January 17th, 2012
Area residents and members of the Elk County Tea Party discussed the negative affects of federal Senate Bill 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, that reportedly would legalize the U.S. government's detainment of citizens possibly linked with terroristic activity.
A 926-page bill in total, two small sections have raised ire across the nation, and apparently Elk County: Sections 1031 and 1032.
Elk County commissioners Tuesday morning announced a "Shopping for Electricity" workshop being offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2, in Ridgway.
"This would be a good asset for community education," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg.
The class is being offered in conference room No. 2 of the Elk County Courthouse Annex starting at 1 p.m. Feb. 2.
A second class is scheduled is scheduled for 6 p.m. the same day in the classroom of the 911 Center in Smethport.
BROOKVILLE â€” The son of a slain Snyder Township couple took the witness stand Tuesday during the second day of Steven P. Rebert's double-homicide trial, saying that when he arrived at his parents' home and found both of their vehicle parked in the driveway, he began fearing the worst.
Jason Shugar, a son of the victims â€” Victoria and Wayne Shugar, Coal Tipple Road â€” said he last spoke to his parents Saturday, April 10, 2010, and described how his mother had asked him to help with removing some items in a second-floor room that the couple wanted to refurbish.
Acting on a memo from Pam Cousins, the county's director of the Children & Youth department, Elk County Commissioners paid homage to a worthwhile group hailing from Wilcox during a board meeting Tuesday morning.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority held a reorganizational meeting prior to the regular meeting Tuesday night.
Eric Poague was unanimously re-elected as chairman. Doug Haupright will serve as vice chairman.
Dane Condino will take over as secretary. Condino replaced Richard Smith, who did not seek reelection.
Hud Caldwell Jr. was elected as treasurer.
Ed Gapinski will serve as assistant secretary/treasurer.
Richard Brown was re-elected as solicitor.
Uni-Tec Consulting Engineers Inc. retained their role as engineer.
JoAnn M. Ross, 80, of 256 Monterey Ave., Ridgway, died on Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2012 at her residence.
She was born Aug. 27, 1931 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Elmer and Anna Anderson.
On July 25, 1953, she married Norman H. Ross, who preceded her in death on May 10, 2006.
She was a lifelong resident of this area. She was a graduate of the Ridgway High School and a graduate of the Augustana Lutheran Pediatric Nursing School in Chicago.
ST. MARYS â€“ Catholic Charities recently received a $6,000 from Women Who Care to support their Real Alternatives Program.
Nanci Mattison, who serves as Director of Catholic Charities, explained that the program is a way to help deter expecting mothers in a crisis situation from abortion.
â€śIn the program we provide counseling and help them look for other options,â€ť Mattison said. â€śWe are a pro-life agency and seek to show them alternatives to abortion, help assist them and realize they can do it as a parent.â€ť
CLEARFIELD â€“ Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus is offering an extended education class to teach those looking to work in Pennsylvania's growing gas industry.
"The Marcellus Shale Industry Overview will be a 30-hour class about the geology and industry of Marcellus Shale and gas rich shale units, plus the business aspects of gas drilling. This course is designed for anyone seeking to learn more about the industry as a citizen, student, or professional," as stated in an LHU Clearfield press release.
Patricia A. Green, 55, of 691 Pontzer Ave., St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born March 15, 1957 in DuBois, a daughter of the late Gustie Anderson and Agnes Thielges Anderson Grier.
On July 8, 2002 in Johnsonburg, she married Clifford Green, who survives.
Carmen L. Martino, 66, of 34 West Cardott St., Ridgway, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at his residence.