October 25th, 2011
According to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, close to 200 tons of material have likely come through the Community Recycling Center over the course of the past year. Not only is the county's recycling program thriving, but the program's budget is also no longer in the dire straits it was a year ago.
"We are no longer bleeding red, which is incredible," Titchner said.
The owner of the pitbull found shot last week in the Lake City area said the dog was "family" to him and he shot it because it was attacking his fiancee and would not respond to his commands to stop.
Jeremiah Wickett, 35, of Lake City, said he had raised the dog, Ganja, a six-year-old half-pit bull, half-bull mastiff, from a puppy. He said he and his fiancee, Michelle Oertly, 34, also of Lake City, were standing on their front porch on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 18 engaged in a play "wrestling" match when the dog attacked Oertly, latching on to her left leg.
State Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) will be hosting a number of meetings intended to address concerns held by his constituency, specifically those pertaining to veterans' affairs and new transportation regulations for truck drivers.
Truck drivers' meeting
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine reported no abnormal findings for the Elk County Monitoring Project during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting.
"I haven't found anything abnormal," Bonfardine said. "Each of the streams I have been looking at have different conductivity rates in them, but that's normal. I haven't discovered anything outrageous."
Dr. Bruce Dickson of AGES, Inc. [Applied Geology and Environmental Science] is assisting Bonfardine in the project.
COUDERSPORT â€“ A late comeback fell short for Ridgway boys soccer as the Elkers lost 3-2 to the Coudersport Falcons in the first round of the District 9 Class A boys soccer playoffs Monday night at CARP Park.
â€śI donâ€™t know why they have to wake up in the second half but they made it interesting,â€ť Ridgway coach John Ogden said. â€śI told them beforehand that they had nothing to lose, so play hard. A sloppy first half and an exciting second half, theyâ€™re the cardiac kids. They just came up short.â€ť
The Elk County Conservation District approved the proposed 2012 budget during Monday night's regular meeting.
District officials budgeted $190,897 for the 2012 fiscal year with a three-percent raise for employees.
An executive session was held prior to the meeting to discuss the budget.
"We went over some numbers and I think we came up with a fairly well-balanced budget," Braun said.
Braun said the decision for the three-percent wage increase was based off of what county officials were doing.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Rams (0-9) will forfeit their second game in a row Friday due to injuries and a low number of healthy players on the football team's roster.
"We're forfeiting against Curwensville (7-2)," Johnsonburg head varsity football coach Jesse Schreiber confirmed Monday afternoon. "We're not going to be able to play this week because we're still banged up and have some players who haven't been [medically] cleared yet."
Jean L. Nichols, age 62, of 6272 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died early Monday morning, Oct. 24, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 4, 1949, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Frank Robert and Helen L. (Milsom) Dahlquist.
She married Ronald J. Nichols on Nov. 22, 1998, he survives. She had resided in Ridgway all of her life and was a 1967 graduate of the Ridgway Area High School.
She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the V.F.W., the American Legion Post No. 208, the Elks, and the Eagles, all in Ridgway. She had been employed by Clarion Sintered Metals for 21 years.
DuBOIS â€“ The Johnsonburg Shamrocks finished as the runner-up in the CPYFL junior varsity division this season after the DuBois Panthers won the title game 13-0 over the Shamrocks Saturday afternoon at Mansell Stadium in DuBois.
â€śIâ€™m proud of all the kids,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Bill Dilley said. â€śTheyâ€™ve all worked hard. Since the end of July, weâ€™ve been working hard. Weâ€™re proud of them.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Area High School senior Michael Kennedy was selected as one of 20 students across the state to attend a wildlife leadership academy this past summer.
The intensive one-week Wildlife Leadership Academy located in Ligonier is part of the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education. Selected students are chosen to attend one of three field schools to learn about the ruffed grouse, whitetail deer or brook trout.