June 29th, 2011
What began as a small unattended campfire on May 29 has turned into the biggest blaze in Arizona history. Recently helping in the battle against this epic blaze were forest firefighters Don Weis of St. Marys and Bill Maiers of Johnsonburg.
The pair recently returned from a 17-day stint out West, from June 8-24, where they were among three Pennsylvania crews sent out to assist with the firefighting efforts.
"A fire of this size will need resources from all over the country," Weis said.
Members of the Elk Conservation District announced at their meeting earlier this week that they plan to have a new logo created for the organization. The current logo used by the group on its county website was created by conservation district member Kim Bonfardine and was never officially adopted by the group.
Chairman Russ Braun sparked the logo discussion when he asked members to adopt the current, unofficial logo, so that he could have it put on shirts for members to wear during an upcoming field day.
Elk Conservation District manager Steve Putt informed his fellow group members at their recent meeting that he had developed a fill-in-the-blank packet for individuals who need to have an erosion and sediment control plan, as stipulated in Chapter 102 of the Pennsylvania Code. Putt referred to the packet he created for information related to the erosion and sediment control plan as a "small project."
David J. "Bud" Silvis, 86, of 152 Baumer Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at the Pinecrest Manor after an illness of the past several months.
He was born on March 27, 1925, in St. Marys, the son of the late David and Irene Cheatle Silvis. In November 1949 at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, he married Loraine E. Overturf, who preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 1999.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. He was employed as a chemical engineer at the Stackpole Carbon Co., retiring in 1983.
The St. Marys Legion baseball team ran their record to 11-1 on the season as they defeated the Kane Legion by a 12-0 score in five innings Tuesday night at Kane.
St. Marys returns to action this evening when they play host to the Wilcox Legion at 7:30 p.m. at Berwind Park. Wilcox and Fox Township will complete Saturdayâ€™s suspended game beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Berwind Park. Fox and Wilcox were tied 11-11 going into the eighth inning.
As many people have read or seen in news reports, a northeastern Pennsylvania couple was arrested this month on charges of killing their unwanted newborn. While this is an extreme and rare situation, it is important for people to know that the state has a program in place to help people who are unwilling or unable to care for their child to prevent such tragedies from occurring.
RIDGWAY - With tax revenue already budgeted and a bond issue, Elk County officials have been able to purchase the Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] to house the county's 911 Center with no new taxes.
"In the taxes that we bring in in our budgeted tax revenue, there is a small percentage for at least the last 20 years that has been levied for capital improvements," said Daniel R. Freeburg, one of three commissioners for Elk County.
The St. Marys Little League Baseball 11-12-year-old all-stars opened play in the District 10 South Division Tournament on Monday by playing host to the Punxsutawney stars.
Punxsy came away with a 5-0 victory over St. Marys. Punxsy will now travel to Ridgway on June 29, while St. Marys will return to action on Friday, July 1, when they meet the loser of Wednesdayâ€™s DuBois vs. Brookville game.
St. Marys had three hits in last nightâ€™s game, as Dan Stauffer doubled while Jeff Wehler and Pat Hoffman each singled.
Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt announced during the group's meeting Monday evening that organization is teaming up with the Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) to conduct an invasive and noxious weed survey on a limited number of area properties between now and the end of August. According to Putt, only 17 property surveys will be conducted.
"We have the ability to do up to 17 of these surveys and at this point we're open to do 17," Putt said.
As part of an initiative to encourage music participation in young students, Elk County Catholic High School (ECCHS) is seeking donations of old band instruments which will be put into the hands of fourth grade students to provide them with the opportunity to learn to play an instrument.
"We are hoping to increase the number of students by putting instruments in their hands and to build a strong music program," said ECCHS Band Director Ray Knight.