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February 1st, 2012
RIDGWAY - At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, the authority reorganized for 2012. After the meeting began, the members immediately went into executive session to discuss personnel matters, with no official action taken.
Russ Braun was reappointed as chairman of the authority, Robin Dubler as vice-chair and John Moran as secretary. Jim DeVittorio will continue as the authority's solicitor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite being born in the Philadelphia area, Gov. Tom Corbett insists he is a western Pennsylvania man by heart who has observed Groundhog Day since he was a child.
"When I was young, we had only three TV stations, and one of them we couldn't get â€” not in North Hills," said Corbett, the second sitting Pennsylvania governor to attend Groundhog Day. "We always hope for more winter and snow so we could play outside."
While the logging industry has played a pivotal role in the Commonwealth's economic development and prosperity, with the housing market down and lumber prices falling local loggers like Shawn Sheeley of 4S Logging and Lumber, Inc. of Kersey have had to find additional ways of making ends meet.
The focus of Sheeley's business has shifted from lumber sales to more of the land-clearing services needed in a range of projects, from abandoned mine reclamation to natural gas well site construction.
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.