June 8th, 2011
Bill Orzechowski, executive director of the Office of Human Services in Ridgway, addressed the sizable crowd that gathered along Plum Street in Jay Township on Wednesday afternoon for the groundbreaking ceremony for the community's new senior center.
Orzechowski referred to the event as an "exciting day" and "a special day in the life of the Valley and a special day in the life of the Bennetts Valley Senior Center."
He remarked that it was especially noteworthy that a new facility was being constructed with the purpose of being a senior center.
The American Cancer Society Elk County Chapter received the Platinum Award recognizing the organization as the sixth best chapter for income growth in 2009-10 as presented by The Pennsylvania Division, Inc. Income Development.
In 2010 the Relay for Life of Elk County raised just over $81,000, surpassing their goal of $62,000.
Susan Babik of St. Marys, income development specialist for the American Cancer Society's East Central Division, including Elk County, said the organization hopes to raise $86,000.
Elk County Planning Commission Director Matt Quesneberry noted during Wednesday afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bennetts Valley senior center that until recently, he thought heights were his only fear.
"[That was the case] until I was invited to speak here this afternoon, and I realized my second fear was saying 'no' to an under-five-foot senior citizen from the Valley," Quesenberry said of Bennetts Valley Senior Center President Dolores Youngmark.
South St. Marys Street Elementary School teachers recently hosted a Literacy Night Workshop where they provided parents with new ideas to help them utilize early reading strategies with their children.
A total of 13 teachers, including those from kindergarten and first grades, along with a reading specialist, learning support teacher and speech pathologist, gathered with parents inside the school cafeteria where six stations were set up, each focusing on a different topic.
Northwest Savings Bank recently made a donation to the Elk County Sheriff's office on behalf of the women's handgun training program.
"The training program is conducted by a partnership of the Elk County Sheriff's office, the National Rifle Association and the Ridgway Rifle Club," said Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg. "The classes are usually held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall."
The classes are conducted by deputy sheriffs Shawn Geci Sr. and John Gangloff, along with other members of the sheriff's department.
BROCKPORT â€“ Brockport resident Jeff Rhed attended Wednesday's Horton Township Supervisors meeting to request the installation of traffic signs along Shawmut Road after a truck driver pointed a pistol at him in front of his residence.
"I relayed a message to the state police about possibly getting a sign to post that reads that anything over 10,000 pounds has to go 25 miles per hour because those big gas trucks come wheeling down there at 45-50 miles per hour," Rhed said.
Geraldine M. Wildfire, 80, of 173 Wehler Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the Elk Regional Health Center after an illness of the past year.
She was born May 14, 1931, in DuBois, daughter of the late Charles L. and Josephine Kuharski Baker Dugan.
On April 23, 1955, in the St. Tobias Church in Brockway, she married Jerome C. Wildfire, who preceded her in death on June 1, 1994.
Officials Tuesday morning expressed gratitude for members of the county's emergency management services, as well as members of the Jay Township Volunteer Fire Department, for their quick and decisive action involving a downed aircraft May 13 in Benezette.
Brian C. Rayner, a senior air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, acknowledged county officials and volunteers for their hospitality and on-scene and followup support regarding their investigation.
Officials gave the go-ahead Tuesday for the sales agreement that will give Elk County the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC] facility located along Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township.
Dancing zombies are just one of the interesting highlights at the April School of Dance 2011 revue taking place this weekend on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, at St. Marys Area High School.
Approximately 180 dancers, ranging in age from 4 years old to in their 20s, are putting the final touches on their dance routines, which feature such styles as tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, acrobatics, dance theatre and clogging.