January 24th, 2011
Hip-hop artist and St. Marys native Dustin "Dee" Aunkst is hoping to move his career to the next level with his new album, "This Music is My Diary," set for release today.
Aunkst remembers when he first began honing his craft at various venues in and around Elk County, initially recording tracks in his bedroom at his mother's house.
"My favorite thing about St. Marys was the laid-back atmosphere. While I was in high school, it was easy to walk around with a backpack full of CDs to sell. It was a smaller town, so any song I put out created a buzz," Aunkst said.
PENFIELD â€“ Despite temperatures below zero Saturday morning, the Bucktail Council held the Polar Bear Weekend at Camp Mountain Run [CMR] in Penfield.
The event, touted as the largest activity for youth in the Bucktail Council each year, consists of troops staying overnight in tents at CMR; competing in 12 skill and fun events throughout Saturday using the patrol method; and pulling a Klondike sled to all stations with certain scouting equipment on it.
Area residents traveling along Depot Street in recent months have been able to witness the beginning phases of construction of what will soon be a two-floor, 191-stall parking garage.
Construction of the garage, which is expected to help alleviate parking issues in downtown St. Marys, began in September and the city's portion of the project is scheduled to be completed in July.
According to city manager Dave Greene, so far there have not been any major construction delays due to the winter weather, and crews are currently working on the facility's lobby and stair masonry.
Students who will be attending college for the first time this year will benefit from a free upcoming event that offers the use of computers and professional expertise to help them complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). On Wednesday, Feb. 2, the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC) will hold application completion sessions in the computer lab at its downtown St. Marys location.
During their Thursday evening meeting the Jay Township Supervisors briefly discussed a variety of township business.
One of the items of old business on the supervisorsâ€™ meeting agenda was their Junk Yard Ordinance, which has been in the works for some time. Supervisor Jeremy Rippey explained that he had spoken to township solicitor Tom Coppolo earlier in the week and he had indicated that he was nearly finished reviewing the document and the supervisors could have it back as early as next week.
Oral arguments are scheduled Thursday in the appeal of a federal preliminary injunction against a U.S. Forest Service moratorium on the drilling of oil and gas wells in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).
A panel of three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will hear the arguments at the Collins J. Seitz Courtroom in the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. Judges expected to serve on the panel include Julio Fuentes, Michael Chagares and Jane Roth.
Mary Mulhern Trambley Schreiber, 84, died at The Washington Home in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21, 2011 after years of declining health.
Susan M. Pleskovic, 54, of Brownstown, died Jan. 20, 2011 at Windber Hospice.
She was born Feb. 17, 1956, in Johnstown, the daughter of William and Maeline (Kysel) Pleskovic Sr.
Susan was the former owner of Consolidated News.
She is survived by her mother; her brothers and sisters, Francis, married to (Kathleen) Hecker, Johnstown, Barbara, married to Mark Walczak, Reading, Mark, married to Anna, Johnstown, Kathryn, married to Robert Petrosky, Johnstown, Christopher, married to Lydia Trio, Johnstown, William, Johnstown, and Michael, Johnstown; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Pamela Ann Locke, 50, of Francis Place, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at her home in New Castle.
She was born Aug. 7, 1960 in St. Marys, a daughter of Joan (Caskey) Gnan and the late Harold Gnan.
She married Kenneth L. Locke Sr. on Nov. 17, 1997. He survives in New Castle.
Mrs. Locke was a front-end coordinator at the Butler Avenue Giant Eagle for 19 years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, the outdoors, and four-wheeling. She also loved people and will be sadly missed by her dog, Bella Mia.