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August 21st, 2011
A memorial tree was planted Sunday at the Kane Armory along Chestnut Street to honor Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed July 18 while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
A bronze plaque honoring the soldier was installed at the base of the tree.
"The tree is something that will always remind us of him," Lt. Drew Campbell said during the ceremony. "We wanted to do something unique because he was unique. His life may have ended, but the tree will continue to grow in his memory."
A parking committee consisting of city councilmen Bob Roberts and Steve Skok and City Manager Dave Greene recently held its second meeting with area residents to discuss proposed changes to parking in the downtown area as the parking garage being constructed downtown is nearing completion.
At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, both residents and officials shared their growing frustration and anxiety over a recent spate of theft and vandalism involving traffic and street signs.
Supervisor Murray K. Lilley said the theft of signage is costing the township a fortune. He estimated the cost of replacing a single stolen or vandalized sign at $250.
The Thursday night Jay Township Supervisors meeting began with an exchange over freedom of information, with attendees defending their right to record such proceedings.
At Thursday's meeting, two attendees had handheld dictaphones and one had a video camera.
Supervisors said they were upset that information from a previous "special" insurance meeting on Aug. 5, 2011 had appeared in an area newspaper as well as on the internet.
As a creative writing major, Jenna Rhodes of Kersey is off to a successful start, with one of her poems selected from among more than 5,000 submissions for publication in the 2011 edition of The Apprentice Writer literary magazine.
Now in its 29th year, The Apprentice Writer was created by Gary Fincke, professor of English and creative writing and director of the Writersâ€™ Institute at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. The magazine publishes some 70 poems, stories, personal essays, photographs and works of art by high school students from a 20-state area.
Things went from bad to worse when a fire ripped through the home of Jim and Nancy Bodien at 45 Fremont Ave., Ridgway, last Saturday night.
The kitchen, dining room and bathroom took the brunt of the fire leaving the smoke and water to destroy the rest of the home.
Five miles away at Nancy's mother's residence, she received a call from her sister at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday night to tell her that her house was on fire.
Fortunately, no one was in the home at the time of the blaze.
Editor's Note: As of press time Thursday evening, the search for Desantis had resumed in the Johnsonburg area amid reports that he had been spotted. He had not yet been apprehended.
A foot pursuit and aerial search through the woods off Montmorenci Road for Jamie Lee Desantis, a fugitive who violated parole for unknown charges, were fruitless yesterday after a three-hour hunt.
Desantis was facing a state parole and had been sent to Erie County to a halfway house and had apparently not reported back to his quarters.
For the second year in a row, a car show to raise funds to benefit Make-A-Wish will be held rain or shine in St. Marys; however, this year's event has been moved to the parking lot of Tractor Supply, located along the Million Dollar Highway. Last year's event was held at the Edgewood.
Camp Mountain Run will be the site of the Bucktail Council Boy Scouts of America annual memorial service at the chapel.
The service will be Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., taking place in its usual spot as the second Saturday in September each year. This is the 18th year for the service with the first service taking place on Aug. 20, 1994.
An estimated 54 protesters expressed their concerns about the environmental impact of Marcellus Shale gas drilling during the recent "Picnic on the Wellpad" event, held inside the S.B. Elliott State Park in Clearfield County.
The event was held as part of a business-to-business networking event by the DuBois Chamber Energy Committee and the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation's Energy Team.
The park is part of the Moshannon State Forest and drilling company EOG Resources, Inc., has established several drilling sites on the property.