August 15th, 2011
The logging industry in Elk County was the featured topic at this year's 15th annual Elk County Farm Bureau Legislative Tour, held Monday morning at Dave's Saw Shop on Linwood Avenue in St. Marys.
Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) were among the attendees at the event, which included a group discussion on the logging industry, the challenges it faces and its affiliation with the agricultural industry. They were joined by Farm Bureau members and lumber industry representatives.
Laurene L. Leuschel, 51, of St. Marys, was sentenced on Monday morning at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway by 59th Judicial District Judge Richard Masson for the charges of theft by unlawful taking, a grade three felony, and tampering with evidence, a grade one misdemeanor. Leuschel had previously pleaded guilty to the charges during the countyâ€™s monthly return day session on Friday, June 3. At that time, sentencing had been deferred so that a pre-sentence investigation report, including a forensic mental health evaluation conducted by Dr. David Webster, could be prepared.
Michael A. Bigley, 61, of 1914 Settle Road, Newark Valley, N.Y., died Monday afternoon, August 15, 2011, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, N.Y. following a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.
He was born December 14, 1949 in Pittsburgh, son of the late Frederick and Dorothy Wallace Bigley.
On February 5, 1972, in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, he married Lynn Steudler, who survives.
He graduated from Keystone Oaks High School, Pittsburgh. He also attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The team competitions in high power were completed Tuesday at the Ridgway Rifle Club as part of the NRA National Silhouette Championships.
Team "Mexico 2" was the overall winner in standard rifle with a score of 173. Team members are Jorge Moreno (Saltillo, Mexico), Angelica Kuess Davila (Laredo, Texas) and Enrique Kuess Sr. (Laredo, Texas).
Team "PE ELL #1" was second overall with a 172. Team members are Dennis Martinen (Yakima, Wash.), Laura Goetsch (Whites Creek, Tenn.) and Eric Boos (Little Rock, Wash.)
The high power hunting rifle event completed the second day of three Friday afternoon at the Ridgway Rifle Club as part of the NRA National Silhouette Championships.
Luke Johnson (Marysville) had a score of 34 and was the match winner. Mark Pharr (Round Rock, Texas) was second and Angelica Kuess Davila (Laredo, Texas) was third with a 33.
Luke Johnson (Marysville) swept both matches Friday in the high power matches at the Ridgway Rifle Club.
Johnson won the standard rifle match with a score of 35. Laura Goetsch (Whites Creek, Tenn.) took second with a 34 and William Zander (Houston, Texas) was third with a 33.
The high power hunting rifle competition began Thursday at the high power range of the Ridgway Rifle Club as part of the NRA National Silhouette Championships held all this week at the club.
Mark Pharr (Round Rock, Texas) was Thursday's match winner in hunting rifle with a score of 34. William Zander (Houston, Texas) was second at 31 and Luke Johnson (Marysville) was third in the open category with a 30.
The NRA National Silhouette Championships continued with the high power events beginning Thursday at the Ridgway Rifle Club high power range.
In high power standard rifle, Angelica Kuess Davila (Laredo, Texas) was the match winner with a score of 33. Fred Kielbowick (Ridgway) was second overall with a 33 and Enrique Kuess Jr. (Laredo, Texas) was third with a 33.
The NRA National Silhouette Championships concluded the smallbore section of the week Tuesday.
Cathy Winstead-Severin (Joplin, Mo.) won the national championship in smallbore hunting rifle with a 3-day score of 108 (37-36-35). Enrique Kuess Jr. (Laredo, Texas) was second overall with a 106 and Kenneth M. Haupricht (Johnsonburg) finished third overall with a score of 102.
The NRA National Silhouette Championship completed action in the smallbore standard rifle event with a familiar face garnering the national championship.
Cathy Winstead-Severin (Joplin, Mo.) won the smallbore standard rifle national championship with a 3-day score of 113 (39-38-36). She also won the smallbore events in Ridgway last year.
Enrique Kuess Jr. (Laredo, Texas) was second overall in the aggregate with a total of 109 and Angelica Kuess Davila (Laredo, Texas) as third at 105.