January 26th, 2012
With a November 2011 bentonite spill in Johnsonburg's Silver Creek highlighting the potential environmental hazards posed by Marcellus Shale activity, Wildlife Conservation Officer Tom McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) spoke at January's meeting of the Elk County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs about the environmental effects of Marcellus Shale activity on Elk County's wilds and wildlife. In an interview Tuesday, McMann discussed further the pros and cons the industry poses to animal habitats and aquatic resources, as well as what he has seen of both in Elk County so far.
BROOKVILLE â€” As the penalty phase for Steven P. Rebert began Thursday â€” two days after he was found guilty of killing Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, in their Coal Tipple Road residence in April 2010 â€” District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett reminded the jury that itâ€™s not all about whether it sends Rebert to prison for the rest of his life, or it sentences him to death.
The phase during which the jury explored Rebertâ€™s innocence or guilt is over: The jury found him guilty of killing the Shugars, Burkett said, â€śand now, itâ€™s not just about Steven Rebert anymore.
Dennis R. Perkins, 74, of Mill Street, Ridgway, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the Elk Regional Health Center following a short illness.
He was born Aug. 6, 1937 in Millpoint, W.V., son of the late Carnie (Perkins) Poage.
He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High Class of 1956. He was a retired maintenance man last employed at Dickinson Mental Health. He enjoyed cards, darts, reading and being in the woods.
Freda B. Gearhart, 90, of Greenville, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Nugent Convalescent Home in Hermitage.
She was born June 22, 1921 in Richardsville, daughter of the late Fred and Lillian Pierce VanNorman. She married Orlan K. Gearhart, he preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 2010.
She was a member of the Central Community Church in Transfer. She was a member of the West Salem Fireman Women's Auxiliary where she had served as past president; the Jolly Hill Top Club; Grandmas Club; Sunshine Club; Ladies Aid Club; and the Seniors for Christ group at her church.
Ridgway wrestling won 70-0 over Johnsonburg Thursday night at Ridgway Area High School in a dual meet.
The Elkers had Senior Night and honored a dozen seniors. The seniors honored were Chad Quail, Chris Woods, Corey Bush, Dakota Dahler, Jake Himes, Kyle Caggiano, Seth Stahl, Slade Horner, Steve Mitchell, Tad Pierce, Trevor Delhunty and Tyler Himes.
JOHNSONBURG â€“The Ramettes (9-5) found their groove Thursday night as underclassmen Chelsea Benson and Brittany Watts accounted for 39 of the team's 56 points as Johnsonburg stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 56-40 win over DuBois Central Catholic (5-10).
Sophomore Chelsea Benson paced all scorers with 21 points while junior Brittany Watts followed with 18 on the night. Watts scored all of her points in the first half on nine 2-point field goals before succumbing to foul trouble in the second half.
Ridgway senior Kyle Caggiano recently passed the 100-win milestone for his career.
Caggiano won his 100th match at the Clearfield Duals last Saturday in the dual against Clearfield. He wrestled at 170 pounds and won a 19-1 technical fall in 5:58 over Kody Hepfer.
â€śIt was great, I liked it,â€ť Caggiano said. â€śIt was exciting to get it. It ended up being a tech fall in our last match against Clearfield. It was pretty exciting.â€ť
A nominating committee on Wednesday morning appointed Potter County Commissioner Douglas Morley as chairman of the executive committee of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].
Morley has served as chairman of Potter County's Board of Commissioners since he was seated in January 2008 and was successfully elected in November 2011 for a second term.
He has been an Allegany Township resident for the past 34 years, was a graduate of Northern Potter High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College.
The Elk County Monitoring Project website is now up and running and available to the public.
The website, powered by NexSens Technology, relays data from the satellite telemetry systems installed in the streams and watersheds.
The monitoring project is designed to keep an eye on stream conditions in the wake of the Marcellus Shale drilling by measuring the temperature, flow and conductivity in each stream. The total project cost for the program is estimated at $329,330.
Two of the 11 systems are online and running.
Elk County Conservation District Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine recently reported applying for an $88,000 grant through the Elk County Community Foundation to continue the Elk County Monitoring Project.
If accepted, the grant will extend the duration of the monitoring project for a couple years.
The Elk County Community Foundation provides scholarships and grants to other non-profit organizations in Elk County and the surrounding communities.