Archive - 2010 - News Article
The holiday country song "Santa's Gonna Come in a Pickup Truck" may not be far off the mark this year, with local dealership St. Marys Chevrolet teaming up with Project Gifts for Elk County by pledging to collect four truck beds full of toys for the area's disadvantaged children.
The Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys, is holding an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening in an effort to help better educate community members on how materials are processed at the facility. The center has been accepting recyclables since the beginning of October.
Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling coordinator, encouraged area residents to attend the event, though she noted that this is strictly a social event and individuals will not be permitted to drop off recyclables.
In the fall of 2009, staff members from Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse [CAPSEA] had just returned from the funeral of their colleague, Liz Mitchell, when they received some news that was both joyous and sorrowful: the grant they had applied for to revamp the backyard at their shelter had just come through, but their dear friend Liz, who was the driving force behind the project, would not be there to share it with them.
Cold and rainy weather on Thursday morning did not discourage area residents from participating in this year's Turkey Trot, a 5K (3.1-mile) walk/run that has been held annually by the Schlimm family for the past six years. Proceeds from the event benefit the Prostate Urologic Program at UPMC.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Joe Sestak, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district, passed through Elk County yesterday morning and partook in an informal gathering at the American Legion along the 300 block of Main Street in Ridgway.
Serving as a U.S. Representative since 2007, the 2010 Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat lost a close election to Republican Pat Toomey.
Hunters can help feed the hungry by sharing their extra venison as part of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s charitable venison donation program, Hunters Sharing The Harvest (HSH).
The program distributes venison to the stateâ€™s food banks through a statewide network of participating butchers.
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.