January 24th, 2012
RIDGWAY - Elk County Waterways Conservation Officer Thomas McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission attended Monday night's Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] meeting to report on a bentonite spill that occurred along Silver Creek near Johnsonburg in November 2011.
On Nov. 15, the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company spilled a large amount of bentonite into the stream. The bentonite quickly made its way into a reservoir controlled by the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority.
Bentonite is a form of impure clay that easily absorbs water and is often used to facilitate gas drilling.
Our most loving and giving mother, Eve Metelski, 89, of Ridgway/Johnsonburg Road, died on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the home of her daughters, surrounded by her cherished family.
Eve was born on March 31, 1922, to Barney and Josephine Kolinoski Piurkoski in Johnsonburg. Eve married the love of her life, Dorik Metelski Sr., on May 11, 1946, and together they began their life journey that lasted for 49 wonderful years.
ST. MARYS â€“ As people remember former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno following his death at age 85 on Sunday, one man with local ties reminisced about what it was like to take the field as a player under Paterno and what he has learned as a result.
A recruited walk-on, Joe Rose played on the team from 1995-1999 as a defensive back and linebacker. He described his experience of being a member of the team under Paterno as "one of the greatest blessings in my life."
During the recent St. Marys City Council meeting, Councilman Greg Gebauer inquired about the complaint form process within the city and the process involved when investigating residents' claims.
After studying a complaint report provided by all members of council, Gebauer inquired about a March 2011 incident involving a resident's flooded basement caused by a plugged catch basin.
"To me I would think that would be some type of priority. Was that ever looked into or is it being taken care of?" Gebauer asked.
The Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] approved three dirt and gravel road projects during Monday night's regular meeting.
Three applications were submitted for projects in Jones and Fox Townships.
According to ECCD Chairman Russ Braun, a meeting with the Quality Assurance Board was held prior to the regular meeting to rank the projects.
"As far as the rankings are concerned, the two Jones Township projects came in on top and the Fox Township project came in third," Braun said. "They are all good projects and there is enough money to cover all three and all three were approved."
Mary T. Stubber, 88, formerly of 180 Queens Rd., St. Marys, died on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at the Sara A. Todd Nursing Home in CarlisleÂ after livingÂ with Alzheimer's for many years.
She was born September 15, 1923 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Michael and Helena Biszak Ausserer.
On November 27, 1948 in St. Marys Church, she married the late John J. Stubber, Sr., who preceded her in death on October 20, 1988.
Organizers are preparing for what will be the 13th installment of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous scheduled for Feb. 18-25 in downtown Ridgway.
"We're excited because it's coming fast and we're excited about the new location," said Zoe Boni, daughter of Rendezvous founders Rick and Liz Boni.
St. Marys native Kelly Carver recently left the West Coast and is back on the East Coast serving as the new gallery coordinator at Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA).
Carver returned to the area from Seattle, Wash. in February 2010 and began an association with ECCOTA that led to her current position.
"I moved back home in February of 2010, and then in June of 2010, I became a volunteer and then I sat on the board of directors of ECCOTA. So I sat on the board until August of 2011 and then the job of gallery coordinator became available and they offered me the position," Carver said.
The Bucktail Council's "Scout Buddy" Get Fit Initiative began this past Wednesday with an official weigh-in held at the Council Service Center in DuBois.
The official weigh-in saw 66 scouts and parents, or 33 teams of two turn up with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts ranging in age from six to 18 years old.
Joyce Ann Samick White, 73, of King & Queen Court House, died on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.Â
Joyce was the youngest of five children of the late Leo and Agnes Samick of St. Marys.Â She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ralph White; two daughters, Marjorie White and her husband Matthew Koenig of Aydlett, N.C., and Susan Wass and her husband Barry of Gloucester, Va.; two grandchildren, Aaron and Karsyn Wass; a sister, Delores Frey and her husband Joe of St. Marys, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.Â