Archive - 2012 - News Article
ST. MARYS â€“ As people remember former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno following his death at age 85 on Sunday, one man with local ties reminisced about what it was like to take the field as a player under Paterno and what he has learned as a result.
A recruited walk-on, Joe Rose played on the team from 1995-1999 as a defensive back and linebacker. He described his experience of being a member of the team under Paterno as "one of the greatest blessings in my life."
During the recent St. Marys City Council meeting, Councilman Greg Gebauer inquired about the complaint form process within the city and the process involved when investigating residents' claims.
After studying a complaint report provided by all members of council, Gebauer inquired about a March 2011 incident involving a resident's flooded basement caused by a plugged catch basin.
"To me I would think that would be some type of priority. Was that ever looked into or is it being taken care of?" Gebauer asked.
The Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] approved three dirt and gravel road projects during Monday night's regular meeting.
Three applications were submitted for projects in Jones and Fox Townships.
According to ECCD Chairman Russ Braun, a meeting with the Quality Assurance Board was held prior to the regular meeting to rank the projects.
"As far as the rankings are concerned, the two Jones Township projects came in on top and the Fox Township project came in third," Braun said. "They are all good projects and there is enough money to cover all three and all three were approved."
Organizers are preparing for what will be the 13th installment of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous scheduled for Feb. 18-25 in downtown Ridgway.
"We're excited because it's coming fast and we're excited about the new location," said Zoe Boni, daughter of Rendezvous founders Rick and Liz Boni.
St. Marys native Kelly Carver recently left the West Coast and is back on the East Coast serving as the new gallery coordinator at Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA).
Carver returned to the area from Seattle, Wash. in February 2010 and began an association with ECCOTA that led to her current position.
"I moved back home in February of 2010, and then in June of 2010, I became a volunteer and then I sat on the board of directors of ECCOTA. So I sat on the board until August of 2011 and then the job of gallery coordinator became available and they offered me the position," Carver said.
The Bucktail Council's "Scout Buddy" Get Fit Initiative began this past Wednesday with an official weigh-in held at the Council Service Center in DuBois.
The official weigh-in saw 66 scouts and parents, or 33 teams of two turn up with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts ranging in age from six to 18 years old.
RIDGWAY - The second part of a Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) hearing, filed by Edward R. Kralik, 68, of St. Marys, took place Friday afternoon at the Elk County Courthouse. The first portion of the hearing took place December 8, 2011.
Kralik plead guilty in May to third-degree murder in the June 2010 homicide of Clayton Lecker of St. Marys and is currently incarcerated at State Correction Institution (SCI) Smithfield in Huntingdon.
It looks like Mother Nature finally remembered that it is supposed to be wintertime in St. Marys. After a relatively mild winter so far, city residents had to deal with several inches of snow on Thursday afternoon and weather forecasts called for several more inches to accumulate overnight Friday into today.
WEEDVILLE - Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors included a presentation by Pa. Wildlife Commission Officer Dody McDowell, who spoke on the increase in elk in the Weedville area, linking the occurrence to artificial or supplemental feeding and detailing the dangers it poses to animals and people alike.
McDowell indicated the general consensus within the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is that artificial feeding in the winter is one of the strongest contributing factors to the growing presence of elk in Weedville.
A representative of Elexco Land Services was present at Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors seeking a use permit in order to conduct seismic testing on the township's more than 50 miles of roads.
Raymond Ullrich of Elexco explained that his company was commissioned by EQT to procure the seismic testing permits.
"I thought I was just coming here [to Thursday's meeting of the board] to pick up the permit to take back and have it bonded," Ullrich said. Instead Ullrich spent the better part of an hour fielding questions from residents about what the project entailed.