September 2nd, 2011
The words 'fiscal restraint' were repeated often by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) at a town hall meeting held at the Red Fern in Fox Township Friday afternoon.
Toomey, on a tour through Elk and several neighboring counties, held the town hall meeting to address the federal debt, jobs and the economy.
The meeting did not focus as much on the local economy and jobs as it did on federal government spending and fiscal policies, with Toomey answering numerous questions from the audience of about 70 people and emphasizing a fiscal diet for the U.S. government throughout the event.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the West Creek Wetland Learning Center ready for its grand opening.
The grand opening is set for Wednesday, Sept. 28, which is also Elk County Conservation District Day.
"The majority of the landscaping of the rain and flower garden is complete for the year, except for minor details that will be completed before the grand opening," said watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine.
Thursday night, representatives from the telecommunications industry, as well as local businesses and government officials, met at Gunners Restaurant in St. Marys to discuss the implications of a proposed area code change for the region slated to take effect in the first quarter of 2015.
The Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission was recently formed to gain input from residents from across Pennsylvania regarding the impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling. Co-chaired by former state representatives Dan Surra and Carole Rubley, the group is in the process of holding a series of five hearings across the state to gain feedback so that a report can be prepared and sent to Governor Tom Corbett.
Sister Jean Marie Langevin, OSB, 93, of the St. Joseph Monastery, St. Marys, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born Oct. 10, 1917 in Ellenburg, N.Y., daughter of the late Paul and Augusta Patenaude Langevin.
In a case of cross-town rivalry at its best, the Elk County Catholic Crusader golf team edged the squad from St. Marys Area High School 224-225 in a close match played at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course on Thursday afternoon.
"It was as good of a match as we could have asked for," said St. Marys Area head coach Dan Vollmer. "Unfortunately for the Dutch, one of the players added incorrectly and had to take a higher score than they shot."
Eight players from each school participated in the match; however, only the top five scores from each team counted for their total.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader golf squad picked up a pair of wins on Wednesday afternoon as they defeated the Johnsonburg Rams and the Kane Wolves in a tri-match held at the St. Marys Golf Club. Elk Catholic won the match with a score of 211. Johnsonburg had a score of 219, while Kane had a score of 260. The match featured eight golfers from Elk Catholic, five from Johnsonburg and six from Kane; however, only the top five scores from each team counted for the match.
As the new Community Outreach Coordinator (COC) for the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, Phoebe (Bonfardine) Bonomo is looking forward to reconnecting with her hometown through promoting and facilitating economic growth and community development.
Recently the Chamber hosted a Picnic on the Porch event to introduce Bonomo to the community, as well as to showcase the building's new front facade.
"Yellow-bellied sapsucker" may sound like an insult, but members of the newly formed Allegheny Highlands Bird Club know it's actually one of the many bird species living in the region. Club members are hoping to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about this bird and others with residents in Elk and surrounding counties.
"The area is really, really rich in birds and lots of different species of birds," said John Fedak, the club's president.
Ariannah Nicole Nero Rairdan, of 602 Washington St., St. Marys, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital following a three-month premature delivery.
She was born Aug. 17, 2011 at DuBois Regional Medical Center, daughter of Patrick John Rairdan and Kayla Michelle Nero.
She struggled to survive for eight days, and for those eight days she was survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and paternal and maternal grandparents and great -grandparents, as well as friends of both families.