July 24th, 2012
RIDGWAY â€“ A joint investigation between the Pennsylvania State Police at the Ridgway barracks and the Ridgway Borough Police Department has resulted in the arrest of Francis "Tony" Milliard, 54, and Anthony Milliard, 28, both of Ridgway.
Francis Milliard was apprehended on felony arrest warrants for multiple counts of arson, criminal mischief, and recklessly endangering another person, charges related to a May 30 fire at the residence of Pauline Smith, 521 West Main St. in Ridgway Township.
Anthony Milliard was also charged as a co-defendant in the matter.
With Dickinson Center, Inc. just days away from unveiling its new 28,200-square-foot facility located at 43 Servidea Drive along Route 219 in Ridgway Township, Dickinson CEO Jack Goga explained the motives and incentives behind the new $4.1 million facility.
Groundbreaking at the site took place in October 2011 and according to the DMHC website, the construction is ahead of schedule. As a result, DMHC programs to be housed within the new facility are scheduled to begin their relocations as soon as Aug. 1, with the process continuing through Aug. 9.
Warm weather and abundant sunshine on Tuesday morning made for nice conditions for Activity Day at Benzinger Park. This year's 35th annual event got under way at 10 a.m. and, according to Park Director John Schneider, saw a turnout of between 60 and 70 participants.
"We'd like to see it (participation) a little bit more, but we're happy that we have the turnout that we have," Schneider said.
While the event was open to youth between the ages of four and 15 years old, Schneider noted that the majority of attendees were actually four through 12 years old.
Joseph F. Ehrensberger, 69, of 114 Cadillac Rd., St. Marys, died peacefully Tuesday morning, July 24, 2012 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 11, 1942 in St. Marys, son of Clara B. Speaker Ehrensberger of St. Marys and the late Joseph A. Ehrensberger, who died in 2001. On June 10, 1961 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, he married Carol A. Bauer, who survives.
The St. Marys Legion baseball team saw their run in the Region 8 Tournament come to an end on Monday evening with a loss to French Creek Valley. The 14-4, eight-inning loss was St. Marys' second in the double elimination tournament.
"Once again it was just a matter of four or five innings where we played good ball, and then the wheels came off," said St. Marys manager Fran Pasi after the game.
Wilcox meets French Creek Valley tonight
The Wilcox Legion squad remained undefeated in the Pa. American Legion Region 8 Tournament with a 14-6 victory over the Millcreek team.
Wilcox will now meet French Creek Valley tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Berwind Park.
Todayâ€™s first game will see Albion taking on Millcreek in an elimination game. Albion is the Erie County champ while Millcreek in the Erie County runner up.
In last nightâ€™s nightcap, which lasted almost 3 1/2 hours, both teams had 14 hits.
The Elk County Conservation District was recognized for its 50 years of service during a two-day annual joint conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts and the State Conservation Commission.
District Manager Steve Putt reported attending a conference held in Scranton on July 9 and 10 to accept the Award of Appreciation.
"At the conference they recognized a few districts, including us," Putt said. "This is our 50th anniversary, so they gave us this certificate to honor those 50 years."
According to local historian Ray Beimel, the Pittsburg, Shawmut, and Northern Railroad "in a sense started in St. Marys."
Beimel recently discussed the railroad's history during a presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center, explaining that the railroad was used to transport coal from mines in Elk County to communities in upstate New York.
"Kaul and Hall built a railroad that ran from St. Marys to a place called Hyde, which is outside of Brockway, and the whole point of that was to haul coal from the mines at Brandy Camp and that area and bring it up to St. Marys," Beimel said.
A poignant ceremony that offers area residents the opportunity to honor someone special will again be held by Community Nurses, Inc.
The Community Nurses Butterfly Release for Hospice will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at The Serenity Garden, behind the organization's building on the campus of Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys. The general public is invited to the release, which allows area residents to honor their loved ones and benefits the Community Nurses' Hospice program.
On May 26 at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium, St. Marys Area High School's Adair Gennocro joined the ranks of the PIAA state champions as she claimed her first career title in the PIAA Class-AA girls' 3200-meter run.
Gennocro, who will begin her senior year at SMAHS in the fall, recently reflected upon the race and what it is like being a state champion. She is the first SMAHS athlete to win a state championship in track and field. Her photo will eventually hang in the foyer of the school along with that of Jeff Foster, who won a state championship in cross country in 1973.