County commissioners on Tuesday approved an $11.3 million spending plan that features no new taxes highlighted with a 3-percent wage increase for bargaining and non-bargaining county employees.
"The 2012 budget was presented to the public at our meeting earlier in the month," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "We went into the public participation and review process, it's been on display online as well as physically in our office, and I don't believe we've had any comments on it."
Ann K. Powell, 87, formerly of Wilcox, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at the Lutheran Home at Kane.
Born Aug. 28, 1924, in James City, she was a daughter of Joseph and Anna MishulkÂ Gezik. She had been married to Norbert Powell who preceded her in death.
Surviving are one sister, Mary Morgan of James City; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents and husband, by three children and five brothers.
Diane M. Boroi, 65, of 461 Toby Rd., Kersey, died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, 2011, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 30, 1946, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edwin and Dorothy (Miles) Swanson. On July 31, 1965, she married Irvin J. Boroi, who preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2001.
She had resided in Kersey most of her life and was a member of the Toby United Methodist Church, the Fox Township Ambulance Service, the Fox Township Fire Department Auxiliary, and had been a Girl Scout leader. She had been employed by state Rep. Dan Surra.
With a winter maintenance budget of $1.3 million and $2 million for Elk and McKean counties, respectively, Greg Sayers, PennDOT (Pa. Department of Transportation) county maintenance manager for the two counties, said he is prepared to battle Jack Frost nipping at the roads and bracing himself and his team for what he knows firsthand to be an often- unpredictable season.
Gunnar Clark Jude Hughes of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Dec. 22, 2011 at Kansas City Hospice House surrounded by his immediate family.
Born on July 15, 1952, Gunnar was raised in Swarthmore. He graduated from Penn State University in 1979, where he earned degrees in journalism and economics. His college years were interrupted when he was drafted and he spent two years in an engineering battalion in Frankfurt, Germany.
Nancy L. Jones, 74, of Chestnut Street, St. Marys, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
She was born March 20, 1937 in Johnsonburg, the daughter of the late Paul and Helene (Kilhoffer) Stahli.
She was born and raised in Johnsonburg, lived 30 years in Ridgway and the past 15 years in St. Marys. She was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1954. She worked as a secretary for Ridgway Color, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the Elk County Prison Warden, retiring in 2009.
The Headwaters Resource & Conservation Development Council based out of DuBois is still accepting applications from Elk County residents to receive free private drinking water supply tests.
The Headwaters Quality Drinking Water Project is designed to provide low income families in Jefferson, Elk, Potter, Cameron, Clinton, Centre and McKean Counties with funding to secure chain of custody water sample analyses of their private water supplies prior to Marcellus Shale gas drilling activities.
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder is often credited with remarking that "our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time."
Christmas can be a particularly special time for children, and they often make memories that they carry with them throughout the rest of their lives. Several current and former residents of Elk County recently shared with The Daily Press some of their fondest Christmas memories from their childhood.
Christine I. â€śDenaâ€ť Dahms, 92, of 266 Grove Ave., Ridgway, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 17, 1919, in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Margaret Forester Steger. She married John A. â€śJackâ€ť Dahms on Feb. 14, 1943; he predeceased her on Aug. 19, 2005.
Mrs. Dahms was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening , reading, and staying abreast of current events and changes in the nursing profession. She was a Registered Nurse at Elk County General Hospital and Ridgway Community Nurses.
Frank W. Sekelsky, 91, of 14 Kane St., Wilcox, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Feb. 28, 1920, in Johnsonburg, son of the late John and Katherine Knopic Sekelsky. He married Wanda Waskiewicz on Sept. 30, 1944 in Holy Cross Church, Rasselas. She survives.