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January 27th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â€“ A hung jury sentenced former Emporium resident Stephen P. Rebert to life in prison for the shooting deaths of Brockway residents Wayne and Vicki Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010 in their Coal Tipple Road home.
The jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the death penalty, which was being sought by District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett. Eight jurors were for the death penalty and four for life, an automatic sentence of life in prison.
Despite increasing difficulty with staying physically active due to constraints associated with winter conditions, the Ridgway YMCA continues to make leaps and bounds.
"This time of the year it is hard to stay active due to our winter conditions," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "There is no better way than to come and swim in our 86-degree pool.Â For more than 100 years the YMCA has been teaching people to swim."
The Cheer Xplosion competition cheerleading squad has been a part of the Ridgway YMCA since 2001.
"Our caring and understanding coaches have made this program a success," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "Each year between 45 and 60 girls dedicate themselves to representing the Ridgway YMCA at competitions throughout Pennsylvania and New York.
"Through the years our mini squad has become our junior squad and then onto our senior squad."
With inconsistent and differing schedules plaguing families across the country, the Ridgway YMCA steps up to the play with their childcare center which is "home for many children" every day.
"We offer a complete before school, after school and all day child care program," said Shawna Steger, childcare director. "We take pride in being able to offer our children a complete preschool curriculum.
"It is important that we provide them with the tools that they will need to get them ready for kindergarten."
The Ridgway YMCA has another new program with the addition of the teen BodyPump program.
Chris Gilmore is a certified instructor for Les Mills BodyPump.
"BodyPump is an original barbell class that strengthens your entire body," Gilmore said.
When it was brought to YMCA officials' attention that there was a need for a teen fitness class, Gilmore offered to teach a scaled down version of her original class, according to Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA.
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] have for the past several months been working to develop a new web-based planning and asset management tool.
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€œand now, itâ€™s not just about Steven Rebert anymore.
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.