September 27th, 2012
FOX TWP. â Members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority discussed the impact a new electronics recycling law that takes effect in January may have on operations at the Elk County Community Recycling Center.
Elk County Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Bekki Titchner said as of Jan. 24, the state will prohibit "covered devices," or electronics like televisions, computers, keyboards, printers and accessories from being deposited in landfills. Municipal waste trucks will no longer be able to collect these items curbside for disposal at a landfill.
ST. MARYS â Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. is working to bring more attention to the problem of prescription drug abuse during âWake Up to Medicine Abuse Week,â running from Sept. 23 to Sept. 29.
Jennifer Young, prevention supervisor with Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., in Elk County, said the goal of this initiative is to increase awareness of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and misuse, which has risen dramatically in the last few years.
JOHNSONBURG â The Ridgway-based Pennsylvania State Police conducted a joint investigation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at a residence on East Avenue in Johnsonburg. According to police, PSP and the ATF served a federal search warrant at that location. Police said the joint law enforcement operation occurred as a result of information discovered during the arson investigations surrounding Francis Anthony Milliard. All investigations are continuing.
No further information was available as of press time.
ST. MARYS - A former member of the Crystal Fire Department was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Mark Jacob on charges including arson and related offenses, insurance fraud, criminal mischief, and recklessly endangering another person, in connection with a July 9 fire involving a camper parked in the driveway of his North St. Marys Street residence.
A small amount of petroleum from a known vehicle created a thin sheen over a portion of the roads in downtown Ridgway late Wednesday afternoon before being contained.
All firefighting units from Ridgway responded to the call at 4:11 p.m., and shortly thereafter the Elk County hazardous materials [hazmat] team responded at 4:30 p.m.
According to Ridgway fire chief John Wygant, upon arrival firefighters discovered a thin layer of petroleum on Depot Street from the bridge crossing Elk Creek all the way to the foot of Boot Jack.
For the second time in 39 years, a federal Farm Bill governing the nation's farm and food aid policy is set to expire at the end of September.
According to Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC], Congress has decided to postpone negotiations over how to reauthorize those programs until after the November elections.
ST. MARYS - The Elk County Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys, officially kicked off their polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoform plastic recycling program on Wednesday, holding an open house to educate residents about PET thermoforms as well as other materials that are able to be recycled through the facility.
According to Community Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, PET thermoform plastic is something that "just about everybody runs into."
Robert Clair Rishel, 84, of Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care in New Wilmington, formerly of New Bedford, Lawrence County, died Tuesday morning Sept. 25, 2012. He was born Nov. 16, 1927 in Rossiter, Indiana County, son of late Thomas and Minnie [Woodley] Rishel. On July 20, 1948, he married Mae Jean Wyant of Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care, she survives.
Alfred (Al) Caldwell Sr., of 10618 Timberlin Rd., Chesterfield, Va., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.
Born on June 3, 1936, in Johnsonburg, he was the son of the late Hudnell and Lula (DeLong) Caldwell. He was married to Gail K. Caldwell, who survives.
Al graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1954. He then enlisted in the United States Army and served for three years. After leaving the service, he was employed at the Ubel Furniture Store in Johnsonburg and later at Grimoneâs Furniture Store in Emporium.
After a sluggish start, Ridgway volleyball dispatched of Sheffield easily in the final two sets to complete a 3-0 (25-21, 25-9, 25-12) victory over the Lady Wolverines Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
The two teams were tied at 9-all in the first before Ridgway was able to create some distance with a 5-0 run. Sierra Kos had all five service points during this flurry while Katie Oknefski and Maria Buhler had kills.
âMaria Buhler did a good job,â Ridgway coach Janet Redmond said. âSheâs one you can depend on.â