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September 9th, 2011
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District received a $10,000 grant from Highmark to be used to purchase health foods and exercise equipment for its high school students.
"The money will be used for nutrition and physical activity," said superintendent Dennis Crotzer, during Thursday night's regular school board meeting. "Fresh fruits and vegetables will be purchased for our students and aerobic equipment will be purchased for student use."
The elementary school received a similar grant from Highmark several years ago for $10,000.
The Elk County Historical Society will be hosting their 5th Annual Cemetery Walk this Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., an oral history will be presented in the Center House Museum for those who cannot walk the cemetery. Refreshments will be served after the program.
The guided walking tour of Pine Grove, St. Leo's and Thayer Cemeteries will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10. To take part in the cemetery walk, meet at the Pine Grove Cemetery at 3 p.m.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Beau Iorfido is another one of Johnsonburg Elementary Schoolâ€™s first-grade teachers.
Iorfido plans on using one of his own hobbies to teach the children.
â€śOne of my favorite hobbies includes learning how to play the guitar,â€ť Iorfido said. â€śThis is something that I enjoy learning on my own time. It is also something that I will incorporate into my classroom.â€ť
Iorfido says he has found that children love to sing along and learn while listening to music.
Last weekâ€™s judicial ruling on the ownership of sandstone in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) may help bring about a favorable court decision for forest oil and gas well drillers.
Thatâ€™s the message given by R. Timothy McCrum, a Washington-based attorney who represents the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) and Minard Run Oil of Bradford.
Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] projects for the fiscal year are in line after a public hearing Tuesday and subsequent meeting to approve allocations.
Among the figures are $55,000 for "slum and blight remediation" for the clearance and demolition of slum and blight properties within the county.
"We're going to try to take care of some of the blighted properties in Elk County," said Tracy D. Gerber, CDBG coordinator. "We're trying to focus on some of the properties that are in the repository at the county level.
The Elk County Commissioners have publicly endorsed the implementation of a Marcellus Shale impact fee on each unconventional gas well in Pennsylvania.
"We had met with Senator [Joe] Scarnati and we were voicing our concerns for the human service side of this and they're going to be hit with this Marcellus Shale and housing, that part could be problematic," said Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg. "I know a lot of folks are concerned about that and other programs of interest.
ST. MARYS â€“ Robert "Bert" Sorg has announced that he will mount a write-in campaign for Magisterial District Justice 59-3-03 for the Nov. 8 General Election.
"We're going to mount a good campaign. We're going to try it," Sorg said.
ST. MARYS â€“ A trial date for Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, accused of the 1999 homicide of St. Marys beautician Irene Challingsworth, has been set for Monday, Oct. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
The trial is expected to continue for 10 business days until Friday, Oct. 21.
Jury selection will take place in Butler County on Friday, Sept. 16, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
WILCOX â€“ The annual Wilcox cemetery walk was held Sunday as a part of the Wilcox Public Libraryâ€™s festival. The walk was led by Tom Wantuck, a member of the Jones Township Historical Interest Group. Wantuck led participants through the cemetery touching on some of Wilcoxâ€™s founding families. Wantuck mentioned as he relished in the beauty of the Wilcox cemetery how that cemetery is one of four in Jones Township.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the West Creek Wetland Learning Center ready for its grand opening.
The grand opening is set for Wednesday, Sept. 28, which is also Elk County Conservation District Day.
"The majority of the landscaping of the rain and flower garden is complete for the year, except for minor details that will be completed before the grand opening," said watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine.