"Yellow-bellied sapsucker" may sound like an insult, but members of the newly formed Allegheny Highlands Bird Club know it's actually one of the many bird species living in the region. Club members are hoping to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about this bird and others with residents in Elk and surrounding counties.
"The area is really, really rich in birds and lots of different species of birds," said John Fedak, the club's president.
Ariannah Nicole Nero Rairdan, of 602 Washington St., St. Marys, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital following a three-month premature delivery.
She was born Aug. 17, 2011 at DuBois Regional Medical Center, daughter of Patrick John Rairdan and Kayla Michelle Nero.
She struggled to survive for eight days, and for those eight days she was survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and paternal and maternal grandparents and great -grandparents, as well as friends of both families.
Edith F. Mrofchinski, 90, of 403 Valley View Ave., and formerly of 102 Evergreen Dr., Ridgway, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, August 30, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her family.
She was born June 4, 1921 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Jefferson P. and Emma (Dallenbach) Oertly.
She married Andy (Ezoc) Mrofchinski on Feb. 14, 1941. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1997.
Changes to the 'Castle Doctrine' law, which provides for an individual's right to stand their ground and defend their home from an intruder or attacker, were enacted this past Saturday, and law enforcement officials are speaking out about how the public and firearm owners should best prepare themselves to handle such a situation.
Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey Krieg emphasized the importance of training.
"The more training you have, the less likely you are to have an accident or do something you regret," Krieg said.
Secco Designs, LLC is launching their "Charity Proud 2011" fund drive tomorrow as a way to benefit a deserving nonprofit charity and one lucky customer.
"There's so much going on with the economy today that charities need more donations," said Mary Secco, owner of Secco Designs. "Our goal is to give away a sizable amount of money."
Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner announced during Tuesday afternoon's Solid Waste Authority meeting that she was successful in obtaining a grant from the Stackpole Hall Foundation to aid in the purchase of a new baler for the Community Recycling Center, which is located at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys.
The county's recycling program stands to lose a significant amount of state funding during the upcoming grant cycle, according to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner.
"They are going to be cutting the amount of 904 funding that we can expect to get by about 40 percent and we're looking at losing at least $5,000," Titchner informed members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority on Tuesday afternoon.
Merle W. "Bus" Liggitt, 86, of Zelienople, formerly of McDonald and St. Marys, died Monday, August 29, 2011 in the Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot.
He was born October 14, 1924, in Rennerdale, son of the late Mueirl William and Amanda (Walton) Liggitt.
He was a truck driver/owner. He was also a single-engine private pilot, enjoyed playing the steel guitar and was a fan of Archer II. He was a member of the United Mine Workers and former member of the Washington Nazarene Church.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch tennis team remained undefeated on the young season with a 7-2 victory over the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks Tuesday afternoon at the SMAHS courts.
At first singles, Punxsyâ€™s Anna Monyak defeated Mary Rosman 6-4, 6-2.
At second singles, Amy Orr of the Lady Dutch beat Shaina Reddinger 6-0, 6-1.
Aubrey Wiesner of the Lady Dutch defeated Serra Wasicki 6-4, 7-5 at third singles.
At fourth singles, SMAâ€™s Chelsea Agosti won her match 6-3, 6-2 over Lauren Wolfe.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader tennis team raised their record to 3-1 on the season Tuesday afternoon when they defeated the Clearfield Lady Bisons by a 9-0 score in a match played at Benzinger Park.
â€śWe played well against a young, inexperienced Clearfield squad. This was Clearfieldâ€™s first match of the season. They have a very nice group of young ladies. Theyâ€™re enthusiastic about playing and thereâ€™s no doubt theyâ€™ll improve in their future matches,â€ť said ECCHS coach Pete Meier.
At first singles, ECCâ€™s Abby Meyer defeated Lauren Whitmer 6-0, 6-0.