Archive - Jan 2011 - News Article
In an effort to drive home the dangers of drug use and abuse, area middle school students and a parent will have the opportunity to view The Reality Tour at no cost this year.
The Reality Tour is a drug prevention and awareness program hosted by the Elk County Drug and Alcohol Consortium (ECDAC). The three-hour interactive presentation will take place at the Elk County Courthouse Annex in Ridgway beginning at 6 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, Sept. 19, Oct. 17 and Nov. 21.
Maryland native and former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Stephanie Brooks is finding life interesting living deep in Pittsburgh Steelers territory.
As a first grade substitute teacher at South St. Marys Street Elementary School, Brooks has brought her Ravens spirit to the school, where her classroom is decorated in her team colors of black and purple.
HAZEL HURST â€“ A lone bull elk is wandering at its new residence in McKean County -- the Morgan farm and adjacent woodland along Bloomster Hollow Road in Hamlin Township.
"He's got the run of the whole hollow," Rick Morgan said in describing the majestic visitor to the property where he lives. "He seems to be spending more of his time lately between our place and our neighbor's place."
Morgan said the elk has been dining on round hay bales in the farm fields, as well as corn.
January is National Blood Donor Month and according to Robert Newell, Executive Director of the Elk-Cameron Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, only about five percent of eligible people actually donate blood.
"Nationally it's only five percent and I imagine we are probably pretty close to that," Newell said.
Factors that would exempt someone from being eligible to donate include if they are taking certain medications, have traveled to certain parts of the world or have recently gotten a tattoo.
Students at South St. Marys Street Elementary had the chance to become a living part of science of Friday morning during a unique presentation.
Two presentations took place in the school's auditorium, each exploring light and electricity.
The Living Science program, offered through the Bureau of Lectures, featured presenter Helen Stevens who interacted with students throughout the program. According to Stevens she will present the program to 250,000 students this year.
Several demonstrations took place, each featuring student volunteers.
The Elk County Humane Society is planning to begin a trap, neuter and release program to help control the feral cat population within the county.
While the program is expected to begin sometime this year, Humane Officer JoAnne Smith urged the public to be patient as the society waits for all of the necessary grant funding to become available.
"We're about halfway there," Smith said with regard to the funding. "Hopefully the rest of the funding will come in the first part of this year. It's about $12,000 just to equip the room and that doesn't cover the veterinarian's costs."
A reorganizational meeting for all volunteers interested in helping with this year's Reality Tour, a drug prevention and awareness program, will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Elk County Courthouse Annex in Ridgway.
Reality Tour Co-Directors Cindy Cortinovis and Val Weis said both youth and adult volunteers are welcome to attend the meeting. Youth volunteers are eligible for service hours in assisting with the tours.
"I appreciate everyone's effort to help keep this program going. Without volunteers we will not be successful," said Cortinovis.
SMETHPORT -- "He'll die a captive."
That's how McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn described the fate of Thomas Paul Haggie, who was sentenced Thursday to two "consecutive" life terms in state prison for the 2009 Bradford murder of a 21-year-old woman and her unborn son.
Learn said the sentence, which was handed down by McKean County President Judge John Pavlock during a 12-minute proceeding at the county courthouse, is "a
fitting end to this case."
North Country Kettle Corn, based in Ridgway, has been growing one kernel at a time since Jaime and Diane Leitzel opened the business in the spring of 2009.
The couple came up with the idea of starting a business as a way to alleviate their empty nest syndrome.
They traveled to numerous events around the tri-state area in 2008, seeking out a potential new business venture, eventually deciding on kettle corn.
The St. Marys Public Library has a number of programs and events scheduled over the course of the winter, many of which are geared toward encouraging younger children to read.
February will mark the third consecutive year that the library has collaborated with the Success by Six Program to collect books for children ages six and under.
According to Vicki Miller, the library's director of children's services, the purpose of the program is to get reading materials to preschool children so that they are introduced to books before they begin school.