Archive - Jan 2012 - News Article
RIDGWAY â€“ At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, a lengthy discussion was held concerning the possible hire of a worker(s) to aid in the running of the Elk County Community Recycling Center in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. The Elk County Commissioners were also present at the meeting to give their input on the matter.
CAPSEA, Inc. [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse] has conveniently-placed Wish List drop-off boxes at three Northwest Savings Bank locations as part of an annual drive to assist in supplying abuse victims staying in the Ridgway shelter with the basic necessities.
Wish List drop-off boxes are located at the Ridgway, St. Marys and Johnsonburg Northwest Savings Bank office locations.
Wish List items include household items, cleaning supplies, paper products, food, gift cards for victims, and both drugstore and children's needs.
While January may have been designated as Thyroid Awareness Month, the thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam's apple, is important to individuals' health year-round.
According to information provided by Elk Regional Health Center, "although relatively small, the thyroid gland influences the function of many of the body's most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and skin. Ensuring that the thyroid glad is healthy and functioning properly is important to the body's overall well-being."
BROOKVILLE â€” A Punxsutawney man who served as the jury foreman in the Steven Rebert double-homicide trial, which concluded late Friday, said the jury became deadlocked while deliberating whether or not Rebert should be put to death.
Rebert was sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora, after the jury could not come to a consensus as to whether or not he should be put to death in the murders of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, Brockway, who were found shot to death in their home April 12, 2010.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Break out the red carpet for the Groundhog Day trek to Gobbler's Knob for two important figures: Punxsutawney Phil and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
The Groundhog Club's Inner Circle confirmed last week that Corbett and his wife, Susan, will indeed attend Groundhog Day 2012, serving as the guest speaker at the annual Groundhog Banquet Feb. 1 and making the trek with the Inner Circle the morning of Feb. 2.
Despite the mercurial winter this year, the ice skating rink at Kaulmont Park is operational, though only as the weather permits, according to Winter Park Director Kurt Nesbitt.
"We are up and running now at the skate pond, but with the freezing and melting it is a day-to-day basis," Nesbitt said. "If the rain stays away and the nights continue to get cold we will have the park open on a steady schedule, so let's hope the rain stays away."
Nesbitt explained that there are a few factors that are taken into consideration regarding when the rink opens each year.
On Friday evening, South St. Marys Street Elementary School students and parents gathered for the school's third annual Mini Relay for Life.
The school's gymnasium was transformed into a hub of activity as approximately 85 students, from kindergarten to fifth grades, participated in various event stations.
According to Susan Babik, American Cancer Society community income development specialist for the east central division, which includes Elk and Cameron counties, the students succeeded in raising nearly $5,500 for the American Cancer Society.
Ashley O'Dell, new community outreach coordinator at the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, started in her new position in mid-December 2011 and has been busy getting to know various business owners and area residents.
"Mainly I serve as a liaison between the businesses and the Chamber. I go out into the community to listen to business owners' needs, as well as the needs of our community," O'Dell said.
BROOKVILLE - A hung jury sentenced former Emporium resident Stephen P. Rebert to life in prison for the shooting deaths of Brockway residents Wayne and Vicky Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010 in their Coal Tipple Road home.
The jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the death penalty, which was being sought by Jefferson County District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett. Eight jurors were for the death penalty and four for life, an automatic sentence of life in prison.
Kersey residents Dennis McGeehan and his wife Deb Shaw have embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. The couple will be on Semester at Sea, a ship that provides educational learning experiences for college students while sailing worldwide to many ports of call.