Archive - Nov 2010 - News Article
BENEZETTE â€“Â Members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Delaware-based Tri-State Bird Rescue and private citizens, including Andy and Kay Mattone of Tarentum, gathered at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette on Tuesday afternoon to witness the release of a golden eagle.
The eagle was believed to have been struck by a vehicle along SR 555 near Benezette in mid-October and was treated at the Tri-State Bird Rescue in Delaware. After a lengthy rehabilitation process, the eagle was finally healthy and ready to be released.
The Cellular Connection, a premium Verizon Wireless retailer, is opening its doors Wednesday at three area stores in St. Marys, Ridgway and Brookville.
Grand openings are starting at 10 a.m., with the stores featuring all of their Black Friday sales on â€śWhite Wednesday,â€ť a term which District Manager Abie VanAlstine created in anticipation of Black Friday.
Refreshments will be provided at the event, as well as a radio remote broadcast from the St. Marys store and ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
Pennsylvaniaâ€™s bear population has been steadily increasing for the past decade and according to Matthew Lovallo, wildlife biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, there were estimated to be between 17,000 and 19,000 black bears in the state prior to this yearâ€™s three-day bear hunting season.
â€śIn terms of bear population, we have more bears now than we ever had in Pennsylvania,â€ť Lovallo said.
Preserving the past for the future was a theme Alissa Fleming and Julia Scacchitti embraced as they worked on their Girl Scout Gold Award project, which entailed digitizing all of the Crystal Fire Departmentâ€™s archives.
The Elk County Catholic High School seniors began their project in January 2008 and finished in August. The bulk of their efforts consisted of scanning photos and articles from as far back as the 1960s.
â€śWe needed 65 hours for the project and we went above and beyond that,â€ť Fleming said.
Bear season opened Saturday, though numbers were down slightly from in years past.
This year's three-day hunt began on Saturday in an effort by the Pa. Game Commission to try to accommodate more hunters.
"It was really designed to increase opportunities," said Doty McDowell, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Northcentral Region. "By opening on a Saturday, there are kids that wouldn't be available to hunt on a Monday, so by providing a Saturday opener they were hoping to provide more opportunity for everybody."
Several visitors aired their concerns and thoughts on numerous issues during Thursday eveningâ€™s Jay Township Supervisors meeting.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Daniel was in attendance at the meeting and said there have been no new trends occurring within the township that residents should be concerned about.
â€śAs always, we are trying to get township input about any problems,â€ť Daniel said.
The Elk County Sheriff's Department recently accepted a donation from the Loyal Order of Moose in Ridgway to help offset the costs of various programs offered to the community's children.
"We go to any location, normally every year we'll go to the different schools and present different programs," Deputy Chief Theresa Merritt said. "There is an organization that does homeschooling and we started going to those as well."
Among the programs offered are Amber Stick, Kid Escape Program and Child Photo ID.
The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce presented "Light Up Night '10" on Friday evening. A sizable number of area residents gathered on the Diamond for the lighting of the city's Christmas lights and the arrival of Santa Claus.
Festivities got underway at 6:30 p.m., with the St. Marys Area Middle School Wind Ensemble entertaining the crowd.
Santa was escorted by the Crystal Fire Department to Northwest Savings Bank, where a long line of area youngsters waited for a chance to tell him about their holiday wishes.
SMETHPORT -- A hearing on the suppression of evidence against murder defendant Waide Eugene Nolf opened Thursday afternoon in McKean County Court.
Nolf is charged with the March murders of Tonya M. Haight, 24, and her 22-day-old baby, Tamara N. Haight. The defendant and the victims shared the same residence at 56 Pleasant St., Bradford, with five others.
McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn, who is seeking the death penalty, called three witnesses at the 90-minute hearing Thursday before County President Judge John Pavlock.
According to Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling coordinator, an instance of illegal dumping took place in the Jackson Road area on property owned by Bob Troha sometime between the evening of Saturday, Nov.6 and Sunday, Nov. 7.
Troha and his son, Steve, addressed members of the West Creek Recreational Trail Association, Inc. on Wednesday evening regarding the matter. They explained that the material was originally dumped on property belonging to the Trail Association, but was then pushed onto their property by ATV riders.