January 25th, 2012
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.
ST. MARYS â€“ Filling out financial aid forms for college can be nerve-wracking, but the Community Education Council is offering some help for college-bound students and parents who want to get it right the first time.
Students from Elk County who will be attending college for the first time this year and their parents are invited to attend one of two free sessions held in the computer lab at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC) in downtown St. Marys on Monday, Jan. 30. The first session will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and the second from 5 to 7 p.m.
With the possibility of funding cuts in the future at the federal and state levels, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] pushed ahead with a 3-percent cost-of-living adjustment for its employees.
The measure, however, was not without opposition.
William H. Bogart, Small Business Consultant for Cameron County, had concerns with the raise, which will take effect retroactive Jan. 1, 2012.
Lillian Frances Dunn, age 85, of 405 Willow St., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 24, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a short illness.
She was born on Feb. 27, 1926, in Johnsonburg, daughter of Michael and Winifred Muroski Zelechoski. On Dec. 11, 1945, she married Russell F. Dunn; he died on Nov. 15, 2005.
Elk County Waterways Conservation Officer Thomas McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission attended Monday night's Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] meeting to report on a bentonite spill that occurred along Silver Creek near Johnsonburg in November 2011.
On Nov. 15, the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company spilled a large amount of bentonite into the stream. The bentonite quickly made its way into a reservoir controlled by the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority.
Bentonite is a form of impure clay that easily absorbs water and is often used to facilitate gas drilling.
Our most loving and giving mother, Eve Metelski, 89, of Ridgway/Johnsonburg Road, died on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the home of her daughters, surrounded by her cherished family.
Eve was born on March 31, 1922, to Barney and Josephine Kolinoski Piurkoski in Johnsonburg. Eve married the love of her life, Dorik Metelski Sr., on May 11, 1946, and together they began their life journey that lasted for 49 wonderful years.
BROOKVILLE â€” In his closing statement of Steven P. Rebert's double murder trial Tuesday, District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett invoked the voice of one of the victims, Wayne Shugar, and asked that the jury hear it, too.
"The blood of Wayne Shugar cries out in this courtroom," Burkett said, citing evidence that showed that four spots of Shugar's blood was found on the bottom of Rebert's work boots.
"Your DNA is the content of your person: It's responsible for your eye color, your personality, your height," he said.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Ramettes saw 11 players get into the scoring column Tuesday night as Johnsonburg (8-5) cruised to a 60-19 win over Sheffield (2-13).
The Ramettes, who extended their winning streak to six games, were led by junior Rhianon Fowler, who paced all scorers with 17 points and was the only player in double-figures for the night.
"We were able to get some work on our zone defense and our girls hit some shots," said Johnsonburg head girls varsity basketball coach Mike Zilkofski. "We usually see a man-to-man defense but I was happy with the way we came out and shot the ball.
Low point outputs in the first and third quarters ultimately doomed Ridgway in a 35-23 loss to Curwensville Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School in an AML South game.
Ridgway scored two points in the first quarter and three in the third quarter.
"It was poor execution," Ridgway coach Glenn Schauer said. "Defensively, we only gave up 35 points, not too bad. Offensively, we turned the ball over to the other team. It was just poor execution. It's frustrating. Sometimes we play well and then in games we can win, we play like this, frustrating."