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April 12th, 2011

Alex J. Skraba

April 12, 2011

Alex J. Skraba, 78, of 355 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
He was born Dec. 19, 1932, in DuBois, the son of the late Samuel and Anna Ridzik Skraba.
On June 9, 1955, he married Helen C. Bienkowski, who survives.

Area parishes participate in Catholics Come Home program

April 12, 2011

Area residents by now may have noticed the advertisements airing on television encouraging inactive Catholics to return to the church through the Catholics Come Home program. The city's three parishes, Queen of the World, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's, are all participating in the initiative throughout Lent.
According to Fr. Michael Ferrick, pastor of Queen of the World Parish, the commercials first began running on Ash Wednesday and will continue until Easter.

Cellphones at the pump: myths debunked, but still a no-no

April 12, 2011

A sign at almost every gas pump in the United States warns customers about using cellphones or other electronic devices while refueling because the batteries inside can produce sparks that will ignite gasoline vapors. But does that really mean using your cellphone while you pump gas can cause an explosion?

Former C/G owner establishes scholarship for SMASD students

April 12, 2011

A new scholarship is available to students of the St. Marys Area School District. Five students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship per year for the four years they successfully remain enrolled in a college or university. A total of $100,000 will be distributed.
The generous scholarship was established by Nathan Milikowsky, former owner of C/G Electrodes, which he sold in 2010 and is now known as GrafTech International.

Ridgway man selected as Logger of the Year; Kersey man named finalist

April 12, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Tim Cowan of Ridgway has been named as the Logger of the Year by the Kane-based Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG).
Cowan was honored Tuesday evening at the 43rd annual Kane Area Loggers Safety Meeting at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall.
AHUG said it presents the award annually to the logger who "best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism" and has "a strong commitment to safety and has community and industry service involvement."

Lady Crusader softball defeats Sheffield Area 13-0

April 12, 2011

Taylor Schlimm pitched a one-hitter to open the softball season for the Lady Crusaders of Elk County Catholic on Tuesday afternoon at the Benzinger Township softball field. The Lady Crusaders handed the visiting Sheffield Lady Wolverines a 13-0 setback in a game that was ended after four-and-a-half innings due to the 10-run rule.
Schlimm was the winning pitcher for the Lady Crusaders on Tuesday as she held the Lady Wolverines to just one hit, a second-inning single to right field. Schlimm recorded 10 strikeouts on her way to the victory, while giving up four walks.

Dutch lead Chucks 6-3 when game suspended

April 12, 2011

The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch baseball team opened their season Tuesday, but only got 2 1/2 innings in before the game with the Punxsutawney Chucks was suspended with St. Marys on top, 6-3.
The game will be picked up when the Dutch travel to Punxsutawney on May 2.
“I was very pleased with the way we played offensively today. We executed well today,” said St. Marys coach Tony Azzato.
“Our pitching and defense has some work to do. Punxsy had the bases loaded in two innings, but our pitchers (Bob Vollmer and Kevin Hoy) battled back and they left the bases loaded.”

April 11th

Brockway hands ECC 7-4 loss in season opener

April 11, 2011

The Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team opened their season on Monday by hosting the Brockway Rovers at Berwind Park. The Rovers were able to take advantage of seven Elk Catholic errors on their way to a 7-4 victory over the Crusaders.
“After two weeks inside you have to be ready to play and we weren’t,” said ECCHS coach Father Eric Vogt.
“They took advantage of our mistakes and that’s what good teams do. Their pitcher kept us off balance. Thank goodness it’s a long season,” said Father Eric.

Nighttime 'explosion' likely not due to seismic testing

April 11, 2011

ST. MARYS – Elk County residents placed several calls to emergency services personnel and law enforcement agencies Sunday night regarding what they described as a loud "boom." Although the source of the noise was initially attributed to seismic testing for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, no cause or explanation has formally been discovered.

Kilhoffer pleads guilty to theft of county tax money

April 11, 2011

RIDGWAY – Stephanie Ann Kilhoffer, 51, of Brockport, pleaded guilty to the charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, a third-degree felony offense, on Monday afternoon. Kilhoffer appeared before the Honorable Judge Richard Masson with her attorney, Thomas G. Coppolo, at 1 p.m.

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