August 21st, 2014
ST. MARYS â€“ As part of its annual legislative tour, Elk County Farm Bureau members discussed several issues of importance impacting the agricultural industry currently being debated by state legislators.
Among the Farm Bureau's top concerns are pension reform, accountability of gas well operators and surface landowners and exemption from state sales tax for timbering operations.
"We work on legislation vital to agriculture, but also to all walks of life in Pa.," said Elk County Farm Bureau Governmental Relations Director Ernie Mattiuz.
The Ridgway Borough, in partnership with the Ridgway YMCA, has been granted $5,000 by the Ridgway Heritage Council to pay for repairs and cosmetic work for the Ridgway skatepark.
Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki said that in the spring, the equipment would be resurfaced and repainted, but the immediate focus for this year will be on safety.
The Elk County Commissioners released a statement late Thursday morning in response to reports concerning an investigation into the county's Sheriff's department. The statement was signed by commissioners Jan Kemmer, June Sorg, and Dan Freeburg. It reads:
The Board of County Commissioners of Elk County offers the following responses to quotations appearing in the local newspaper accounts of a pending investigation of the Elk County Sheriff's Department:
Pittsburgh's Action News 4's Amber Nicotra has the latest on the charges expected to file possession of marijuana charges against Steelers running backs Leâ€™Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. Bell will also be charged with driving under the influence by Ross Police.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County recently became home to a new Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron with a focus on aerospace education, emergency services and cadet programs.
The Elk County Composite Squadron 507 is under the direction of
Squadron Commander Alan McPherson and 2nd Lieutenants Bill Laird and Faisal El-Awar, all of whom are pilots. Senior member Jim Weichman acts as the group's historian and financial advisor.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council held a budget workshop on Wednesday in the Johnsonburg Borough building to start to discuss the budget which needs to be established for next year.
Among the heavily discussed items were the purchase of a new police vehicle, community improvement in the form of grass cutting for properties in the borough that aren't maintained, and the hiring of several new employees in the borough.
John E. Zook, 77, of 307Â W. Hemlock Ave., Kane, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
Born Sept. 11, 1936, in Kane, he was a son of the late John E. and Ruth Gilbert Zook. On Dec. 26, 1959 in Kane, he married Sandra Orcutt who survives.
John, a well-known Kane businessman, was the owner of Zook Motors which is one of Kane's oldest businesses. He was very active andÂ community-minded and was always there to help or give to the community in so many different ways. Zook Motors could always be counted on when a cause was at hand and money had to be raised.Â
Doris J. "Dorie" McAlee, 84, of 627 First Ave., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday night, Aug. 19, 2014 at her residence following an illness of the past three years.
She was born June 29, 1930 in Oil City, daughter of the late James Kane and Grace Gier Kane Cyone.
On Jan. 29, 1949, she married Edward A. McAlee in St. Leo Magnus Church, Ridgway, and he survives.
She resided in Johnsonburg for the past 66 years and was formerly of Ridgway.
She was a 1947 graduate of Ridgway Area High School.
Ernest G. Ellery, 76, of Ridgway, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at the U.P.M.C. Shady Side Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born in Brockton, son of the late Ralph and Mildred (Ames) Ellery. He was raised and educated in Rockland graduating from Rockland High School.
Mr. Ellery was a proud veteran of the Armed Services, serving in both the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Air Force. He later went to work for many years as a manager for Verizon. Ernest was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Pennsylvania Rifle and Pistol Association, and the Ridgway Rifle Club.
ST. MARYS â€“ Andrew Thomas Hoover, 29, of St. Marys is charged with possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Based on suspicious activity, Sgt. Shaffer of the St. Marys Police Department deployed the K9 narcotic detection dog, Copper, who led police to find two clear fentanyl patches and a clear ziplock bag that contained glassine packets typically used for packaging heroin.