July 20th, 2011
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KANE â€“ Ken VanGiesen always has been a soldier's soldier.
He earned this distinction by his attention to detail in every assignment he was ever given as a 12-year member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
VanGiesen, the 30-year-old son of Tom and Sue VanGiesen of 137 Lincoln St., Kane, died Monday when an "improvised explosive device (IED)"Â exploded on a convoy near Bagram in eastern Afghanistan. Two other soldiers riding in the same vehicle also were killed in the explosion. Five others were wounded.
WILCOX â€“ Manager Jeff Allio from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership [RCAP] out of Meadville evaluated the Jones Township Municipal Authority's rate structure Wednesday night during a board meeting.
RCAP's goal is to help small, rural communities that are seeking to build, maintain or expand their water and wastewater infrastructure by providing training in the financial, managerial and operational areas of water and wastewater systems.
Louis J. DiIulio, age 84, of Sixth Avenue, Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center of St. Marys after a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 12, 1926 in Keystone, son of Armundo and Viola (Cherry) DiIulio, both deceased. He married Carrie (Beer), she predeceased him in 1990.
He attended Johnsonburg schools and served in the Army during World War II in Company B, 864th Engineer Aviation Battalion. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, WWII Victory Ribbon and Army Occupation Medal (Japan).
The Wilcox American Legion baseball team lost 15-7 to French Creek Valley at the Region 8 Tournament in Saegertown Tuesday.
The loss eliminates Wilcox from the tournament. Wilcox finished with a 2-2 record at the tournament this season after capturing the Elk County League title with a best-of-three series win over St. Marys.
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Ken VanGiesen never had any regrets about his decision to join the Pennsylvania Army National Guard after graduating from Kane Area High School in 1999.
"If I had it to do over again, I still would do it," VanGiesen told The Kane Republican in 2005 before the firstÂ of his two deployments in Iraq. "I'm proud to be able to do it."
This brave and loyal American lost his life Monday while serving with a National Guard unit in Afghanistan.
Janet Marie Trunzo, 61, of DuBois passed away peacefully with her friends at her side on Sunday evening, July 10, 2011.
Janet was born on Sept. 28, 1949. She was adopted by Clarence and Geneva (Shoch) Fields.
She was employed with DuFast Transit until 2008. Janet enjoyed bowling, softball, shooting pool, and spending time with her friends.
Surviving are her adopted brother, John; eight nieces and two nephews; and close friends Carolyn, Mertz, Chrissy, Jodi, April, Marian, Cora, Linda, Victoria, Lisa, KiKi and Christine.
Officials from the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] attended Tuesday morning's Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting to again reiterate the fact that the sale of the Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] to the county features no spending of county tax dollars of any kind.
"When ITEC was built in 1997 or 1998, a bond issue was taken out," said Jim Chorney, director of finances for the commission. "The bond issue was backed by Jefferson and Elk counties.
ST. MARYS â€“ Connor McKenzie Rohrback, 18, of 200 Neubert St., St. Marys, was held to court on third-degree misdemeanor charges of defiant trespass-posted on school grounds and disorderly conduct-hazardous/physically offensive condition following a preliminary hearing and arraignment at District Judge Donald Wilhelm's office on Tuesday afternoon.
Wilhelm set standard bail at $1,000, which was posted by Rohrback. A formal arraignment was scheduled for Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Elk County Courthouse.
Officials working in the Elk County Sheriff's Office will soon have an easier time thanks to the addition of state-of-the-art software.
Commissioners signed an agreement Tuesday morning with Teleosoft, Inc. for improvements to the sheriff's office totaling $18,900.
"I extend my appreciation to the commissioners for the approval of this contract," said Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg. "We're replacing software in our office that is actually DOS-based, pretty much nearly 28 years old.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority met Tuesday night during its regular meeting to discuss the progress of the waste water treatment plant.
"We are really at the point where we need to have a discussion about the closing of the job and what's going to be involved," said engineer Dan Guss. "The total project cost 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."
The total incurred cost as of July 1, including retainage, is $14,097,217.74.