May 3rd, 2011
The Elk County Prison Board continued a recent trend Tuesday morning by continuing to update existing policies used at the Elk County Prison.
"We have additional policies that have been updated since our last meeting that need to be approved as well," said Elk County Prison Warden Gregory J. Gebauer.
The updated policies pertain to staffing from an administrative standpoint; security issues, including commitment/recommitment, use of force (taser use) and instruments of restraint; and treatment involving healthcare and suicide prevention, screening and response.
As part of the spring 2011 project/community affairs meeting at East Branch Clarion River Lake, several organization representatives presented updates on an array of topics tied in with the dam.
Also at the meeting, Elk County Commissioner Ron Beimel said the county has been holding monthly Marcellus Shale committee meetings in which a combination of state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) personnel, representatives from drilling companies, environmentalists and concerned citizens attend. Fellow Commissioner June Sorg chairs the meetings.
Lola M. Haynes, 88, of Pinecrest Manor, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 18, 1923, in Austin, the daughter of Harold and Delores Shepard Major. She married Lester E. Haynes, who predeceased her in October 1958.
She had been a Ridgway resident since 1962. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was also a member of the choir. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She had been employed as a housekeeper for the Bogart Hotel.
Ruth Caroline Fritz, 95, formerly of Washington Street, Elk Haven Nursing Home and 589 S. St. Marys St., died Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the home of Mary Beth and John Zelt.
She was born Feb. 14, 1916 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Eberle Fritz.
She attended Sacred Heart Parochial School and graduated in 1934 from Central High School. She was a retired employee of G. C. Murphy Company.
She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.
Kenneth G. Evans, 83, of 143 Hemlock Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday morning, May 3, 2011, at the Elk Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born May 7, 1927, in Wilcox, son of the late Kenneth and Agda Johnson Evans. On April 8, 1949, in Johnsonburg, he married Anna Mae Heitzenrater, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Wilcox High School, Class of 1945. He retired from the Pure Carbon Company in 1996 after 44 years of service.
Martha J. Eicher, 97, of Pinecrest Manor, died Sunday morning, May 1, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 26, 1913 in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Martin and Anna Johnson Johnson.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter L. Eicher.
She had lived in Ridgway all of her life. She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She was a Registered Nurse in Ridgway and Elk County General Hospital, retiring in 1978.
The Lady Chucks of Punxsutawney handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch a 6-0 setback in a softball game played on Monday afternoon at the Benzinger Park field. The game was moved from the St. Marys Area softball field to Benzinger due to wet conditions at the Lady Dutch home field.
Randa Depp, a left-handed hurler, picked up the victory for the Lady Chucks as she threw a three-hitter, striking out six and walking no one. Kelsey Fritz took the loss for the Lady Dutch, giving up six runs on 10 hits, striking out four and walking one. Both teams committed two errors in the game.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg baseball rallied with a 4-run sixth inning to take a 6-4 victory over Elk County Catholic Monday afternoon at Knothole Area Recreational Park.
The Crusaders had a 4-2 lead entering the home half of the sixth inning, but the Rams sent nine hitters to the plate en route to taking the lead. Mitchell Holmberg led the inning off by being hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a passed ball. After a fly out, Zac Luhr singled up the middle to move Holmberg to third and Quinn Luhr followed with a single of his own to plate Holmberg, pushing the lead to 4-3.
Members of St. Marys City Council discussed a zoning ordinance amendment to the city's ordinance on oil and gas development during their meeting on Monday evening. The draft of the amendment was recommended by the St. Marys Planning Commission.
City Zoning Officer Matt Pfeufer attended the council meeting and explained that the amendment draft was essentially the same as what was presented to council and the planning commission at the two groups' joint meeting on March 29.
During the recent annual briefing on the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative, Ta Brant, PA Wilds Small Business Ombudsman, presented a recap of the past year and an update on current programs.
"Things are definitely happening in our region," Brant emphasized. "One of the keys is to balance nature and commerce."