June 20th, 2012
JOHNSONBURG - The preliminary hearing in the case against Nancy Jean Bodien, 36, of Ridgway, charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, a felony of the third degree, was held Wednesday in Magisterial District Court in Johnsonburg, with Judge George "Tony" King presiding.
The charges against Bodien stem from her alleged failure to pay for services rendered in the restoration of her home following an Aug. 17, 2011 fire at the 45 Freemont Ave., Ridgway residence.
While local officials are trying not to cause a panic with Ridgway residents, the fact remains the same: with two unexplained fires less than three weeks apart being deemed arson cases, the unease has set in.
"The two that we've had in three weeks, we have an issue," said Ridgway fire chief John Wygant. "I don't want to elaborate on it because I don't want to create a problem in the community, and I don't want to cause a panic or have people running, buying guns and shooting people. We can't have that.
When Dave Herbstritt and Katie Cavalline began their jobs as park staff at Memorial Park this summer, they did so knowing that this would be their final summer working at the park. Because of this, Herbstritt, who is in his fifth summer as a park worker, and Cavalline, who is in her fourth, both wanted to do something special as a "senior project." Instead of trying to coordinate a new event or activity, the duo decided to team up and implement a summer-long collection to raise money to benefit breast cancer awareness through the American Cancer Society.
Editor's note: This is the final part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Erie Avenue area.
Local historian Ray Beimel concluded his recent presentation on the history of Erie Avenue by talking about an organization that has been crucial to the preservation of the community's history.
"Erie Avenue happens to be where the St. Marys Historical Society was started," Beimel said.
Geno Carobine, 82, of 202 Taylor Ave., Ridgway, died Wednesday morning, June 20, 2012 at his home.
He was born March 23, 1930, in Weedville, son of the late Domenic and Josephine (Metallo) Carobine. He married Alice Marie Zucchelli on April 18, 1953; she preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 2010.
Geno resided in Ridgway for 59 years and was proprietor of Genoâ€™s Barber Shop. He was a graduate of the Weedville High School. He was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and council member over the years, and was a board member of St. Leoâ€™s Cemetery Association.
Phyllis J. Buerk Lijewski, 75, of Erie, died Mon., June 18, 2012 at her residence.Â
She was born July 7, 1936 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Regis A. and Isabel S. Brennen Buerk.Â
A 1954 graduate of East High School, Erie, she worked for Perry Truck and Erection from 1962 to 1973, for AMSCO from 1955 to 1962, and most recently as Financial Secretary for Erie Institute of Technology from 1973 until her retirement.Â
She attended the First Spiritualist Church of Erie.
Zito Media customers continue to experience issues with their cable television service despite the company's latest efforts in upgrading the system.
The issue was raised once again during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting as Tim Ruffner, director of environmental services at Elk Haven nursing home in St. Marys, voiced his concern about not receiving any feedback or assistance from Zito Media in reference to servicing Elk Haven Nursing Home and the Silver Creek Terrace assisted living facility.
The second annual Autism Awareness Charity Ball, presented by the Dickinson Center, Inc. Autism Program, was held on Friday at The Red Fern Banquet and Conference Center in St. Marys, with proceeds to benefit the center's Autism Program.
The evening included a performance by Jack Garret and the Swingin' Starz, as well as live and silent auctions.
Linda White, Autism Program coordinator, said that 155 tickets were sold for Friday's event, and while the official totals were still being tallied, she estimated the amount raised to be between $16,000 and $18,000.
Editor's note: This is the eighth part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Erie Avenue area.
According to local historian Ray Beimel, at one time "you could pretty much buy everything you wanted" on Erie Avenue.
During a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center on the history of the Erie Avenue area, Beimel briefly discussed many of the prominent businesses that once lined the roadway.
WILCOX â€“ Wilcox American Legion baseball squeezed its way to a 2-0 victory over St. Marys Monday night at Jones Township Community Park.
Wilcox scored both of its runs on suicide squeeze plays in the sixth inning to break what had been a scoreless tie to that point.
"We had it on a few times earlier, we didn't come through with it," Wilcox coach Jeff Peterson said.