June 19th, 2011
Jay Township Supervisor Jeremy Rippey came under fire from a township resident during the supervisors' meeting Thursday evening for voting at a past meeting to approve fellow supervisor Francis Gustafson to a position on the Jay Township Water Authority when a township resident had also submitted a letter of interest in the position. Gustafson had also voted for himself at that time, providing the other necessary vote to allow him to fill the vacancy.
At a Jay Township Supervisors meeting earlier this year, remarks had been made that it was not appropriate for the township's three supervisors to hold a weekly work schedule meeting during the working hours of supervisor Murray Lilley, who also works for the township. The supervisors began holding the meetings after eliminating the township's roadmaster position, which Lilley had previously held. Lilley was then subsequently hired to fill a maintenance position with the township, with the supervisors as a group determining employees' work schedules.
According to Jay Township Supervisor Francis Gustafson, the township loses around $1,500 to $1,600 a year replacing stolen or damaged road signs.
"We just put new ones up on the hill and they're all busted," Gustafson said.
He asked his fellow supervisors Murray Lilley and Jeremy Rippey if they had any suggestions on how to combat the reoccurring problem.
William L. "Triple P" Summerson Sr., 81, of 214 Columbus St., St. Marys, died Friday, June 17, 2011 at the home of his son William Summerson Jr. of Cuneo Road, Kersey, after an illness of the past two months.
He was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Sterling Run, son of the late Fred Leroy and Marie Devling Summerson.
He attended Sterling Run schools and had resided in St. Marys since 1992. He was a former employee of the Mallery Lumber Co. in Emporium and retired from the Bureau of Reclamation and had been last employed by the Keystone Carbon Co.
Otto A. Shippling, 84, of Woodland Avenue, Johnsonburg, died Saturday, June 18, 2011 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center of Erie after a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 9, 1926 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Adolph and Luise (Granitza) Shippling.
On July 2, 1949, he married Louise (Johnson), who survives.
He lived all his life in Johnsonburg and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School.
He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater, American Theater and on board the USS Amsterdam during WWII.
Ellen Mary (Prenger) Meier, 62, of Norcross, Ga. and Hidden Valley, died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at her home.
She was born July 27, 1948, in Fort Wayne, Ind., a daughter of the late Alvin and Ann (McCauliff) Prenger.
The St. Marys Legion baseball team improved to 6-0 on the season with a 5-2 victory over the Bradford Legion Friday night at Berwind Park.
Ben Daghir went the distance for the St. Marys squad, as he scattered eight hits while striking out 13.
St. Marys had seven hits in the contest, led by Ricky Pearsallâ€™s three-for-three night with a triple, a double and a single. Jordan Weinzierl doubled while Kevin Hoy, Eric Wehler and Nate Geist all singled.
â€śRicky (Pearsall) had a good night at the plate, which he has been doing all season,â€ť said St. Marys manager Fran Pasi.
School choice is currently a hot topic in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, according to Amy Hill, communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Hill was the main speaker at a news conference held Friday afternoon at DuBois Area Catholic School regarding Senate Bill 1.
"Senate Bill 1 is a good sort of stepping-off place when we're talking about school choice in Pennsylvania right now," Hill said. "The bill aims to increase the very successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which has been in existence for about 10 years now."
Two hundred twelve Elk County residents were inducted into the state's Voter Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Thursday in the St. Marys Area High School cafeteria.
Kim Frey, director of the county's Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration, gave the opening remarks.
"These are the go-getters. They are the people who have shaped our community," Frey said of the Hall of Fame honorees, noting that she knows many of them personally because of their participation in the election process, both as voters and as volunteers. She also encouraged everyone to exercise their right to vote.
Pennsylvania State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) is a great ally to have in support of Senate Bill 1, according to DuBois Area Catholic School President Fr. Rick Tomasone. Currently under consideration, S.B. 1 is legislation that would both increase funding for the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship program and create Opportunity Scholarship Grants for students who meet specific income requirements to help offset the cost of tuition at the school of their choice. Scarnati is a co-sponsor of the bill.