August 9th, 2011
Elk County Prison Board members are looking for an area nursing agency to replace Helpmates Hospice in Ridgway,
"We haven't really utilized them and we felt that they would not be able to keep up with the changes that we've made to the Elk County prison system," said Elk County Prison Warden Gregory J. Gebauer. "I will go out into the community and check with some of the other nursing agencies to see if we can get them on here as a backup provider."
Following an expansion project that took almost two years and cost more than $500,000, CAMCO Diversified, Inc., in St. Marys is offering a new service with the addition of two new large-batch steam treaters.
At a recent Fox Township Supervisors meeting, bids were reviewed for fencing at Fox Township Community Park. The winning bid was submitted by Kessler Fencing in DuBois at a cost of $12,395.51.
The second bid was submitted by C&H Fencing of Worthville for $12,680. The supervisors approved the lowest bid pending approval of the township's park director, Deb Agosti.
Members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to continue the school's varsity gymnastics program for the 2011-12 school year during Monday evening's school board meeting.
The board imposed two provisions in maintaining the program: The first is that the Central Pennsylvania Gymnastics League maintain their current membership and the second is that the St. Marys team maintain a minimum number of eight participants. Continuing the program will be considered on a year-to-year basis.
Summer is a busy time for area schools, including St. Marys Area School District, which is in the process of carrying out several repairs and renovations.
Late last week, members of city council continued their discussion regarding having a lawyer familiar with drilling regulations examine their draft of proposed changes to the city's zoning ordinance regarding oil and gas drilling.
City Manager Dave Greene informed council that he had received an engagement letter from attorney Robert Ging Jr.
Raymond H. Gradl, 78, of 460 Maple Street, St. Marys, died with his family by his side on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 at DuBois Regional Medical Center following a short illness.Â
He was born May 13, 1933 in St. Marys, a son of the late Alfred and Marie Leuschel Gradl.
On July 2, 1960 in Queen of the World Church, he married Barbara Wagner Gradl, who survives.
Mr. Gradl was a member of Queen of the World Church. He graduated from Central High School, Class of 1953.Â He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.Â He was a graduate of Bryant Stratton College in Buffalo.Â
PSP Trooper Kenton Iwaniec's friends referred to him as â€śThe Shepherd,â€ť or â€śShep.â€ť When he and his friends would go out, he was the designated driver.
â€śThey called him 'Shepherd,'â€ť his father, Ken Iwaniec, said Friday. â€śWhen they'd go out, he would get them home. We'd say, 'Are you going out?' His friends said, 'Yeah; Shep's got us.'â€ť
The Community Nurses, Inc. held their third annual Butterfly Release on Sunday afternoon in the Serenity Garden on the campus of the Elk Regional Health Center. The event benefits the organization's hospice program. Throughout the past several years, the event has become a meaningful and healing event for many area residents. A sizeable crowd was on hand for the event which featured a program which included inspirational readings during a celebration of life service, music and a reading of the list of names which the butterflies were purchases in honor and in memory of.
KEATING TWP. â€“Â The Kane-based state police report that a traffic fatality occurred at approximately 5:08 a.m. on Aug. 7 on SR 46, in the area of Coleville Road, Keating Township, McKean County. According to police, a 1995 Ford F150 operated by Joshua Quentin Benjamin, 24, of Eldred, was negotiating a right curve in the roadway when the vehicle traveled south across the double yellow center line, into and across the eastbound lane of traffic and off the south side of the roadway. The Ford then impacted a culvert. Upon impact, the Ford continued west and then impacted a utility pole.