January 24th, 2012
Elk County Waterways Conservation Officer Thomas McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission attended Monday night's Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] meeting to report on a bentonite spill that occurred along Silver Creek near Johnsonburg in November 2011.
On Nov. 15, the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company spilled a large amount of bentonite into the stream. The bentonite quickly made its way into a reservoir controlled by the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority.
Bentonite is a form of impure clay that easily absorbs water and is often used to facilitate gas drilling.
Our most loving and giving mother, Eve Metelski, 89, of Ridgway/Johnsonburg Road, died on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the home of her daughters, surrounded by her cherished family.
Eve was born on March 31, 1922, to Barney and Josephine Kolinoski Piurkoski in Johnsonburg. Eve married the love of her life, Dorik Metelski Sr., on May 11, 1946, and together they began their life journey that lasted for 49 wonderful years.
BROOKVILLE â€” In his closing statement of Steven P. Rebert's double murder trial Tuesday, District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett invoked the voice of one of the victims, Wayne Shugar, and asked that the jury hear it, too.
"The blood of Wayne Shugar cries out in this courtroom," Burkett said, citing evidence that showed that four spots of Shugar's blood was found on the bottom of Rebert's work boots.
"Your DNA is the content of your person: It's responsible for your eye color, your personality, your height," he said.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Ramettes saw 11 players get into the scoring column Tuesday night as Johnsonburg (8-5) cruised to a 60-19 win over Sheffield (2-13).
The Ramettes, who extended their winning streak to six games, were led by junior Rhianon Fowler, who paced all scorers with 17 points and was the only player in double-figures for the night.
"We were able to get some work on our zone defense and our girls hit some shots," said Johnsonburg head girls varsity basketball coach Mike Zilkofski. "We usually see a man-to-man defense but I was happy with the way we came out and shot the ball.
Low point outputs in the first and third quarters ultimately doomed Ridgway in a 35-23 loss to Curwensville Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School in an AML South game.
Ridgway scored two points in the first quarter and three in the third quarter.
"It was poor execution," Ridgway coach Glenn Schauer said. "Defensively, we only gave up 35 points, not too bad. Offensively, we turned the ball over to the other team. It was just poor execution. It's frustrating. Sometimes we play well and then in games we can win, we play like this, frustrating."
BROOKVILLE â€” Both sides in Steven Rebert's double homicide trial rested their cases Monday following a week of testimony at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
The Commonwealth seeks the death penalty in the case in which Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double-homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home in Brockway.
The Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] approved three dirt and gravel road projects during Monday night's regular meeting.
Three applications were submitted for projects in Jones and Fox Townships.
According to ECCD Chairman Russ Braun, a meeting with the Quality Assurance Board was held prior to the regular meeting to rank the projects.
"As far as the rankings are concerned, the two Jones Township projects came in on top and the Fox Township project came in third," Braun said. "They are all good projects and there is enough money to cover all three and all three were approved."
Lucille M. Silcosky, 87, of Silver Creek Terrace in St. Marys and formerly of 163 W. Center St., Johnsonburg, died on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a brief illness.
She was born on Nov. 15, 1924, in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Walter J. and Grace Meise Winters.
She married William "Bill" Silcosky on Jan. 6, 1951 in St. John's Lutheran Church in Johnsonburg. He died on Nov. 17, 1998.
Organizers are preparing for what will be the 13th installment of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous scheduled for Feb. 18-25 in downtown Ridgway.
"We're excited because it's coming fast and we're excited about the new location," said Zoe Boni, daughter of Rendezvous founders Rick and Liz Boni.
St. Marys native Kelly Carver recently left the West Coast and is back on the East Coast serving as the new gallery coordinator at Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA).
Carver returned to the area from Seattle, Wash. in February 2010 and began an association with ECCOTA that led to her current position.
"I moved back home in February of 2010, and then in June of 2010, I became a volunteer and then I sat on the board of directors of ECCOTA. So I sat on the board until August of 2011 and then the job of gallery coordinator became available and they offered me the position," Carver said.