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December 28th

Commissioners approve budget

December 29, 2010

The Elk County Commissioners passed the $28 million county budget yesterday morning during a short board meeting.
"Our budget has been on display for the past 20 days for the citizens of Elk County to go over our plan," said Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel.
The spending plan totals $28,199,038.26. The budget includes the $5 per capita tax and the hotel tax, which is not received by the county.

Friedl calls for more signage along Bavarian Hills Road

December 29, 2010

St. Marys resident Elizabeth Friedl recently called city council's attention to the need for better signage on Bavarian Hills Road in St. Marys, particularly in the area of what Friedl described as a "blind turn" at the top of a hill.
Friedl noted that she had spoken to city manager Dave Greene about the issue several years ago, but the problem has never been corrected.
"You have no warning at all that it is a blind spot," Friedl said.
She added that she was particularly concerned about individuals not familiar with the area having problems navigating the roadway.

Marcellus Shale monitoring project in the works

December 29, 2010

During Monday night's Conservation District meeting, Elk County Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine announced a new monitoring project in the works to keep an eye on the Marcellus Shale drilling.
“My next project that I have on the list is called the Elk County Monitoring Project (ECMP),” Bonfardine said. “I'm trying to set up a monitoring project for whenever these wells are going to be drilled.”
According to Bonfardine, the drilling can be kept track of with data loggers that will be put in the streams.

John G. Herzing

December 28, 2010

John G. Herzing, 74, of 164 Terrace Road, St. Marys, died at his home on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010 following a brief illness.
He was born September 11, 1936 in St. Marys, a son of the late John A. C. and Bertha Weinzierl Herzing.
On May 16, 1959 in Queen of the World Church, he married Loretta Anderson Herzing, who survives.
He was a member of the St. Mary's Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. He retired from Stackpole Carbon Company after more than 38 years of service. He later worked at Windfall Products and for the County of Elk. He was an avid golfer.

December 27th

Crusaders, Rams reach tourney finals

December 28, 2010

The Elk County Catholic Crusaders will meet the Johnsonburg Rams this evening at 8 p.m. in the finals of the ECCHS Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball Tournament.
Elk Catholic advanced to the finals, rallying to beat the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen 51-43, while the Johnsonburg Rams rolled over the Ridgway Elkers 64-35.
ECCHS vs. St. Marys
The first period of play saw the Dutch dominate the Crusaders as they opened an 18-7 lead. Elk Catholic outscored St. Marys 11-10 in the second period to cut the St. Marys lead to 28-18 at the half.

Lady Crusaders, Ramettes to meet in tourney finals

December 28, 2010

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders will meet the Johnsonburg Ramettes tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the championship game of the ECCHS Girls’ Junior Varsity Basketball Tournament.
Elk Catholic reached the finals with a 31-8 win over Ridgway, while Johnsonburg defeated St. Marys Area 52-40.
ECCHS vs. Ridgway
The Lady Crusaders opened an 11-4 first-period lead over the Lady Elkers. The second period saw Elk outscore Ridgway 9-0 to take a 20-4 halftime lead.

Number of Red Cross volunteers dwindling

December 27, 2010

The need for volunteers has become even more imperative for the Elk-Cameron Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, according to Bob Newell, executive director of the Elk-Cameron Counties Chapter.
"Volunteerism is dying. People don't volunteer like they used to. We will be relying more on volunteers to fulfill the mission of the Red Cross," Newell said.

Haas resigns as Conservation District chairman

December 27, 2010

Elk County Conservation District chairman Les Haas announced his resignation during last night's meeting.
The new chairman for the Elk Conservation District will be appointed at this morning's Elk County Commissioner's meeting at 10 a.m.
"I have learned that the commissioners can appoint someone to fill my position, so that will take place tomorrow [Tuesday] at the County Commissioner's meeting," said chairman Les Haas.
For more on this story, see the Dec. 28 edition of The Daily Press.

Friedl questions city's responsibility to television subscribers

December 27, 2010

St. Marys resident Elizabeth Friedl recently addressed members of city council about a number of concerns involving city issues, including what responsibility the city has to subscribers of the Zito Media television service.
Mark Jacob, city solicitor, explained to Friedl that the city has a franchise agreement with Zito Media for the television service.
"Basically [Zito Media] pays the city for use of the lines within the right-of-ways of the city," Jacob said.

Marjorie A. Wilson

December 27, 2010

Marjorie A. Wilson, 84, of 185 Center St., Elk Towers, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 at the home of her daughter, Valerie Eckl of 520 Hall Ave., following a brief illness.
She was born April 19, 1926 in Byrnedale, daughter of the late Frank and Beatrice Williams Luzier. On September 5, 1946, in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, she married John O. "Jack" Wilson. He preceded her in death in 1987.

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