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Page 4 — Wednesday, October 30, 2002 REGION (gazette Obituaries Michael Sterley Michael J. Sterley, 60, of Indiana died Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at his home. He was born June 7, 1942, in Emporium, a son of Frank J. and Ruth Reider Sterley. Mr. Sterley graduated from Warren High School and then continued his education at Perm State and Case Western. He served in the U. S. Army in Korea. He worked at Torrance State Hospital for many years as assistant superintendent as well as acting superintendent there and at other state hospitals. He retired in 1999. He was formerly the president of the Indiana County Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally 111 and a member of the National Association of So cial Workers. He is survived by his wife, Linda M. Zug Sterley of Indiana, whom he married Sept. 12,2001; his mother of Carlsbad, Calif.; two sisters: Felicia Bloom and husband, Bob, Glen Arbor, Mich., and Catherine Greene and husband, Craig, Carlsbad, Calif.; nieces, Alexis and Caroline; and nephews Alan and Brian. He was preceded in death by his father in 1998. Funeral arrangements were private for his family and handled by the Bence-Mihalcik Funeral Home, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA/ Hospice Foundation, 1265 Wayne Ave., Suite 303, Indiana, PA, 15701, or to the Indigent Fund at Torrance State Hospital, P.O. Box 111, Torrance, PA, 15779. Shirley Blose Shirley A. Jarvie Blose, 65, of Heilwood died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at her home. Friends will be received Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bence Funeral Home in Clymer. A complete obituary will be announced in Thursday's edition of The Indiana Gazette. Lloyd Ripple Lloyd E. Ripple, 75, of Indiana, formerly of Blairsville, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002 at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born Saturday, Aug. 13, 1927, in Johnstown to Lloyd D. and {Catherine Jenkins Ripple. Mr. Ripple was a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church in Black Lick. He was a retired steelworker and farmer. He enjoyed cooking for his family. Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Alice Schwier Ripple; five sons: Lloyd Ripple and his wife, Johnna, of Coral; John Ripple and his wife, Dana, of Franklin; Lawrence Ripple and his fiancee, Candy, of Brownsville; Walter Ripple and his wife, Denise, of Indiana; Donald Ripple and his wife, Lynn, of Creekside; four daughters: Ann Bloom and her husband, Jerry, of Blairsville; Yvonne Little and her husband, Brad, of Blairsville; Laualeen Fluke and her .husband, Dan, of Blairsville; Bonnie Peterman and her husband, James, of Parkwood; two brothers: Robert Ripple and his wife, Cindy, of Monroeville and Donald Ripple, of Kent; two sisters: Shirley Kelly, of Homestead, and Margie Ripple, of Penn Hills; 21 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his sister Sarah Hornor and his parents- Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ferguson Funeral Home, Blairsville. A funeral service will be held Friday at the funeral home at 1 p.m. The Rev. Jason L. McQueen will officiate. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HopeweH United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 435, Black Lick, PA 15716. Laura Rager Laura Jean Rager, 35, formerly of Gas Center and Johnstown, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at South Tampa House & Rehabilitation, Tampa, Fla. She was born Nov. 16,1966, in Laurel, Md., the daughter of Norman "Buck" Sr. and Bonnie Lou Boring Rager. Laura lived life to the fullest. Surviving are her father and stepmother, Carol, Gas Center; and these siblings: Tina Rager and her fiance, Michael Gehosky; Karen Rager, former wife of Gary Stoykovich;Thomas J. Sr., married to Tonya Gibbons, all of Johnstown; stepsisters: Lticinda Solack and Roxanne Hoover, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; paternal grandfather Roy C. Rager Sr., Charles; three nieces; seven nephews; three slepnieces; twostep- nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Miss Rager was preceded in death by her mother; brother, Norman Rager Jr.; stepsister, Jessica Rager; maternal grandparents; and paternal grandmother. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Richard C. Stuart Funeral Home, Armagh. