RIDGWAY â€“ County commissioners on Tuesday approved an $11.3 million spending plan that features no new taxes highlighted with a 3-percent wage increase for bargaining and non-bargaining county employees.
"The 2012 budget was presented to the public at our meeting earlier in the month," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "We went into the public participation and review process, it's been on display online as well as physically in our office, and I don't believe we've had any comments on it."
With New Year's Eve nearly here, police will be out in force and on the lookout for suspected drunk drivers. Those who get behind the wheel after having imbibed one too many holiday spirits should know that under Pennsylvania's Implied Consent Law, they have already agreed to submit to a law enforcement-administered sobriety test if they are pulled over, something many people may not know.
Dr. Joseph H. Jones, 79, of Fort Myers, Fla., died on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.
He was born Jan. 24, 1932 in Philadelphia, a son of the late Joseph H. and Florence (Bradway) Jones Sr.
Formerly of Millville, N.J., Joseph had been a resident of Fort Myers since 1991. He was a proud graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic University in St. Louis, Mo. After graduation, Dr. Jones opened his own practice, serving the community of Millville, N.J. as a chiropractor for 40 years.
Diane M. Boroi, 65, of 461 Toby Rd., Kersey, died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, 2011, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 30, 1946, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edwin and Dorothy (Miles) Swanson. On July 31, 1965, she married Irvin J. Boroi, who preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2001.
She had resided in Kersey most of her life and was a member of the Toby United Methodist Church, the Fox Township Ambulance Service, the Fox Township Fire Department Auxiliary, and had been a Girl Scout leader. She had been employed by state Rep. Dan Surra.
Judy A. Fry died on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 in Â Las Vegas, Nev.
She was born on Aug. 26, 1947 in St. Marys, the daughter of Doris Huggler Stockman, who survives, and the late John E. Stockman.Â
Judy attended St. Marys Catholic schools and graduated from Elk County Christian High School in 1964.
During the citizens' comments portion of the St. Marys City Council meeting last Monday evening, resident Mike Brock asked council members to request that the planning commission again review the city's oil and natural gas drilling ordinance, which was recently updated to address potential Marcellus Shale gas drilling.
Nancy L. Jones, 74, of Chestnut Street, St. Marys, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
She was born March 20, 1937 in Johnsonburg, the daughter of the late Paul and Helene (Kilhoffer) Stahli.
She was born and raised in Johnsonburg, lived 30 years in Ridgway and the past 15 years in St. Marys. She was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1954. She worked as a secretary for Ridgway Color, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the Elk County Prison Warden, retiring in 2009.
With a winter maintenance budget of $1.3 million and $2 million for Elk and McKean counties, respectively, Greg Sayers, PennDOT (Pa. Department of Transportation) county maintenance manager for the two counties, said he is prepared to battle Jack Frost nipping at the roads and bracing himself and his team for what he knows firsthand to be an often- unpredictable season.
Joseph A. Hillebrand, 88, of 74 Erie Avenue and formerly of Windfall Road, St. Marys, died on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 at Allied Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton.
He was born July 21, 1923 in St. Marys, a son of the late Peter and Mary Zoschg Hillebrand.
On June 4, 1944 in St. Marys, he married Patricia M. McMackin Hillebrand, who survives.
Mr. Hillebrand was a member of St. Mary's Church.Â He graduated from Central High School and retired from Stackpole Carbon Company after many years of service.Â He was a member of the K of C and the St. Marys Sportsmens Club.
Anthony John D'Amore Sr., 76, of 977 Johnsonburg Rd., died at his residence on Dec. 25, 2011 following a brief illness.
He was born June 11, 1935, the son of the late Nicola and Michelina Colontonio D'Amore. He married his wife, Lois Forster, in the St. Maryâ€™s Church on Feb. 25, 1966. She survives.