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February 10th, 2012

Elkland Search and Rescue evolving

February 10, 2012

ST. MARYS – You may not always see them in action, but the members of Elkland Search and Rescue provide vital emergency services in Elk and neighboring counties and across the state.
"We actually are the only Pennsylvania-certified search and rescue team in northwestern Pennsylvania," said Matt Young, current president and deputy chief of Elkland Search and Rescue. "We essentially have from where we are all the way over to Ohio and from Interstate 80 all the way up to New York, is pretty much our coverage area."

Rebert files post-trial motions

February 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert, who was found guilty of two counts of criminal homicide following his jury trial in January, has filed post-trial motions for acquittal or a new trial.
On Jan. 24, the jury found Rebert, formerly of Emporium, guilty of double homicide in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn and Wayne Shugar, both 61, whose bodies were found April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.

Teachers hope to conclude bargaining

February 10, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – About 25 concerned Johnsonburg Area School District teachers attended Thursday night's board of education meeting asking the district to conclude a bargaining process that first began in January of 2010.
Teachers Lisa Gustafson and Jesse Schreiber, both proud members of the Johsonburg Area Education Association [JAEA], made statements prior to the regular meeting.

February 9th

School District receives accommodation from Secretary of Education

February 9, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg Area School District Superintendent Dennis Crotzer reported receiving a letter of accommodation from the Pa. Secretary of Education Ronald J. Tomalis during Thursday night's regular board of education meeting.
In the letter, Tomalis congratulated the district for the accomplishment shown by the audit of operations for fiscal years ending June 30, 2008 and 2007.
Crotzer took time in his monthly report to read aloud from the letter issued by the Department of the Auditor General.

Budget reform, economic growth important to Thompson

February 9, 2012

U.S. Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-Howard, recently outlined his legislative priorities for 2012 as the 112th Congress.
“We start 2012 with momentum. On Dec. 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill I introduced this year, the 'Service Members Telemedicine and E-Health Portability Act,' or 'STEP Act,' which will expand mental and health care access to our nation’s service members," Thompson said.

Another side of Joe Paterno

February 9, 2012

ST. MARYS – My reflections of Joe Paterno go back to Sept. 26, 1978, when I attended a luncheon in State College at Gatsby's Restaurant. Joe Paterno was in attendance; President Gerald Ford; George H.W. Bush was the national Republican chairman; Governor Dick Thornburgh; Lt. Gov. Bill Scranton; Congressman Bill Clinger were all in attendance at the luncheon. Speakers for this luncheon were President Ford, Congressman Clinger and Joe Paterno.

February 8th

Gabler: Job growth, fiscal responsibility top list of 2012 priorities

February 8, 2012

State Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk, said creating jobs, particularly in rural areas like his legislative district, and ensuring fiscal responsibility in state spending are top priorities for 2012.

Playground to be renamed in memory of resident

February 8, 2012

BROCKPORT – The Horton Township Board of Supervisors approved a motion to rename the former Brockport Playground to the Jim Cristini Memorial Park.
Vice chairman Levi P. Donahue made the motion to rename the park and said a sign will be designed in the near future in memory of Cristini.
"I was surprised when I read his obituary of all of the things he had done," said Dan Lines. "We lost a great man."
In other business, a new fire truck for the Horton Township Volunteer Fire Department has arrived, said fire chief Chad Guaglianone.

NRA funding to benefit sheriff's programs

February 8, 2012

By Joseph Bell
Record Editor

Women and Handguns, a popular longtime program offered by Elk County's sheriff's department, will enjoy continued success thanks to a $5,000 grant from the National Rifle Association [NRA].
"Several months ago, I was issuing a license-to-carry permit in the office and I wish now I have the individual's name because he certainly deserves a public thanks," said Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg. "He's a middle school teacher in St. Marys and he's very interested in and involved with the National Rifle Association, of which I am also a member.

Energy savings could exceed $500K

February 8, 2012

A lengthy process came to fruition Tuesday as the Elk County Commissioners approved an energy-saving initiative that could save county officials and taxpayers over $500,000 in the next 20 years.
"Bekki Titchner and I have been developing a plan to make the county buildings as energy-efficient as possible," said Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator for the county's planning department. "In doing so, we have hired a company called FIT Optimized Solutions to do an energy audit to tell us what the best solutions are for us to make our buildings more energy-efficient.

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