October 25th, 2011
ST. MARYS - The owner of the pitbull found shot last week in the Lake City area said the dog was "family" to him and he shot it because it was attacking his fiancee and would not respond to his commands to stop.
Jeremiah Wickett, 35, of Lake City, said he had raised the dog, Ganja, a six-year-old half-pit bull, half-bull mastiff, from a puppy. He said he and his fiancee, Michelle Oertly, 34, also of Lake City, were standing on their front porch on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 18 engaged in a play "wrestling" match when the dog attacked Oertly, latching on to her left leg.
RIDGWAY â€“ According to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, close to 200 tons of material have likely come through the Community Recycling Center over the course of the past year. Not only is the county's recycling program thriving, but the program's budget is also no longer in the dire straits it was a year ago.
"We are no longer bleeding red, which is incredible," Titchner said.
State Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) will be hosting a number of meetings intended to address concerns held by his constituency, specifically those pertaining to veterans' affairs and new transportation regulations for truck drivers.
Truck drivers' meeting
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine reported no abnormal findings for the Elk County Monitoring Project during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting.
"I haven't found anything abnormal," Bonfardine said. "Each of the streams I have been looking at have different conductivity rates in them, but that's normal. I haven't discovered anything outrageous."
Dr. Bruce Dickson of AGES, Inc. [Applied Geology and Environmental Science] is assisting Bonfardine in the project.
Geraldine Ann Williams died on Thursday, October 6, 2011 after a courageous seven-year battle with cancer.
She was born to the late Silvio Frank and Celesta Ann Trentini Fenice on December 10, 1944 in Weedville.
She graduated as Salutatorian from Bennetts Valley High School in 1962.
She married J.C. â€œBuck" Williams III on January 14, 1967. They lived in Wilcox before relocating to Lewisburg, W.V. in 1994.
She worked at Airco Speer until starting a family and subsequently owned and operated Jayfor timber companies with her husband until their retirement.
James A. Neubert Jr., 66, of Erie, formerly of St. Marys, died at his home on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.
Born in St. Marys on November 5, 1944, he was the son of the late James A. and Victoria Kornacki Neubert Sr.
He married Josephine "Josie" Martin Neubert, who preceded him in death in 2003.
He was a graduate of Tech High and served 33 years in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps with tours in Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom and the War on Terror until 2005.
He had worked at G.E. and as a cook at the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse and Independence Court.
Helen R. Adams, 90, of Mt. Pleasant Rd., Penfield, died Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a short illness.
She was born July 15, 1921 in Port Vue, Pa., daughter of the late John Francis and Helen (McKenna) Moore.
She married Louis Adams on October 9, 1940. He preceded her in death on November 16, 2006.
Nearly 20 local residents, senior citizens, business owners and employees were in attendance at a special parking meeting held Monday evening at City Hall. St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer and City Councilman Dick Dornisch hosted the meeting, during which attendees discussed their concerns and potential solutions to parking in downtown St. Marys.
The Elk County Conservation District approved the proposed 2012 budget during Monday night's regular meeting.
District officials budgeted $190,897 for the 2012 fiscal year with a three-percent raise for employees.
An executive session was held prior to the meeting to discuss the budget.
"We went over some numbers and I think we came up with a fairly well-balanced budget," Braun said.
Braun said the decision for the three-percent wage increase was based off of what county officials were doing.
Edward A. "Sonny" Seelye Jr., 79, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, and formerly of 1044 S. Michael Road, died on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
He was born August 4, 1932 in St. Marys, a son of the late Edward and Mary Ann Caskey Seelye.