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August 8th, 2011
With the new Spring Creek Bridge now 10 years in the making, supervisors in Spring Creek Township are growing impatient as rising costs and state budget issues plague potential construction.
"That bridge is going to fall where it's going to fall unfortunately," said chairman Richard Wittman during a board meeting Monday night. Fellow supervisor Paul 'Ted' Bullers also was less than sympathetic and suggested that officials "put six-inch pipe across it and put 'condemned' on it."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] approved a water sales agreement for the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority to sell water to the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company.
Municipal authority member Ed Gapinski attended Monday's Johnsonburg Borough Council meeting to update the council on the approval.
"We finally had the blessed event," Gapinski said. "They [DEP] gave us approval to sell our water at 157,000 gallons of water per day to Hunt."
WETMORE TWP. â€“ The Kane-based state police is investigating a crash that occurred on Aug. 6 at 2:20 p.m. along U.S. Hwy. 6, approximately .40 miles west of Detrick Road in Wetmore Township.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ PSP Trooper Kenton Iwaniec's friends referred to him as â€śThe Shepherd,â€ť or â€śShep.â€ť When he and his friends would go out, he was the designated driver.
â€śThey called him 'Shepherd,'â€ť his father, Ken Iwaniec, said Friday. â€śWhen they'd go out, he would get them home. We'd say, 'Are you going out?' His friends said, 'Yeah; Shep's got us.'â€ť
The Championship Wrestling Federation held the Ridgway Rumble at the Ridgway Fire Hall Saturday night in a benefit fundraiser for the Bodien Family.
The 7-match card was highlighted with a main event which saw "The Solution" Scott Fowler capture his first CWF Heavyweight Championship with a victory over Brock Singleton. Fowler estimates he drove four or five hours to come up and wrestle, and felt the drive was worth it.
FirstEnergy completed its merger with Allegheny Power back in late February, and while the old West Penn Power name has made its return, reportedly little else will change.
Tom Kearney, area manager for West Penn Power/FirstEnergy, said the office location along state Route 120 [Ridgway-St. Marys Road] will remain there and he hopes employees can continue providing reputable service to the community.
Works superintendent Carl Gosnell announced during a meeting Thursday night that the Ridgway Township Municipal Authority has initiated their recently adopted flushing plan.
Authority members adopted the plan during the July meeting.
"We have initiated our flushing plan that has been approved by DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] and we will be implementing the flushing plan until further notice," Gosnell said.
The plan was initiated as a preventative measure to remove excess chlorine and other byproducts from the water system.
Necessary revisions have been made to a competitive program contract and the county's Housing Rehabilitation Program.
With the creation of Elk County's veterans' task force only a few months old, county commissioners heard about another program Tuesday morning during a bimonthly board meeting.
Karen Leithner, hospice manager for Community Nurses, Inc. based out of St. Marys, informed commissioners Tuesday of a new initiative, "We Honor Veterans."
Area residents and friends are set to gather Aug. 6-7 at the Ridgway Firemen's Lot for the 8th Annual St. Leo's Summer Festival.
The event will feature bingo on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 1-4 p.m., followed by a chicken barbecue open at 5 p.m. until food is sold out. The Kids Playland features new rides this year and will be open from 1-7 p.m.
The event also will have a new band performing this year as Green Eggs, a group from Lancaster, are scheduled to perform from 6-10 p.m.