meet record was shattered in the girls varsity race as Regan Rome of Dallas finished with a time of 18:15, breaking the old record of 19:03 which was set by Dani Kocjancic of Kane in 2008. Kennedy Weisner of Elk County Catholic also would have broken the old meet record with her runner-up finish at 18:41.
Adair Gennocro of St. Marys was third at 19:04 and Victoria Dippold took fourth for ECC with a time of 19:37.
KANE â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Crusaders had Kane beat. They had the momentum and the lead and appeared to have the game well in hand, but in the end ECC beat themselves by committing too many penalties and allowed the Wolves to rally back for a 17-14 homecoming victory on Friday night in Kane.
ECC coach Travis Skrzypek tried to look past his squad's first loss and instead focused on the quality of play both teams put up, and the effort that Kane first-year head coach Todd Silfies put into preparing his team for the game.