Archive - 2013 - News Article
In a fitting tribute honoring fallen firefighter Blaine E. "Skeeter" Wildnauer, Jr., of Kersey, a solemn procession was held Wednesday morning which included dozens of fire departments from four counties.
Wildnauer, 58, died Saturday morning in the line of duty while responding to a traffic crash on the Old Kersey Road. A lifelong resident of the area, Wildnauer dedicated 40 years of service to the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department.
QUEHANNA â€“Â The 86 individuals drawn for elk licenses in this year's drawing represented only a small fraction of the 22,331 hunters who applied. Additionally, many of those individuals had been applying for years and had accrued a number of preference points, resulting in 116,734 entries being in this year's drawing.
Given those numbers the odds of a first-time applicant being selected, much less for one of the 26 available bull tags, seemed to be slim, but that is exactly what happened for Catawissa resident William Gifford.
St. Marys has a new mayor and a tight race in Fox Township ended with a six-vote margin at the conclusion of the Tuesday election.
Bob Howard, who was once the mayor of Ridgway, was successful Tuesday in his campaign for mayor of St. Marys. He earned 1,460 votes, good enough to top Lyle H. Garner who had 1,083 votes.
St. Marys' newest full-service salon, MJ Studios, recently opened its doors offering a myriad of services including hair cuts and color, pedicures, manicures, acrylic nails, gel polish, facials and waxing.
Salon co-owners Matthew Lawson and Kelly Dauberman operate the salon, which is located at 414 S. St. Marys St., next to South St. Marys Street Elementary School.
"I had worked so hard, I was ready to branch out on my own," Lawson said. "I felt like it was time."
QUEHANNA â€“Â When Randy Caldwell's friends first called him to tell him he had been drawn for a bull elk license in this year's weeklong elk hunt he thought they were playing a practical joke on him.
The Export native recalled that he was in disbelief at first after friends told him they saw in the paper that his name had been drawn.
"But when I got about 17 calls that day I figured they must have been right," he said. "It took me a week and a half to get the official word from the game commission."
Legislative action regarding Creekside Investments, LLC, the project developer for the proposed downtown St. Marys hotel, was tabled during Monday evenings St. Marys City Council meeting.
As discussed at a previous meeting the project consists of a 65-room national flag hotel as proposed by developer Todd "Booka" Hanes of St. Marys.
QUEHANNA â€“Â Jim Scharnitz of Northampton got to have the experience of a lifetime on Monday morning as he successfully harvested a 7x6 bull elk while hunting with his father and guides from Elk County Outfitters.
The 25-year-old explained that he has applied for the drawing most years but not every year, and found out that he was one of the 26 hunters drawn for an antlered tag after a guide called him to let him know he had been selected.
QUEHANNA â€“Â As of just after 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon a total of 17 elk had been brought to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's elk check station in Quehanna. The animals were all harvested on the opening day of this year's elk hunt and consisted of seven bulls and 10 cows. The 17 tags were among 86 awarded to hunters this year, with 26 tags being drawn for antlered elk and 60 for antlerless.
Elk County voters will decide several key municipal races at the polls Tuesday.
At the county level, voters will be asked whether or not to retain current President Judge Richard A. Masson as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, 59th Judicial District, for Cameron and Elk Counties.
FOX TWP. â€“ Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department officials on Saturday afternoon confirmed the death of Blaine "Skeeter" Wildnauer Jr.
Initial reports indicate Wildnauer, 58, of Lovers Lane, Kersey, went into cardiac arrest and died at the scene of a Saturday morning traffic crash at 310 Old Kersey Rd.