June 28th, 2011
As many people have read or seen in news reports, a northeastern Pennsylvania couple was arrested this month on charges of killing their unwanted newborn. While this is an extreme and rare situation, it is important for people to know that the state has a program in place to help people who are unwilling or unable to care for their child to prevent such tragedies from occurring.
RIDGWAY - With tax revenue already budgeted and a bond issue, Elk County officials have been able to purchase the Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] to house the county's 911 Center with no new taxes.
"In the taxes that we bring in in our budgeted tax revenue, there is a small percentage for at least the last 20 years that has been levied for capital improvements," said Daniel R. Freeburg, one of three commissioners for Elk County.
The St. Marys Little League Baseball 11-12-year-old all-stars opened play in the District 10 South Division Tournament on Monday by playing host to the Punxsutawney stars.
Punxsy came away with a 5-0 victory over St. Marys. Punxsy will now travel to Ridgway on June 29, while St. Marys will return to action on Friday, July 1, when they meet the loser of Wednesdayâ€™s DuBois vs. Brookville game.
St. Marys had three hits in last nightâ€™s game, as Dan Stauffer doubled while Jeff Wehler and Pat Hoffman each singled.
Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt announced during the group's meeting Monday evening that organization is teaming up with the Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) to conduct an invasive and noxious weed survey on a limited number of area properties between now and the end of August. According to Putt, only 17 property surveys will be conducted.
"We have the ability to do up to 17 of these surveys and at this point we're open to do 17," Putt said.
As part of an initiative to encourage music participation in young students, Elk County Catholic High School (ECCHS) is seeking donations of old band instruments which will be put into the hands of fourth grade students to provide them with the opportunity to learn to play an instrument.
"We are hoping to increase the number of students by putting instruments in their hands and to build a strong music program," said ECCHS Band Director Ray Knight.
The Ridgway Rotary is introducing its first annual Quilting Bee fundraiser and local wilderness-themed quilt to be completed by residents.
Local residents are invited to join in on the fun and help construct a block of the quilt, which will be raffled off at the Rotary's annual Quilt Show on Oct. 15 at the Udarbe Complex.
"One of our fundraising projects for this year is to begin the annual Quilting Bee," said Rotarian Linda Assalone Holtz. "All of the profits from raffling the quilt will go right back to the town.
"The concept is to design a quilt and let the residents help make it."
A new project to spark creativity in the community, titled â€śIdeas Worth Sharing,â€ť has begun at the parks in St. Marys. Started by Park Director Denny Posteraro, the project focuses on the children and adults in the community by keeping them entertained, increasing their knowledge in the arts and maintaining a connection with the passion for learning new things.
â€śUsually parents sign their kids up for things,â€ť said Posteraro. â€śWe want to kids to go home and ask their parents to do these things because they want to.â€ť
KERSEY â€“ The first annual Smoke on the Mountain Annual Benefit cookoff was held Friday and Saturday at the Fox Township Fire Department in Kersey.
Joe Kugler, Lieutenant 32 of the Fox Township Fire Department, said the idea is to enjoy some good food and good company. Kugler was one of the main contacts for the event along with Ron Deahl, the chairman of the barbecue committee.
Anthony James Assalone, 76, of Mt. Run Road, Penfield, died Friday, June 24, 2011, at home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 28, 1934 in Weedville, son of the late Anthony James and Rose Assalone Sr.
He married Catherine (Webb) Assalone on Nov. 22, 1958, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 9, 2010.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
ST. MARYS - In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Stoltz Family Dealerships is planning to give back to the communities it serves by donating $25,000 to local charities.
The automobile sales and service business, which has five locations throughout Elk, Clearfield and Potter counties, is giving away $25,000 to local charities selected by area residents who cast a vote for their favorite charity.