March 30th, 2011
RIDGWAY â€“ Officials announced Wednesday morning that a deal between Elk County officials and the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] may be imminent as the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC] building hangs in the balance.
During a joint meeting between members of the St. Marys City Council and St. Marys Planning Commission to discuss ways to protect certain community resources, such as the water supply, from oil and gas drilling, the creation of a new Water Resource Protection Zone was proposed.
Now in her second year working at St. Marys Area High School, Certified Athletic Trainer Ashley Mulcahy, 25, is working to keep Dutch athletes in top physical shape by helping to prevent and diagnose injuries, provide rehabilitation and monitor their condition.
"I chose to go into the athletic training field because I think it's a nice combination of athletics and medicine," Mulcahy said.
March marks National Athletic Training Month as recognized by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), through which Mulcahy is accredited.
Elk County recycling/solid waste coordinator Bekki Titchner announced during the Elk County Solid Waste Authority meeting on Tuesday afternoon that the group has registered its three upcoming tire collections through the Great American Cleanup of PA.
The authority had previously discussed the matter during their February meeting; however, at that time they were uncertain as to the dates and times that the collections would be held.
James F. Bliskey, 60, of Troy, Michigan, and formerly of Pittsburgh, died on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in Troy, Michigan.
He was the son of the late Eloy and Dolores "Curl" Bliskey.
Besides his wife, Cynthia Bliskey, he is survived by the following children, Jodie Sesi, James Bliskey Jr., Brian Bliskey and Becky Dominguez; six grandchildren, Caleb, Wyatt, Mia, Mackenna, Noah and Landon; two sisters, Grace Corcoran and Mary Anne O'Donnell; numerous nieces and nephews; and by his faithful Beagle, Patches.
The Elk County Catholic track and field teams opened their season Tuesday by hosting the Punxsutawney squads.
The Punxsy teams swept the Elk Catholic squads. The Chucks beat the Crusaders 82-68 while the Lady Chucks edged the Lady Crusaders 76.5 to 73.5.
â€śWe had a good opening meet today,â€ť said ECCHS Coach John Schneider.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders opened the 2011 tennis season on Tuesday afternoon with an 8-1 victory over the Johnsonburg Area High Rams in a match played at Benzinger and Memorial parks.
"This was a good start to the season," said ECCHS Head Coach Nick Caggiano. "We definitely wanted to come on strong and I believe we accomplished that. In singles, Ben and Jarid played strong tennis and imposed their game well. They were patient when they had to be and aggressive when they had to be.
Jean â€śMinnieâ€ť (Bricen) Lander, 84, of the Elk Haven Nursing Home, St.Marys, died on Monday, March 28, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.
She was born on June 28, 1926 in Weedville, daughter of the late Thomas and Agnes (Gardner) Bricen.
She lived all of her life in Elk County. She worked as a nurse's aide for Ridgway and St. Marys hospitals and Helpmates. She worked as a bar manager or waitress at Ridgway Country Club, Peacock Lounge of St. Marys and Aiello's CafĂ© of Ridgway.
Vincent Drago, 102, of Portland Mills Road, Ridgway, and formerly of St. Louis, Missouri, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center after complications from pneumonia.
He was born in Palermo, Sicily on Jan. 1, 1909, son of the late Luigi and Mattia Calamia Drago.
Long-time Elk County Solid Waste Authority member Wendell Lion announced his resignation from the group during its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon. Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner indicated that Lion, a resident of St. Marys, has served on the board for over 20 years.
For his part, Lion attributed his age as the major reason behind his resignation.