March 29th, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“Â Students from Elk County Catholic were recently the guests of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's staff as a part of a business day which exposed the students to how a real world organization works.
Susie Snelick, North Central's Workforce Investment Board Director, said about 15 students from ECC attended the business day, choosing which departments they wanted to visit based upon what their career goals were.
RIDGWAY â€“ Nicholas Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, took the stand in his own defense Friday in the third day of his trial for the 2013 homicide of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
Martin, who has showed little emotion or reaction throughout the trial, offered a spontaneous apology to Forsyth's mother.
"I can't tell you how deeply sorry I am for that," he said from the witness stand. "The only person who loved her as much as I did, if not 10 times more, is her mom. That's the only person I owe an apology to. I can't bring Alyssa back and apologize to her."
Newspapers In Education is an international program that promotes and increases children's literacy by using newspapers as a teaching tool. The program is a unique way for schools, businesses and local newspapers to work together benefitting all involved, now and in the future.
At St. Boniface School in Kersey teachers utilize The Daily Press by tasking students with finding national, world, state and local news, as well as articles about health, science, history and more. The Daily Press also aids in helping students identify words that are certain parts of speech.
Aaron Straub wears many hats at Elk County Catholic High School (ECCHS). Many know him as the longtime varsity boys' basketball head coach, and he is returning for his second season as head coach of the boys' tennis team. To the students, he is also an instructor, teaching the classroom component of drivers' training. However, it was all he does through his role as Director of Athletics that recently resulted in him being honored by both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA), as well as his peers at ECCHS.
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RIDGWAY â€“ The victim's mother took the witness stand Thursday in the continuing murder trial of Nicholas Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, who is charged in the 2013 stabbing death of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
Susan Trumbull described her daughter as a beautiful, fun-loving girl who loved her nieces and nephews and her cat. She also acknowledged that Forsyth had an ongoing struggle with drug abuse and a troubled relationship with Martin.
During questioning, Trumbull said she had witnessed an angry confrontation between Forsyth and Martin at Ridgway Sheetz that culminated in a death threat.
Structural issues with Decker's Chapel have resulted in the 159-year-old landmark being closed to the public, at least temporarily.
The site is owned by the Elk County Historical Society, and when contacted by The Daily Press on Thursday afternoon, Executive Director Mary Kalinowski explained that a combination of the harsh winter weather and drainage from the road above the chapel resulted in the building's foundation shifting. The left rear corner has sunk almost completely into the ground, while on the opposite side, the building has lifted slightly off of the foundation.
RIDGWAY â€“ Education and workforce development were major topics of discussion Thursday morning during the regular monthly meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board of directors.
Susie Snelick, North Central's Workforce Investment Board Director and a member of the board of trustees for the Rural Regional College Initiative, presented an update regarding the Rural Regional College Initiative during Thursday's North Central meeting.
RIDGWAY â€“ During opening remarks Wednesday morning in Nicholas Martin's murder trial, defense attorney Michael S. Marshall told the jury that the defense doesn't dispute that Martin killed Alyssa Forsyth.
"I'll start out by letting you know that you're not going to have to decide whether Nick killed Alyssa Forsyth," he said. "He did kill her."
Marshall explained that he believes the evidence will show that Martin, who is charged in the March 2013 stabbing death of Forsyth, is guilty of third-degree murder (voluntary manslaughter), not first-degree murder.