April 19th, 2012
Walter E. Biel, 91, of 3712 Wilcox Rd., Wilcox, died Thursday morning, April 19, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a brief illness.
He was born on Feb. 20, 1921 in Portage, son of the late John E. and Anna Biel Biel. On Dec. 28, 1939, he married Elsie Marie Jordan Austin; she preceded him in death March 11, 1973.
He resided in Wilcox most of his life and attended Wilcox schools. He was a member of Holy Cross Church, Rasselas, and the Wilcox Sportsmen's Club. He was an avid woodsman, hunter and fisherman. He loved vegetable and flower gardening and bowling.
The St. Marys Area Dutch baseball squad fell to Altoona 17-3 on Thursday afternoon in a contest at Berwind Park.
"That final score doesn't constitute how this game was, I don't think. I think we played better than the 17-3 score," said St. Marys Area coach Tony Azzato.
Altoona took a three-run lead in the first inning and went up 4-0 with another run in the second. Both teams scored a run in the fourth to make the score 5-1 and the Dutchmen pushed two more runs through in the fifth to cut the Mountain Lions' lead to 5-3.
During Wednesday morning's East Branch Dam Safety Project stakeholders meeting, representatives from the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, discussed updates of the project to area residents, local partners and other agency personnel.
Werner Loehlein, water management specialist with the Corps, explained current water levels since the last dam safety meeting held in September.
"East Branch is a multiple-purpose project, with its two primary purposes flood control and low water regulation for water quality," Loehlein said.
RIDGWAY - Longtime former Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski was honored with a citation from the Pa. House of Representatives at the Elk County Republican Party Spring Banquet held at the Royal Inn in Ridgway Tuesday.
State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) said he was taking a moment to "shift out of his political hat and into his ceremonial hat" in presenting Radkowski with the citation.
RIDGWAY TWP. - Members of Local Labor Union 2448 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers [IAMAW] voted overwhelmingly Saturday night to go on strike against Clarion Sintered Metals [CSM] in order to obtain their goals of less mandatory overtime, a better pension plan and the same percentage wage for workers.
Edith P. Zambanini, 103, of Ridgway, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Elk Haven Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Oct. 11, 1908, in Byrnedale, the daughter of the late Arthur and Angeline Ronca Busatto. On July 5, 1925, she married Senatore Zambanini; he predeceased her in 1980.
She was a member of St. Leoâs Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed playing cards, bingo and going to the casino.
Eugene R. "Herbie" Tassone, 86, of 526 Penn St., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Aug. 16, 1925 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Salvatore "Sam" and Ellen Vavala Tassone. On April 26, 1952, in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Agnes Gapinski, who survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and was a 1944 graduate of Johnsonburg High School. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, Holy Name Society, Johnsonburg Senior Center, and the Knights of Columbus.
Francis X. âFrankâ Straub, 76, of 123 Terrace Rd., St. Marys, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born May 2, 1935 in St. Marys, son of the late Frank E. and Marguerite (Peg) Bender Straub.
Ruth Baumgratz Hasselman, 80, of 185 Center St., St. Marys, died at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys on Wednesday morning, April 18, 2012, of polycythemia vera.
She was born Aug. 25, 1931 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Gilbert and Barbara Skok Heiberger.
Ruth's ï¬rst husband was Regis "Daisy" Baumgratz, whom she married June 8, 1957, died on July 13, 1993. Her second husband was Richard Hasselman, whom she married on Feb. 23, 2001; he preceded her in death Aug. 17, 2010.
As many residents are aware, the City of St. Marys has been conducting a city-wide income survey since last month in order to help St. Marys qualify for more projects using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
The application for CDBG funding requires 400 completed surveys; St. Marys Community and Economic Development Director Tina Gradizzi said only 34 more are needed to reach that goal. The deadline to submit the application to the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is Friday, April 27, and the surveys need to be completed before then.