November 8th, 2011
Dennis M. Rakieski, 61, of 951 German Settlement Rd., Ridgway, died Monday, November 7, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center as the result of a logging accident.
He was born June 14, 1950, in Ridgway, the son of Alex and Ida Schmiedel Rakieski. On August 21, 1971, he married Marcelyn Withrow, who survives.
Mr. Rakieski was a lifelong Ridgway resident. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Ridgway Sportsmen's Club. He graduated from Ridgway Area High School, Class of 1968, and from Williamsport Area Community College in 1970. He was a self-employed logger.
Irene G. Walter, 86, of 85 Manresa Rd., Annapolis, Md., and a former St. Marys resident, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at the Atria Manresa in Annapolis, Md., after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 16, 1925 in St. Marys, daughter of the late John (Jack) and Sophia Rogalsky Gross. On Jan. 23, 1949, in St. Marys, she married Martin Walter, who preceded her in death on June 9, 1994.
Mrs. Walter was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and was a graduate of St. Marys High School. She was a former employee of Lord & Taylor in New York City.
Gelindo Gradizzi, 100, of 379 Toby Rd., Kersey, died early Monday morning, Nov. 7, 2011, at the Sena-Kean Manor in Smethport after a brief illness.
He was born July 31, 1911, in Toby, son of the late Angelo and Adeline Mafezzoli Gradizzi.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School.
Mr. Gradizzi was a member of the St. Boniface Church, a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army, a member of the Dagus Mines American Legion, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by nieces and nephews.
Clara J. Cannon, 85, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at Elk Haven following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 28, 1926 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Wilfred C. and Lucinda Burns Nelson. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Mary's Schools. She was a former employee of Stackpole Carbon Corp. and was a former custodian at Fox Twp. and South St. Marys Street Elementary Schools.
There will be no tax increase in the City of St. Marys' 2012 budget. On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council approved to publish the 2012 budget, which includes the same millage rate as last year at 18.3.
City Manager Dave Greene explained the city will see a 42 percent increase in hospitalization for 2012. This will result in the city going from paying $600,000 in insurance premiums to just under $1 million.
ST. MARYS - The Elk-Cameron Board of Realtors recently gifted the Bodien family of Ridgway with various household goods to replace items destroyed in an Aug. 13 house fire at their Fremont Avenue home.
In addressing unfinished business matters, the Fox Township supervisors discussed the request from Jay Township to form a partnership in sharing a Code Enforcement Officer and Sewage Enforcement Officer. Jay supervisors noted they have three other proposals to review, but were awaiting Fox Twp.'s response.
The supervisors agreed to inform the Jay Twp. supervisors that they are not interested in the partnership at this time, but may revisit the topic in the future.
HERSHEY â€“Â The Elk County Catholic High School and St. Marys Area High School cross country teams each had a runner medal in the AA Girls' 5K race at the PIAA Finals in Hershey on Saturday. ECC's Kennedy Weisner finished second in a time of 18:52, while SMA's Adair Gennocro was third in 18:58. Angel Piccirillo, a senior at Home-Center, finished first in 18:31.
CLARION - The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball team competed in the District 9-AA volleyball championships at Clarion Area High School on Saturday.
The Lady Dutch finished tied for first place with a 2-1 record after pool play along with Bradford and Punxsutawney, necessitating a three-team playoff to decide the District 9-AA champ.
As of Jan. 1, 2012, legislation signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett requiring unemployment compensation (UC) claimants to register with CareerLink to verify they are actively searching for work via the PA CareerLink system in order to continue receiving benefits will take effect. With the law's enactment, Pennsylvania will be the last state in the nation to adopt the work search stipulation.