Archive - 2011 - News Article
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.
A capacity home crowd will be cheering Saturday at Heinz Field as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens in a pro football playoff game.
But before the action begins on the field, these same fans will be saluting several Purple Heart recipients-- including Leo "Jerry" Geibel of Kane-- in a pre-game ceremony at the stadium.
"It's a privilege to be part of the Purple Heart ceremony," Geibel said. "I want to thank the Steelers, who made it possible."
Smith's Sport Store officially closed its doors on Dec. 30, 2010 after 87 years of business in the St. Marys downtown area.
According to owner Jeff Buchheit, the biggest reason for the decision to close the business stemmed from people changing the way they spend their time.
"Hunting has changed dramatically over the course of the last 20 years, but it's been on a fast-paced changed in the last five," Buchheit said.
Members of the St. Marys Area High School Swim and Dive Teams put their teamwork to use during a recent collection drive for the Elk County Humane Society.
"We decided that as a team that we wanted to do something bigger than ourselves this year," said Megan Barber, girls' team co-captain.
The teams solicited donations prior to their Intersquad Meet on Dec. 17. The meet featured swimmers and divers from the high school, as well as junior high members of the Blue Tide team.
Through work-release fees and housing revenue, the Elk County Prison generated over $120,000 for 2010.
Speaking at a prison board meeting Tuesday morning, warden Gregory J. Gebauer indicated that total housing revenue for 2010 from housing out-of-county inmates was $64,250. Work-release fees collected for the year were $60,372.65.