April 25th, 2012
On Wednesday, April 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed another 90-day extension of surface transportation programs. House leaders plan to use the extension legislation as a vehicle to begin a conference committee with the U.S. Senate, which has already approved a two-year, $109 billion reauthorization bill.
The House measure extends federal-aid highway, safety, transit, and other programs funded by the Highway Trust Fund at Fiscal Year 2011 levels in lieu of a new, multiyear reauthorization.
ST. MARYS â€“ With the completion of the Letters From Home program, volunteers recollected their various experiences with the organization throughout its nine-year history.
On Sunday, Letters From Home held its final letter-stuffing, followed by a retirement ceremony inside the Sacred Heart Parish Center in St. Marys, where the organization has been headquartered since its founding.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Ramettes erased an early deficit Wednesday afternoon against visiting Kane and shook off a late rally for a 15-14 win, their first of the season.
Johnsonburg senior starting pitcher Kiana Myers picked up her first win of the season despite giving up 14 runs in a game dominated by a slew of errors and runs. Kane nearly tied the game in the top of the seventh inning as they put up five runs to cut the lead to 15-14 while putting the tying run on first base with only one out.
Mary A. Foley, 92, of Montmorenci Road, Ridgway, died Wednesday morning on April 25, 2012.
Mary was born in Philadelphia on March 26, 1920, daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Loughery. On April 15, 1942 she married Vincent Foley who preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 2005. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and had worked for North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission for over 30 years.
There weren't many surprises in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary election results in Elk County. As of press time, with all 33 precincts reporting, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney captured the Pa. Republican presidential nomination and will face President Barack Obama in the fall. Romney easily outdistanced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum to take the nomination.
BROCKPORT â€“ A recently-purchased hybrid fire truck by the Horton Township Volunteer Fire Department will become their new go-to vehicle.
Horton Township Rescue 712 is a 2012 Ford 4x4 F550 chassis with a Rosenbauer body purchased by the department for $179,300.
Many fire departments in smaller communities are using combination trucks that can service a variety of calls as they are finding themselves short on manpower.
ST. MARYS â€“ On Friday evening, New York Times best-selling author RoseMarie Terenzio will make an appearance at the St. Marys Public Library, where she plans to discuss her book "Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love and Loss." The event offers a night of recollections of John F. Kennedy Jr. from Terenzio, his former personal assistant and confidante.
The 247-page book is described as a "deeply loving story and a fascinating adventure, filled with warmth, humor, insight and five years' worth of unforgettable mistakes."
Bryson M. Schutte, 87, of 3351 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died Monday morning at Elk Haven Nursing Home. He was born April 17, 1925 in California, Pa., son of the late Bryson and Lucille (Ward) Schutte. He married Joan L. Logan on June 28, 1950, she survives.
Pamela J. Cousins, 50, of Spring Run Road, Weedville, died Saturday April 21, 2012 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born February 21, 1962 in DuBois, daughter of James and Bonita (Foster) Cousins, who survive in Weedville.
WILCOX â€“ Recently several representatives from the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Pittsburgh District met with area residents and other agency officials as part of the East Branch Dam Safety Project Stakeholders meeting.
The main goal of the meeting was to provide an update to local partners and agencies on the progress that has been made since the last meeting held in September.