February 2nd, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gov. Tom Corbett professed his early spring preferences just prior to Punxsutawney Phil's 126th annual prognostication early Thursday morning at Gobbler's Knob, but as history has shown, the Seer of Seer relies on nothing else except than his own instinct.
The result, as read by Vice President Mike Johnston: "As I look at the crowd of Gobbler's Knob, many shadows do I see; so six more weeks of winter it must be."
When asked if he was pleased with Punxsy Phil's prognostication, Corbett replied, "No. Now we've got to get PennDOT ready."
Veolia Greentree Landfill Manager Don Heinrichs was not able to attend Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, but Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner provided a report on his behalf.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders picked up a 43-19 senior night victory over the visiting DuBois Area Lady Beavers on Wednesday evening at ECCHS.
Both teams started out slow in the first half, with ECC leading 7-6 at the end of the first period and 13-9 at the half.
"In the first half we shot 2-for-11 from the foul line and I think we were 4-for-20-something in the first half. You aren't going to put many points on the board shooting those percentages," said ECC coach Ken Pistner.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team dropped a 46-35 District 9 League game to the Bradford Owls last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Dutchmen were limited to three points in the third period, while the Owls scored 13 to take a 29-18 lead into the fourth quarter. Bradford led 16-15 at the half.
â€śThe three points in the third quarter was probably the most important aspect of the game that led to our defeat tonight,â€ť said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
Being able to touch Abraham Lincoln's Bible used during presidential inaugurations or reading an authentic journal of a Civil War soldier were just two things St. Marys Area Middle School teacher Cherri Gigliotti never imagined were possible until she attended the Library of Congress Summer Teachers Institute.
As part of the five-day institute held in Washington, D.C. throughout the summer, participants are permitted an all-access pass to the Library of Congress' vast archives.
RIDGWAY - At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, the authority reorganized for 2012. After the meeting began, the members immediately went into executive session to discuss personnel matters, with no official action taken.
Russ Braun was reappointed as chairman of the authority, Robin Dubler as vice-chair and John Moran as secretary. Jim DeVittorio will continue as the authority's solicitor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite being born in the Philadelphia area, Gov. Tom Corbett insists he is a western Pennsylvania man by heart who has observed Groundhog Day since he was a child.
"When I was young, we had only three TV stations, and one of them we couldn't get â€” not in North Hills," said Corbett, the second sitting Pennsylvania governor to attend Groundhog Day. "We always hope for more winter and snow so we could play outside."
While the logging industry has played a pivotal role in the Commonwealth's economic development and prosperity, with the housing market down and lumber prices falling local loggers like Shawn Sheeley of 4S Logging and Lumber, Inc. of Kersey have had to find additional ways of making ends meet.
The focus of Sheeley's business has shifted from lumber sales to more of the land-clearing services needed in a range of projects, from abandoned mine reclamation to natural gas well site construction.
Wilfred E. "Buck" Eckert Sr., 95, of 351 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys, and formerly of the Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road in Johnsonburg,
died peacefully on Tuesday evening, January 31, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Jan. 10, 1917 in St. Marys, a son of the late Edward and Rose Brechtel Eckert. On Oct. 6, 1962 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Greta Dorio Eckert, who survives.
The St. Marys Area gymnastics squad closed out their home season with a 128.2-120 loss to the Altoona squad.
â€śOverall the meet went pretty well. I was pretty pleased with the girlsâ€™ performances,â€ť said St. Marys coach Irene McCandless.