January 8th, 2012
RIDGWAY - Workers in the Marcellus Shale industry and a local well fire department were on hand Saturday for a confined space entry and rescue training and certification program held at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds.
During the program, simulations and drills were held that practiced rescuing injured workers from a frack tank. An actual frack tank, a tank that is used to hold water used in the hydrofracturing process that extracts natural gas from shale formations deep beneath the earth's surface, was used as part of the activities.
Flutterbye is a support program created by the Community Nurses, Inc., to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.
The program reaches out to grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The support program meets monthly for meetings and yearly for a day camp. Because of a grant awarded by Women Who Care, the program will be extended to a two-day camp in the summer of 2012.
At last week's Fox Township Supervisors meeting, Supervisor and Public Works Director Randy Gradizzi provided details on the bid results for the timber sale on Toby Water property.
Twenty-two white oak trees were harvested for the sale, with the worth of the timber estimated at $57,000. A motion was approved by the supervisors to accept the top bid of $53,635 from Allegheny Wood Products.
Additional bids were submitted by Brownlee Lumber for $50,160; St. Marys Lumber for $48,788; Walker Lumber for $42,865; Matson Lumber for $38,401; and I.T. Lumber for $34,541.
John A. Fedus, 79, of 7965 Laurel Mill Rd., Ridgway, died Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born May 15, 1932, in Johnsonburg, son of the late Charles and Anna (Bedner) Fedus.
On Sept. 29, 1956, he married Edith T. Strauss, who survives.
He had resided in Ridgway for the last 55 years and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and a member of the American Legion Post #208. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean conflict.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders defeated the Sheffield Wolverines 63-57 last night in a game played at ECCHS.
Sheffield led for the first half of the contest, holding a 8-6 advantage at the end of the first period and a 17-15 lead at halftime. ECC came to life in the second half, taking a 36-29 lead at the end of the third quarter and then holding on for the 63-57 victory.
"It was a good win," said ECC coach Aaron Straub. "Any time you can give up 28 points in the fourth quarter and still win has got to be a good one."
The Bradford Area Lady Owls basketball team escaped with a 54-51 District 9 League victory over the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
During Thursday night's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors, Superintendent Ann Kearney presented information on the annual yearly progress report and explained how the district will adopt and meet new state standards and requirements related to curriculum and graduation.
"We are now transferring our instruction from the Pennsylvania standard [assessment] anchors that we were teaching to and now we're trying to transition over to the Keystone Exams," Kearney said.
The Fox Township Supervisors approved interim funding of $70,000 for the Fox Township Sewer Authority during their Tuesday meeting.
The money will be used to pay the $68,933 balance of the authority's Headworks project, which involved the creation of a pre-filtration system which helps to decrease the wear and tear on the plant.
St. Marys native Bill Parana is a busy man. Now living in the northwestern mountain area of Hendersonville, N.C., he holds down both a full-time and a part-time job and finds them both interesting, especially as they are quite different from each other.