November 22nd, 2010
Pennsylvaniaâ€™s bear population has been steadily increasing for the past decade and according to Matthew Lovallo, wildlife biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, there were estimated to be between 17,000 and 19,000 black bears in the state prior to this yearâ€™s three-day bear hunting season.
â€śIn terms of bear population, we have more bears now than we ever had in Pennsylvania,â€ť Lovallo said.
Preserving the past for the future was a theme Alissa Fleming and Julia Scacchitti embraced as they worked on their Girl Scout Gold Award project, which entailed digitizing all of the Crystal Fire Departmentâ€™s archives.
The Elk County Catholic High School seniors began their project in January 2008 and finished in August. The bulk of their efforts consisted of scanning photos and articles from as far back as the 1960s.
â€śWe needed 65 hours for the project and we went above and beyond that,â€ť Fleming said.
Christine M. Schloder, 43, of 2926 Maple Lane, Wilcox, died on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 following a brief illness.
She was born July 21, 1967 in St. Marys, a daughter of Thomas Schloder and Diane Arnold Schloder, both of St. Marys, who survive.
Sharon E. Jerko, 79, of 135 Laurel Lane, Kersey, died Sunday morning, Nov. 21, 2010 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born July 15, 1931 in Hallton, daughter of the late George and Geraldine Dobson Zimmerman.
On Aug. 20, 1955, in St. Leo's Church, Ridgway, she married George R. Jerko, who survives.
Bear season opened Saturday, though numbers were down slightly from in years past.
This year's three-day hunt began on Saturday in an effort by the Pa. Game Commission to try to accommodate more hunters.
"It was really designed to increase opportunities," said Doty McDowell, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Northcentral Region. "By opening on a Saturday, there are kids that wouldn't be available to hunt on a Monday, so by providing a Saturday opener they were hoping to provide more opportunity for everybody."
Several visitors aired their concerns and thoughts on numerous issues during Thursday eveningâ€™s Jay Township Supervisors meeting.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Daniel was in attendance at the meeting and said there have been no new trends occurring within the township that residents should be concerned about.
â€śAs always, we are trying to get township input about any problems,â€ť Daniel said.
The Elk County Sheriff's Department recently accepted a donation from the Loyal Order of Moose in Ridgway to help offset the costs of various programs offered to the community's children.
"We go to any location, normally every year we'll go to the different schools and present different programs," Deputy Chief Theresa Merritt said. "There is an organization that does homeschooling and we started going to those as well."
Among the programs offered are Amber Stick, Kid Escape Program and Child Photo ID.
Mary Rose Sharkey, 82, of 570 North Michael St., St. Marys, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at the Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 16, 1928 in Philadelphia, daughter of the late David W. Oâ€™Brien, MD, and Mary Rose Magee Oâ€™Brien. She was the beloved wife of Dennis A. Sharkey Jr., MD, who survives. They were married June 25, 1955 in Waynesboro, Va.
The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce presented "Light Up Night '10" on Friday evening. A sizable number of area residents gathered on the Diamond for the lighting of the city's Christmas lights and the arrival of Santa Claus.
Festivities got underway at 6:30 p.m., with the St. Marys Area Middle School Wind Ensemble entertaining the crowd.
Santa was escorted by the Crystal Fire Department to Northwest Savings Bank, where a long line of area youngsters waited for a chance to tell him about their holiday wishes.
Michael P. Burke, 73, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, and formerly of Bennetts Valley, died on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 26, 1937 in Bryn Mawr, son of the late Cyrl and Olga Burke.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Burke, on Nov. 4, 2001.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â