September 7th, 2011
Last weekâ€™s judicial ruling on the ownership of sandstone in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) may help bring about a favorable court decision for forest oil and gas well drillers.
Thatâ€™s the message given by R. Timothy McCrum, a Washington-based attorney who represents the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) and Minard Run Oil of Bradford.
The Elk County Historical Society will be hosting its 5th Annual Cemetery Walk this Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., an oral history will be presented in the Center House Museum for those who cannot walk the cemetery. Refreshments will be served after the program.
The guided walking tour of Pine Grove, St. Leo and Thayer Cemeteries will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10. To take part in the cemetery walk, meet at the Pine Grove Cemetery at 3 p.m.
R. Thomas Valentine, 87, of 327 Chestnut St., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 at his home following an illness of the past year.
He was born Jan. 29, 1924 in St. Marys, son of the late William and Minnie Cable Valentine. On Nov. 11, 1967, in the Queen of the World Church, he married Mary Rita Eckl, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of the St. Marys High School. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1985 after 42 years of service.
Thomas J. Stefano Sr., 74, of 164 State St., St. Marys, died early Wednesday morning, Sept. 7, 2011, at his residence following an illness of the past month.
He was born Aug. 29, 1937 in Ridgway, son of the late Michael and Anna Mae Zuchowski Stefano.
On Jan. 9, 1960, in Cambridge, Ohio, he married Elizabeth Mae Gray, who survives.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball team opened their home season on Tuesday by sweeping the Kane Lady Wolves by a 3-0 score at the SMAHS â€śDutch Ovenâ€ť.
St. Marys won the first game 25-19, took the second game 25-21 and won the third game 25-20.
â€śI thought we played with intensity tonight,â€ť said St. Marys coach Erica Vogt.
â€śWe served the ball decently but I would like to see some harder hits,â€ť said the coach.
â€śI thought we covered well tonight. We gave the game ball to Chelsea Gregori who finished the night with 34 digs,â€ť said Vogt.
The Lady Dutch were handed a minor setback on Tuesday afternoon as they came up short in a back-and-forth contest against Port Allegany, picking up a 3-2 loss to open their regular season. It was a cloudy and cool, yet dry afternoon at St. Marys Area High School's soccer field, despite it having rained off and on throughout much of the morning.
A considerable portion of the game was played on Port Allegany's side of the field as St. Marys kept Port keeper Jordan Edgell on her toes; however, the Lady Dutch were unable to get many shots into the goal.
The Elk County Catholic cross country teams opened their home seasons on Tuesday when they played host to the Punxsutawney teams.
The Crusaders beat the Chucks by a 24-31 score, while the Lady Crusaders defeated the Lady Chucks 27-30.
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.