April 11th, 2012
RIDGWAY - Township supervisors from Elk County had concerns about the stateâ€™s new oil and gas drilling law versus local ordinances at a recent meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
Fox Township Supervisor and Roadmaster Randy Gradizzi and Jay Township Supervisor Murray Lilley questioned representatives from the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) about protections in the new law (Act 13 of 2012) and whether they were sufficient to adequately shield area residents and water sources from the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling.
RIDGWAY - Ridgway Mayor Guillermo Udarbe and Consul General of the Philippines Mario De Leon Jr. and his staff attended a meeting with Congressman Glenn Thompson [PA-5] Wednesday afternoon at his office in Bellefonte to encourage sponsorship of a bill aimed to allow the duty-free entry of Philippine garments into the U.S.
Currently the bill, H.R. 2387, Save Our Industries Act, has 20 bipartisan cosponsors hoping to grant the duty-free entry of Philippine garments into the United States if the textiles and fabrics are made in the U.S.
RIDGWAY - Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) presented some more in-depth information about the state's newly enacted legislation dealing with Marcellus Shale drilling at a Tuesday meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
Act 13 of 2012 amends the state's oil and gas regulations and was signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett on Feb. 14, 2012. The law implements an unconventional gas well fee, or a drilling impact fee, and directs funds generated by the impact fee to local and state governments.
After nine years of supporting U.S. servicemen and women by sending care packages all over the world, the Letters From Home program is retiring on Sunday, April 22 following its 35th and final campaign.
"By all means, the military has told us our mission is complete. We've had a wonderful, wonderful ride, made a difference, met a lot of nice people and couldn't be more proud," said Christine Jovenitti, LFH founder and director who established the program in May 2003 when her son's unit was deployed to Iraq.
George M. Uhl, 83, of 718 Uhl Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday evening, April 10, 2012, at the UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie after a brief illness.
He was born June 18, 1928, in St. Marys, son of the late John T. and Edna Schaberl Uhl. On April 30, 1955, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Marie T. Wilhelm, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 23, 1995.
He was a self-employed plumbing and heating contractor with Feldbauer & Uhl, Inc.
David A. Sharp, 88, of Clearfield, died on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at his home, which he made with his sister Catherine Coder of Clearfield.
He was born on Sept. 3, 1923, in Brush Run, Clarion County, son of the late Harry W. and Alverta Macinch Sharp.
He was employed as a coal miner, and was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of Clearfield. He was also a member of the Clearfield Veterans of Foreign Wars F. Michael Sicks Post #1785.
He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.
Amer V. Haight, 92, of 123 Swede St., Dagus Mines, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Pinecrest Manor after a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 2, 1919, in Emlenton, son of the late Joseph Curtis and Ozzie Silvis Haight. On Jan. 25, 1946, in Miola, he married Violet R. Allshouse, who survives.
He had been a resident of the area since 1951. He attended Elder Township School and was a retired employee of Airco Speer, retiring in 1972 after 27 years of service.
The results from Monday night's live voting round of NBC's "The Voice" were announced during another live show on Tuesday. Votes were cast from 10 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday and the top three vote getters on Team Adam and Team Cee Lo were automatically advanced to the next round of the competition. The bottom three vote getters on each team had the opportunity to perform one last song, with their coach then selecting one to "save," while the other two were eliminated from the competition.
Members of the Elk County Gas Task Force learned more about the new Marcellus Shale drilling law that recently took effect at their Tuesday meeting, including a brief overview of shale deposits in the state.
State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Oil and Gas Manager Craig Lobins discussed what a typical well site might look like and some history about drilling. According to Lobins, the first Marcellus well in Pennsylvania was drilled in 2004.
The Elk County Women's Social, sponsored by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, is looking to 'Spruce Up for Spring' for its 24th annual dinner, which includes tips by local experts on interior design, painting, decorating and much more.