August 17th, 2011
More than 1,000 volunteer firefighters will be coming to Kane for a three-day convention that begins Thursday.
The Kane Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the 119th annual convention of the Central District Volunteer Firefighter's Association (CDVFA). The organization, founded in 1892, meets annually for business meetings-- as well as for fun, relaxation and camaraderie.
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.
Michael A. Bigley, 61, of 1914 Settle Road, Newark Valley, N.Y., died Monday afternoon, August 15, 2011, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, N.Y. following a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.
He was born December 14, 1949 in Pittsburgh, son of the late Frederick and Dorothy Wallace Bigley.
On February 5, 1972, in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, he married Lynn Steudler, who survives.
He graduated from Keystone Oaks High School, Pittsburgh. He also attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Florence C. Redmount, age 86, of 310 Jackson Ave., Ridgway, died Sunday evening, Aug. 14, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home followed an illness of the past three years.
She was born May 30, 1925, in New York, N.Y., daughter of the late Abraham and Rebecca (Schweitzer) Schweitzer. She married Melvin B. Redmount on June 1, 1952, he survives.
She had resided in Ridgway for the last 53 years and was a member of the B'nai Brith Synagogue in Bradford, was a past two-term Ridgway Area School Board member, a past member of the Footlighters, and a member of the Animal Protection Association.
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."
Angelica Kuess Davila (Laredo, Texas) won the national championship in high power standard rifle as the 3-day competition closed Saturday at the Ridgway Rifle Club.
She finished with a score of 98 (33-33-32) to win by two over Enrique Kuess Jr. (Laredo, Texas). Luke Johnson (Marysville) was third with a 93.