September 6th, 2011
Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] projects for the fiscal year are in line after a public hearing Tuesday and subsequent meeting to approve allocations.
Among the figures are $55,000 for "slum and blight remediation" for the clearance and demolition of slum and blight properties within the county.
"We're going to try to take care of some of the blighted properties in Elk County," said Tracy D. Gerber, CDBG coordinator. "We're trying to focus on some of the properties that are in the repository at the county level.
Robert "Bert" Sorg has announced that he will mount a write-in campaign for Magisterial District Justice 59-3-03 for the Nov. 8 General Election.
"We're going to mount a good campaign. We're going to try it," Sorg said.
The Elk County Commissioners have publicly endorsed the implementation of a Marcellus Shale impact fee on each unconventional gas well in Pennsylvania.
"We had met with Senator [Joe] Scarnati and we were voicing our concerns for the human service side of this and they're going to be hit with this Marcellus Shale and housing, that part could be problematic," said Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg. "I know a lot of folks are concerned about that and other programs of interest.
Betty E. Frank, 76, of 675 Montmorenci Ave., Ridgway, and formerly of 231 Spruce St., died peacefully Monday morning, Sept. 5, 2011, at Mountain Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clearfield.
She was born July 18, 1935, in Ridgway, daughter of the late James A. and Twelda E. (Gulnac) Richards. She was married to Edmund J. Frank, who preceded her in death in 2001.
BENEZETTE â€“Â Youth visiting the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette now have one more special "elk" to look forward to seeing. On Saturday afternoon, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) officially unveiled "Benny," the mascot/ambassador for its new youth conservation education program.
"Benny is our youth program ambassador," said Elk Country Visitor Center operations manager Carla Wehler. "He will be the ambassador for our youth membership, our conservation program, things like that."
On Monday, the 59th annual Bennetts Valley Labor Day celebration contended with a constant rain, but event planners and attendees made the best of it.
Carl Smith of the Jay Township Fire Department, who has volunteered at the event for the last 40 years, said that while attendance was down Monday, Sunday saw record attendance.
"I think it's the weather today that's keeping people away. Yesterday we sold 107 armbands, we've never sold that many before," Smith said.
Elda M. Romanic, 78, of Bennetts Valley Highway, Byrnedale, died Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Nelsonâ€™s Golden Years of DuBois, following a lengthy illness.
She was born December 20, 1932 in Coal Hollow, daughter of the late Renaldo and Angelina (Bianchi) Gornati.
She married Andrew Romanic Jr., who died in 2000.
She lived most of her life in Byrnedale, was a graduate of Kersey High School and was a housewife.
For the second year in a row, the Elk County Catholic Crusaders football team started off their season with a victory over the Cameron County Red Raiders, this time picking up a 19-6 victory. Both teams had plenty of extra time to consider their strategies during Saturday eveningâ€™s match-up at Dutch Country Stadium in St. Marys, as the game was delayed for an hour and 15 minutes during the second quarter due to visible lightning from a storm to the north of the county.
The St. Marys Area cross country teams opened their seasons on Saturday by competing in the Big Valley Invitational held at Reedsville.
The Dutchmen took fifth place with a total of 176 points. State College won the team title with 45 points, followed by Mifflin County 66, Altoona Area 78, Bellefonte 167 and St. Marys. There were a total of 12 teams represented in the boysâ€™ AAA race.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team opened the 2011 season with a 34-28 victory over the Brookville Raiders Friday night at Dutch Country Stadium before a good-sized crowd.
â€śThat was a good football game. It was well-played by both squads,â€ť said Dutch coach Joe Schlimm. â€śI thought we played gutsy and played with emotion and heart.â€ť
â€śDuring our second possession of the second half, we began to win the battle at the line of scrimmage,â€ť he said.