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Rev. Norris B. Mason officiating. Private interment will be in Bethel Cemetery. Funeral Deaths elsewhere By The Associated Press Edwin R. Bayley GREEN BAY, Wis. — Edwin R. Bayley, the first dean of the graduate school of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, died Sunday. He was 84 and suffered from several chronic health problems. Bayley arrived at UC Berkeley in 1969, and guided the graduate journalism program for more than 16 years. He not only administered the program, but also taught and founded the Summer Program for Minority Journalists. During World War II, he was on active duty as an armed guard officer in the central Pacific. After the war, he became the Milwaukee Journal's chief political reporter. He also worked as correspondent for the paper in London. In 1961, he became the first public information officer for the Peace Corps. Later that year, he was appointed special assistant representing President Kennedy on interdepartmental committees involving information and the hiring of minorities. His book, "Joe McCarthy and the Press," was a finalist in the competition for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The book concludes that newspapers could have hastened McCarthy's downfall if they had better appreciated their influence and found the courage to speak out against him. R. Gordon Hoxie NEW YORK— R. Gordon Hoxie, an educator who had a short and stormy tenure as chancellor of Long Island University in the 1960s, died Oct. 23. He was 83. Hoxie became chancellor in 1964, but he was dismissed four years later after disputes with students, faculty members and especially the univer- sity's provost. Hoxie and the provost, William Birenbaum, fought about tuition in. creases, salaries, new building plans and Birenbaum's decision to abolish a dress code. Hoxie succeeded in receiving Birenbaum's resignation but in March 1967, Hoxie was approached by 1,500 students on the university's Brooklyn campus, demanding that Birenbaum be reinstated. The fol- . lowing year, the trustees of Long Island University asked for and received Hoxie's resignation. After his dismissal, Hoxie and others founded the Center for the Study of the Presidency. The center publishes Presidential Studies Quarterly, a resource and archive for historians and scholars.. Effi Tiger NEW YORK — Edith Tiger, the longtime director of the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, a civil rights organization, died Oct. 22 of a heart attack. She was 83. Tiger, who immigrated to the United States from Poland as a young girl, served as director of the organization from 1968 until 1998, when it merged into the Center for Constitutional Rights. She joined the organization in 19 52 as' a Volunteer clerk. Unlike the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee did not insist mat its officers take an oath that they were not communists. It defended those accused of being communists and some of its first cases involved people facing Congressional committees. Later, the group fought for the freedom to travel, even to communist countries. It also protected draft resisters and sued for the admission of girls to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. Thursday JONES, Catherine, 11 a.m. at the C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Homer City Briefs Human Services program Nov. 7 The Indiana County Human Services Council will present a program titled "Born to Learn" Thursday, Nov. 7. The event will be held at the Aging Services Community Center, 1005 Oak St. in Indiana. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a country breakfast following. Presentations will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Some of the programs to be represented include Prenatal Program, Early Head Start/Head Start, Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit 28 Parent-Child Home and Family Focus Programs, Indiana County Technology Center, Indiana County Community College Center ofWestmore- land County Community College, Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Welfare Initiatives Program, Indiana County Career TRACK, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Continuing Education arid Senior Citizens Education. Any other agency that would like to have a booth should contact Maria Dietz at The Open Door at (724) 465-2605 to reserve space. The cost to attend this event will be $5.50. No phone registrations will be accepted, but payment and registration can be mailed to Indiana County Department of Human Services, 827 Water St., Second Floor, Indiana, PA 15701, prior to Thursday. Driving classes offered for senior citizens Indiana Visiting Nurse Association and AAA/Seniors for Safe Driving are offering a Mature Operators Driver Improvement Program, an opportunity for senior citizens to become safer drivers and lower their automobile insurance premiums. Pennsylvania law mandates that all drivers 55 years of age and older receive a minimum 5-percent discount on their car-insurance premium for a period of three years upon completion of this course. This seven-hour class is divided into two equal-length sessions and features audio and visual aids with special night-vision testing. There is no written exam or behind-the-wheel testing. Classes will be held Nov. 20 