Archive - 2010 - News Article
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.
After a two and a half hour special budget meeting on Monday evening, members of city council voted 6-1 to approve the adoption of the preliminary budget. The budget will have a tax increase of 1.91 mills.
During Monday evening's meeting, council members trimmed $19,543.10 from the budget, reducing it by nine tenths of a mill. Of the $19,543.10, $13,843.10 came from the elimination of a proposed three percent wage increase for management employees. The remainder of the cuts were made to various budget line items.
The Jay Township Supervisors approved a variety of ordinances and other old business items during their Thursday evening meeting.
A motion was approved to display the proposed 2011 budget at the municipal building for a 30-day review period. The 2011 budget shows the township income at $535,053, with expenses totaling $495,250.
The board chose to continue with the current nuisance ordinance, which was enacted within the township in 1992.
RIDGWAY - On Monday, arguments were heard by Judge Richard A. Masson, president Judge of the Elk County Court of Common Pleas, pertaining to a motion to move the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy Jr., 35, outside of Elk County.
Donachyâ€™s defense attorneys, Shawn McMahon and George Daghir, cited pre-trial publicity as their reason for filing the motion.
Donachy is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a 57-year-old St. Marys beautician, after he allegedly broke into her Walnut Street residence.
The Elk County Commissioners awarded the Recovery Zone Bonds Tuesday to Precision Compacted Components, Inc. [PCC] of Wilcox and Unique Venture Group of St. Marys for the building of a restaurant in downtown St. Marys.
In June 2009, the U.S. Treasury Department announced $25 billion in bonds authority available under the Recovery Zone Bonds program. The effort is geared towards areas "particularly affected by job loss and will help local governments obtain financing for much-needed economic development projects, such as public infrastructure development."