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January 30th, 2012
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.
The North Central Workforce Investment Board, along with Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center and Penn College of Technology, recently implemented a ShaleNET Floor Hand class for 14 participants from various counties throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. The PA CareerLink, comprised of North Central Workforce, Veteranâ€™s Administration and Bureau of Workforce Development Staff, assisted in the recruitment of job-seekers hoping to start a new career in the natural gas industry to utilize the new program.
BROOKVILLE â€” As the penalty phase for Steven P. Rebert began Thursday â€” two days after he was found guilty of killing Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, in their Coal Tipple Road residence in April 2010 â€” District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett reminded the jury that itâ€™s not all about whether it sends Rebert to prison for the rest of his life, or it sentences himÂ Â Â to death.
The phase during which the jury explored Rebertâ€™s innocence or guilt is over: The jury found him guilty of killing the Shugars, Burkett said, â€œand now, itâ€™s not just about Steven Rebert anymore.
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] have for the past several months been working to develop a new web-based planning and asset management tool.
With a November 2011 bentonite spill in Johnsonburg's Silver Creek highlighting the potential environmental hazards posed by Marcellus Shale activity, Wildlife Conservation Officer Tom McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) spoke at January's meeting of the Elk County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs about the environmental effects of Marcellus Shale activity on Elk County's wilds and wildlife. In an interview Tuesday, McMann discussed further the pros and cons the industry poses to animal habitats and aquatic resources, as well as what he has seen of both in Elk County so far.