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Indiana VNA/Hospice Foundation, 119 Professional Center, White Township. Class sizes are limited. For more information and to register call (800) 559-4880. Apollo-Ridge PTA schedule The Apollo-Ridge Council of PTAs meeting schedule for November: • Apollo-Ridge Council of FFAs, Monday, 7 p.m.,'high school library. • Elders Ridge Elementary FLA, Tuesday, 7 p.m., elementary cafeteria. • Apollo-North Apollo Elementary PTA, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Apollo Elementary-cafeteria. • Apollo-Ridge Middle School PTA, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., middle school library. • Apollo-Ridge High School PTSA, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., high school cafeteria. High school students are encouraged to join and participate. • Sunnyside Elementary PTA, Nov. 26, 7 p.m., multipurpose room. If you have any questions, call Teresa Stewart at (724) 726-8006. Brain-injury support group forms Bill's Family Support, a newly formed group based in Clarksburg, is holding an inaugural benefit Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in White Township. The event will include a buffet dinner, a tasting of wines from Smicksburg's Windgate Winery and a Chinese auction with items donated by local merchants. Anyone interested in attending should mail a $25 donation to Bill's Family Support, P.O. Box 135, Clarksburg, PA 15725 or contact Phyllis Miller at (724) 357-8871 by Thursday, Nov. 7. All proceeds will benefit projects of Bill's Family Support, which assists people with traumatic brain injuries. Proceeds from this month's benefit will be used to purchase a chair lift to help a wheelchair-bound man access his vehicle while he continues rehabilitation. Other projects include holding a monthly support group for people with traumatic brain injuries and their caregivers or families; distributing bags of toiletries, calling cards, maps and other needed items to family members of patients who have been transferred by helicopter to another medical facility; and providing financial aid for injury-related expenses not covered by medical insurance. For more information about the support group, call (724) 639-9416. Blood mobiles held St. Louis Church in Lucernemines and the Indiana CountyTechnology Center sponsored bloodmobiles last week collecting 86 pints of blood. On Oct. 21, 26 pints of blood were donated at the church, which provided volunteers, cookies, soup and sandwiches. CeCe Mackey of Indiana served as coordinator. On Oct. 23,60 pints of blood were donated at the tech center, exceeding the goal of 35. There were 30 first-time donors. Fourth Street BiLo provided ham salad, and the culinary and the health- occupation students at the tech center baked cookies and provided volunteers. Harry McFarland of Indiana served as coordinator. Future opportunities to donate: • Thursday, Nov. 7 — Noon-6 p.m.. Church of The Good Shepherd, Kent • Saturday, Nov. 9 — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Glen Campbell American Legion • Monday, Nov. 11 — Noon-6 p.m., Creekside United Methodist Church From left: Dennis Cramer, director of the Armstrong Concert Band; Lorraine Wilson, chairwoman of the IUP music department; Christian Dickinson, professor of music (fromfaonej at IUP; and Shari Tr/nfc/ey, IUP director of major and planned giving, who worked with the group to establish the scholarship. IUP creates horn scholarship IUP News Service Thanks to the Armstrong Concert Band, Indiana University of Pennsylvania's music department has an endowed trombone scholarship worth $35,000 for its students. Band members, under the direction of Dennis F. Cramer, founding music director of the band, proposed the idea after receiving a donation from the estate of former band member John "Jack" Schad. The Armstrong Concert Band was formed in 1984 as an all-volunteer organization, and one of its most dedicated members was Schad. Schad was an electrician by trade and much more than an amateur musician, Cramer said. Playing the tuba and a string bass he built himself, he had a lifelong membership in the Syria Shrine Band of Pittsburgh and played in the Butler County Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisville Band and the Armstrong Concert Band. , Schad died two weeks after a Memorial Day concert in 1999 with the Armstrong Concert Band in Ford City, playing until the end. Shortly after Schad's death, the band was no- Deadline for political ads Area political candidates are reminded that The Indiana Gazette's deadline for submitting political advertising material for use prior to the Nov. 5 general election is Thursday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. All advertising submitted Oct. 31 will be published no earlier than Monday, Nov. 4, according to the Gazette's advertising department. Board aims to instill pride