Archive - Jul 2011 - News Article
The annual mock emergency drill at the St. Marys Community Pool that took place Wednesday afternoon went well, according to pool manager Gregory L. Snelick.
Each year, Snelick and members of the St. Marys Area Ambulance Service coordinate a mock 911 call and drill to better prepare pool lifeguards in the execution of emergency procedures.
Snelick said pools and surrounding areas can be dangerous in any location, even under close supervision, and it only takes a second for someone to be in trouble.
"The purpose of the drill is to look for areas that need to be improved," Snelick said.
A recent inspection by state officials found Elk Haven Nursing Home below the state industry average in the number of deficiencies found, a positive result following the completion of an annual weeklong standards survey conducted at the facility in late May.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Municipal Authority member Ed Gapinski updated borough council members Monday on the status of the water sales agreement with the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company.
The agreement for the municipal authority to sell the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company up to 157,000 gallons of water per day was put on hold last month by the state Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
"We are in trouble with DEP," Gapinski said. "We have outstanding VOCs [Violations of Compliance]. We have a control panel that should be installed at Silver Creek right now."
The Central PA 4th Fest continues to draw a massive crowd to their annual celebration, all of which is centered around a 43-minute spectacular fireworks display touted as the one of the top three in the U.S., behind New York City and Boston.
"We're extremely pleased and happy with the turnout. Things fell in place wonderfully. We were blessed with good weather, the crowds came out and overall had a wonderful day," said 4th Fest Executive Director Bernie Keisling. "It was great to see all the families walking around. Mission accomplished."
Former St. Marys resident Jenn Steele, now a resident of Titusville, Fla., submitted several photos of the final NASA space shuttle mission as the space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on Friday, July 8. An estimated one million spectators gathered along Florida's space coast to witness the epic event. Due to overcast skies, many spectators only witnessed about 10 seconds of the launch before the shuttle disappeared into the clouds. Emotions ran high as the 30-year program marked an end of an era commemorating the 135th flight in the space shuttle program.
A fugitive who walked out on his work release approximately 11 months ago has been apprehended in Hartwell, Ga.
According to Elk County Prison Warden Gregory J. Gebauer, William Umstead, who previously was employed as a laborer for a company in Bradford, has been on the loose for nearly a year.
Umstead, serving a 90-day sentence for domestic relations [failure to pay child support], was granted work release but failed to report back to Elk County Prison following his shift nearly a year ago.
Long-planned renovations at Elk Haven Nursing Home are all but complete, with just a few finishing touches remaining.
"The facility recently underwent an extensive renovation that began in August 2010. The renovations were designed to provide comfort, safety and a home-like atmosphere for our residents," said Tom Davido, administrator at Elk Haven.
The Elk County road improvement project on state Route 120 that began last year and resumed in April is expected to be completed by September.
The work zone on SR 120 stretches east for four miles from Ridgway toward St. Marys.
"Work includes concrete patching, concrete resurfacing, curbing and ramps, manhole adjustments, drainage and guide rail updates," said Marlaine Fannin, public information officer for PennDOT District 2, which includes Elk County.
According to the Elk County Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration, Stephen P. Skrzypek of Kersey has withdrawn from the race for Magisterial District Justice 59-3-03. Skrzypek withdrew his candidacy on July 5, according to the elections bureau.
In the primary election held May 17, Skrzypek won the Democratic nomination and was set to face Republican primary ballot winner Mark S. Jacob of St. Marys in the Nov. 8 general election. Both candidates cross-filed on the ballots.
At Wednesday's regular meeting, Fox Township Supervisor Dave Mattiuz introduced a motion that any work being subcontracted within the township should be required to come before the board for permission. He added this would exclude any work having to be completed in an emergency situation.
Supervisor chairman Mike Keller noted that this would be very restrictive and that the proposal should include a specific dollar amount of work, adding any work under $500 should be exempt.
Roadmaster and supervisor Randy Gradizzi said he disagrees with the proposed motion.