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August 17th, 2011
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.
After volunteering for a cultural exchange company teaching Turkish families conversational English, Ridgway resident Dale E. Fox wanted to set the record straight by writing a book about the misconceptions and stereotypes Americans have of Muslims.
"The real purpose of writing the book was to be able to share and communicate the different things I learned about the Muslim country," Fox said. "I had never met a Muslim person and had no idea what their culture and society would be like going in."
Approximately 300 people, including the general public, business owners and industry representatives, had the opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at an active Marcellus Shale drilling rig as part of the EOG: B2B Network Day held Friday afternoon.
EOG Resources volunteered one of their well pad sites, located inside S.B. Elliott State Park in Clearfield County, during the event hosted by the DuBois Chamber Energy Committee and the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC).
KERSEY â€“ As patrons stroll the Elk County Fairgrounds this week, they might be interested to know that several organizers have been around since the event's inception in the early 1970s.
Ernest Mattiuz, vice president of the Elk County Farm Bureau, has been around since the third county fair and fondly remembers the constant evolution with ease.
Unofficially, the fair started out in 1974 as a weekend event held at the Kersey Community Center. The following year, the event was held behind the building and it was turned into a weeklong event in 1976.
St. Leo Magnus Roman Catholic Church parish will honor samaritans Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church in St. Marys.
Among the honorees will be Helen Rohr, the secretary at St. Leo's; she will be receiving the bishop's commendation for service medal.
"She served here as the parish secretary for the past 35 years," said Brian Vossler, pastor at St. Leo's. "There will be a ceremony with a light reception at the St. Mary's Church this Sunday beginning at 6:30 p.m.
"We wanted to honor her for her dedication and commitment to the parish here at St. Leo's."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thursday, state police formally announced charges against a teenage member of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company stemming from an Aug. 9 fire in Big Run, and said he has also been implicated in several other fires dating back to 2010.
Officials from PSP-Punxsutawney and the district attorney noted, however, that charges filed against Anthony M. Overbeck, 18, Big Run, are not an indictment of other firefighters.