in education By VIRGINIA FILLER Gazette Staff Writer SPRING CHURCH — The Apollo- Ridge school board voted Monday night in favor of supporting the Pennsylvania School Boards Association's Public Outreach Campaign. The campaign is designed to recognize the accomplishments of students and graduates, and the dedicated leadership of teachers, administrators, support staff and school directors throughout Pennsylvania. The Apollo-Ridge School District plans to conduct its own outreach efforts locally with the goals of increasing public awareness of the value of public schools, instilling a sense of pride for all involved in public education and strengthening the competitive position of public schools in today's marketplace of education alternatives. The district also plans to solicit support of the campaign from civic and government organizations and businesses interested in promoting the accomplishments and value of their local public schools. In other business, the board accepted the resignations of Thomas Caves, middle school teacher; and custodians Lois Rupert, Wesley McCoy and Lee Daugherty. The board also approved a $10-an- hour pay rate for truancy officers, an increase of $4 an hour. Hired were Karen Baustert of Apollo as an elementary instructional aide at a rate of $7.07 an hour, Seth Kline of Shelocta as a custodian at a Apollo-Ridge School District rate of $6 an hour, John Simon of North Apollo as the varsity assistant basketball coach at a salary of $3,231, Ed Shaffer of Avonmore as the ninth-grade assistant basketball coach at a salary of $2,583 and Rebecca Hebenthal of Indiana for the Just Say No program at a salary of $900. Joel Hansen ofVandergrift was approved as the volunteer basketball assistant coach. The agreement with the Armstrong School District to provide special education learning support services for Apollo-Ridge students attending Lenape Area Vocational Technical School was approved for the 20022003 school year. Also renewed for the school year was the educational agreements with Adelphoi Village for day treatment services and Miller Home diagnostic services, both at a rate of $36 per student. Two changes in the elementary school construction project were also approved. A change in sewer and gas lines resulted in an increase of $9,229.35 to the total cost of the project. Changes on the emergency spillway and in the type of bricks being used on the outside of the school resulted in a reduction of $26,475 to the total cost. The cost of the project is now more than $13.5 million. tined that he had arranged for the band to receive an inheritance from his estate. In July 2002, Cramer presented the band's board of directors with a plan for the scholarship. After investigating the needs of the music department, the proposal for a trombone scholarship was unanimously approved. "The scholarship was established to honor both the dedication and talent of the members of the Armstrong Concert Band and in tribute to Schad and his passion for music," Cramer said. Counties to share 911 services BRO.OKVILLE — The Jefferson County board of commissioners Tuesday approved an intergovernmental communications agreement with Clarion County for emergency telephone and dispatching services. Under the agreement, emergency calls from residents of lung- Jefferson gold Township in the 365 telephone exchange _ area will continue to ring in to Clarion County's 911 dispatching center, according to Pat Catanzarito, the director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. On the other hand, 911 calls by some Clarion County residents in the 379 exchange area near Corsica will continue to be answered by Jefferson 911 in Brookville. "Not enough subscribers are affected to make selective routing • worthwhile," Catanzarito said. Telephone companies use selective routing technology to direct 911 calls within one exchange to different destinations. Jefferson County is in the process of updating its agreements with six bordering counties, according to Catanzarito. The county's revised communication plan is due at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency by April, Catanzarito said. In other business, the commissioners: • Revised the county's community development block-grant agreement to shift $141.10 of excess funds from a Smithtown water project to a Reynoldsville water project. • Accepted the resignation of Carl Heffner and appointed Joseph Mc- Cfuskey of Reynoldsville to fill I leffn- er's seat on the Jefferson County Reynlow Park An thority. — Chauncey Ross SURE, YOU CAN REPLACE YOUR WINDOWS. BUT YOU CAN'T REPLICATE THEIR LOOK. SAYS WHO? Marvin can match the look and profile of just about any window or door beacause their products are made to your exact specifications. And with low maintenance exteriors, you can fet the look without a* the laber. 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