August 17th, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ Making the toast at your best friend's wedding? Asked to make a presentation at work? Addressing a group of donors for your charity? If the prospect of any of these scenarios scares you speechless, you're not alone.
Many people have a paralyzing fear of speaking in public. Even teachers who are used to addressing a classroom full of children every day can get tongue-tied when it comes to speaking in front of a more grown-up audience. But it doesn't have to be that way, according to Elk County Toastmasters Past President Cory Straub.
The Girl Scouts of Ridgway are holding a registration/pool party event Thursday, Aug. 18 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for both Girl Scouts and girls of all ages who may want to learn more about scouts.
"Registration forms will be available for both girls and adults who would like to become involved in Girl Scouts," said Rayetta Lindberg, who indicated family members also are invited to attend. "Financial assistance is available to girls for the registration fee."
There also is no admission charge for the pool party, and food and drinks can be purchased from the concession stand.
More than 1,000 volunteer firefighters will be coming to Kane for a three-day convention that begins Thursday.
The Kane Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the 119th annual convention of the Central District Volunteer Firefighter's Association (CDVFA). The organization, founded in 1892, meets annually for business meetings-- as well as for fun, relaxation and camaraderie.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority held their regular meeting Tuesday night to discuss the progress of the waste water treatment plant.
"The total project costs will stay within budget provided costs for extra engineering due to the most recent six months of delay are deducted from the general contractor's retainage," said engineer Dan Guss.
The incurred costs for the project as of July 1 are $14,199,677.33 out of a projected budget of $14,319,088.
According to Guss, the treatment plant has remained in full operation since May 31.
The Ridgway Township Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of repealing an outdoor wood burner ordinance and replacing it with ordinance No. 98.
The new ordinance will abide by regulations set by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
"DEP came out with regulations last October so our ordinance is in conflict with it and since they now have regulations we want to turn it over to them," said supervisor Millie Bowers.
DEP had adopted rules and regulations which address the use, construction, placement and fuels to be used in outdoor wood burners.
Laurene L. Leuschel, 51, of St. Marys, was sentenced on Monday morning at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway by 59th Judicial District Judge Richard Masson for the charges of theft by unlawful taking, a grade three felony, and tampering with evidence, a grade one misdemeanor. Leuschel had previously pleaded guilty to the charges during the countyâ€™s monthly return day session on Friday, June 3. At that time, sentencing had been deferred so that a pre-sentence investigation report, including a forensic mental health evaluation conducted by Dr. David Webster, could be prepared.
ST. MARYS â€“ The logging industry in Elk County was the featured topic at this year's 15th annual Elk County Farm Bureau Legislative Tour, held Monday morning at Dave's Saw Shop on Linwood Avenue in St. Marys.
Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) were among the attendees at the event, which included a group discussion on the logging industry, the challenges it faces and its affiliation with the agricultural industry. They were joined by Farm Bureau members and lumber industry representatives.
The Ridgway Fire Department kicked off campaign Boots To Fill in an effort to recruit younger members into the department.
Assistant fire chief Joe Gasbarre attended Monday night's Ridgway Borough Council meeting to update council on the status of their membership.
"It's an effort to recruit younger guys into the fire department and get them trained and start taking over for some of the older guys," Gasbarre said.
The campaign began during the week of the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival.
Michael A. Bigley, 61, of 1914 Settle Road, Newark Valley, N.Y., died Monday afternoon, August 15, 2011, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, N.Y. following a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.
He was born December 14, 1949 in Pittsburgh, son of the late Frederick and Dorothy Wallace Bigley.
On February 5, 1972, in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, he married Lynn Steudler, who survives.
He graduated from Keystone Oaks High School, Pittsburgh. He also attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Florence C. Redmount, age 86, of 310 Jackson Ave., Ridgway, died Sunday evening, Aug. 14, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home followed an illness of the past three years.
She was born May 30, 1925, in New York, N.Y., daughter of the late Abraham and Rebecca (Schweitzer) Schweitzer. She married Melvin B. Redmount on June 1, 1952, he survives.
She had resided in Ridgway for the last 53 years and was a member of the B'nai Brith Synagogue in Bradford, was a past two-term Ridgway Area School Board member, a past member of the Footlighters, and a member of the Animal Protection Association.