August 5th, 2012
KERSEY â€“ Work continued over the weekend as members of Midway Utica, N.Y. moved their amusement rides in preparation for this week's Elk County Fair.
While patrons will later this week embark on the fairgrounds in Kersey, organizers said work for this year's fair began just a little while after last year's event ended.
"We've been doing our hoagie fundraisers, they do very well, and we've had flea market craft shows that do fairly decent," said Jamie Wolfe, grounds manager. "We have a sign program as well where you pay money to have a sign on the fence at the grounds."
William â€śBillâ€ť Rio, 86, of Bennetts Valley Highway in Penfield, died on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home following a short illness.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1925 in Tyler, son of the late Giacmo and Anna (Kovalick) Rio.
He married Olga (Kematick) on Aug. 21, 1948. She preceded him in death on March 18, 2009.
Mr. Rio was born and raised in Tyler and lived most of his life in Penfield.Â He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and retired from Rockwell International of DuBois.
Curtis Allen â€śCooterâ€ť Maholtz, 60, of Benezette, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at home following a short illness.
He was born on March 14, 1952 in DuBois son of the late Chester â€śCootâ€ť Maholtz and Mabel (Barrett) Maholtz, who survives.
He married Brenda (Gallagher), who survives.
Mr. Maholtz was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1970. He was an equipment operator for coal companies. He lived most of his life in Bennetts Valley.Â
John J. Bencic Jr., 54, of Homer City, died at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 after fighting a long battle with cancer.
He was born on March 10, 1958, the son of Helen (Kanick) and the late John J. Bencic Sr. On Sept. 7, 1985, he married Amy Sorg.
John was a graduate of Homer Center High School. He worked for Homer City Coal Processing Corp. for 34 years before his retirement due to illness in January 2012.Â
KERSEY â€“ Organizers and volunteers are vigorously preparing for next week's 38th Annual Elk County Fair in Kersey.
With amusement rides provided by Midway Rides of Utica, N.Y., general admission is $6 daily or patrons may purchase advance tickets at the Corner Market & Deli in Kersey. Advanced tickets will be sold for $20 and will give a patron access during all five days of the fair, which runs from Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 11.
A notice was received by Fox Township stating Veolia Environmental has secured a Share Purchase Agreement to sell the solid waste business in the U.S. to Advance Disposal Services (ADS) Waste Holdings. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fall.
As stated in the July 24 letter, ADS Waste Holdings owns two other companies: Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. based in Jacksonville, Fla.; and Interstate Waste Services, Inc. based in Basking Ridge, N.J.
Editor's note: This is the final part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Pittsburg, Shawmut, & Northern Railroad.
According to local historian Ray Beimel, the demise of the Pittsburg, Shawmut, and Northern Railroad came about after the physician in the company towns of Force and Byrnedale "drew attention to the terrible conditions of bad water and sewage in the streets."
JOHNSONBURG - The Elk County Tax Collection Committee voted Thursday to approve a resolution effectively ending the county's contract with the Central Tax Bureau (CENTAX) tax collection agency as of the end of the second fiscal quarter.
The announcement comes following ongoing difficulties with CENTAX, including payments and returns unaccounted for and the company failing to distribute collected earned income tax (EIT) monies to local municipalities and school districts.
The Area Transportation Authority's (ATA) celebrated the opening of its new Transit Center by hosting a ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday. The center is located on the ground floor of the St. Marys Parking Garage on Depot Street.
Margaret A. Eckert, 89, of 131 Wendel Rd., St. Marys, died on Wed., August 1, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illess.
She was born Jan. 31, 1923 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late George and Margaret Geyer Schneider.
On Nov. 27, 1943 in St. Mary's Church, she married the late James G. Eckert, who preceded her in death on March 16, 1993.
Mrs. Eckert was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and was educated in the local schools.Â She was a member of Queen of the World Church.Â She was a dedicated mother, grandmother and homemaker.Â