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August 24th, 2014

ECCSS adopts Scent-Free Environment Policy

August 25, 2014

The 2014-2015 school year begins on Tuesday, and as part of a new endeavor to make faculty, staff, students, and visitors more cognizant of the fragrances of products they use and how those odors impact those around them, the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS) has adopted a new Scent-Free Environment Policy.

August 22nd

Local fallen hero remembered

August 23, 2014

Mary Parziale Bentz, of Washington, D.C. and formerly of Brockway, recently released a book with her husband Richard entitled "We Remember Them: A Biographical Supplement for Fatal Dive."
"We Remember Them" contains biographies of the crew of the World War II submarine the USS Grunion, which sunk near the Japanese-occupied Aleutian Island of Kiska on July 30, 1942.

August 21st

Elk County Farm Bureau addresses pension reform

August 21, 2014

ST. MARYS – As part of its annual legislative tour, Elk County Farm Bureau members discussed several issues of importance impacting the agricultural industry currently being debated by state legislators.
Among the Farm Bureau's top concerns are pension reform, accountability of gas well operators and surface landowners and exemption from state sales tax for timbering operations.
"We work on legislation vital to agriculture, but also to all walks of life in Pa.," said Elk County Farm Bureau Governmental Relations Director Ernie Mattiuz.

Mae Jean (Wyant) Rishel

August 21, 2014

Mae Jean (Wyant) Rishel, 85, of Shenango Presbyterian Sr. Care, New Wilmington, and formerly of New Bedford, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Shenango Presbyterian Sr. Care in New Wilmington.
She was born March 7, 1929 in Punxsutawney, daughter of the late John Calvin Wyant and Sidney Myers.
She married Robert Clair Rishel on July 20, 1948, he died Sept. 25, 2012.

Ridgway skatepark set for improvements

August 21, 2014

The Ridgway Borough, in partnership with the Ridgway YMCA, has been granted $5,000 by the Ridgway Heritage Council to pay for repairs and cosmetic work for the Ridgway skatepark.
Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki said that in the spring, the equipment would be resurfaced and repainted, but the immediate focus for this year will be on safety.

Commissioners respond to comments

August 21, 2014

The Elk County Commissioners released a statement late Thursday morning in response to reports concerning an investigation into the county's Sheriff's department. The statement was signed by commissioners Jan Kemmer, June Sorg, and Dan Freeburg. It reads:
The Board of County Commissioners of Elk County offers the following responses to quotations appearing in the local newspaper accounts of a pending investigation of the Elk County Sheriff's Department:

VIDEO:Steelers Facing Charges for Marijuana Possession

August 21, 2014

Pittsburgh's Action News 4's Amber Nicotra has the latest on the charges expected to file possession of marijuana charges against Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. Bell will also be charged with driving under the influence by Ross Police.

August 20th

New Civil Air Patrol squadron based in Elk County

August 21, 2014

ST. MARYS – Elk County recently became home to a new Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron with a focus on aerospace education, emergency services and cadet programs.
The Elk County Composite Squadron 507 is under the direction of
Squadron Commander Alan McPherson and 2nd Lieutenants Bill Laird and Faisal El-Awar, all of whom are pilots. Senior member Jim Weichman acts as the group's historian and financial advisor.

Tax increases discussed during budget workshop

August 21, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Borough Council held a budget workshop on Wednesday in the Johnsonburg Borough building to start to discuss the budget which needs to be established for next year.
Among the heavily discussed items were the purchase of a new police vehicle, community improvement in the form of grass cutting for properties in the borough that aren't maintained, and the hiring of several new employees in the borough.

John E. Zook

August 21, 2014

John E. Zook, 77, of 307  W. Hemlock Ave., Kane, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
Born Sept. 11, 1936, in Kane, he was a son of the late John E. and Ruth Gilbert Zook. On Dec. 26, 1959 in Kane, he married Sandra Orcutt who survives.
John, a well-known Kane businessman, was the owner of Zook Motors which is one of Kane's oldest businesses. He was very active and  community-minded and was always there to help or give to the community in so many different ways. Zook Motors could always be counted on when a cause was at hand and money had to be raised. 

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