April 12th, 2012
JAY TWP. - The Pennsylvania State Police have issued a warning to Jay Township residents urging them to lock their vehicles and take valuable items inside following a recent string of burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles in the area.
Trooper Craig A. Smith, the investigating officer in two recent thefts from a motor vehicle, said the criminal activity has peaked within the last month and the investigation has yet to yield any suspects.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A new face is at the helm of the Johnsonburg softball program as first-year head coach Jenny Lewis hopes to build on last season's playoff appearance.
"I started teaching in Johnsonburg last year and I had helped some of the pitchers last year," Lewis said. "When the opening came up I thought I might as well use what I have and try to coach."
A Brookville Area High School graduate, Lewis attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and competed in softball at both the high school and collegiate levels. Her experience, she said, can be a double-edged sword.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ After a winless 2011 campaign, the Johnsonburg boys tennis team is already ahead of the curve for the 2012 season and are looking for bigger things to come as the spring progresses.
"We're looking to improve on last season after not winning a match and early on this year, we have won, and we have improved," said Johnsonburg head boys varsity tennis coach Gregg Dauber. "I hope to see some of our returning players stepping up and playing the way they should play to lead the way and lead the team because that's their job."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg track and field is ready to have a strong season after only a couple of events.
Johnsonburg coach Rene Timm said there is a good mix of new and returning athletes on the team entering this season.
â€śIâ€™m excited about the numbers, we have a lot of faces back, a lot of new faces,â€ť Timm said. â€śSo far, itâ€™s looking good. Mother Nature really gave us some good days to practice. Iâ€™m just looking forward to everyone stepping up and doing the same as we did last year and better.â€ť
Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) presented some more in-depth information about the state's newly enacted legislation dealing with Marcellus Shale drilling at a Tuesday meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
Ridgway Mayor Guillermo Udarbe and Consul General of the Philippines Mario De Leon Jr. and his staff attended a meeting with Congressman Glenn Thompson [PA-5] Wednesday afternoon at his office in Bellefonte to encourage sponsorship of a bill aimed to allow the duty-free entry of Philippine garments into the U.S.
Currently the bill, H.R. 2387, Save Our Industries Act, has 20 bipartisan cosponsors hoping to grant the duty-free entry of Philippine garments into the United States if the textiles and fabrics are made in the U.S.
ST. MARYS â€“ After nine years of supporting U.S. servicemen and women by sending care packages all over the world, the Letters From Home program is retiring on Sunday, April 22 following its 35th and final campaign.
"By all means, the military has told us our mission is complete. We've had a wonderful, wonderful ride, made a difference, met a lot of nice people and couldn't be more proud," said Christine Jovenitti, LFH founder and director who established the program in May 2003 when her son's unit was deployed to Iraq.
Township supervisors from Elk County had concerns about the stateâ€™s new oil and gas drilling law versus local ordinances at a recent meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
Fox Township Supervisor and Roadmaster Randy Gradizzi and Jay Township Supervisor Murray Lilley questioned representatives from the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) about protections in the new law (Act 13 of 2012) and whether they were sufficient to adequately shield area residents and water sources from the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling.
John Elliott Adkison, 57 of Â Strawberry, Ariz. died, March 16, 2012 at Mayo Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.
He was born on March 31, 1954 in Marlington, W. Va., son of the late Della Adkison. He is survived by his wife, Vandy Adkison; two stepchildren, Scott Darnell and Vandy Van Epps; and six grandchildren. Previous marriages blessed him with four sons, John Adkison Jr. of Ottumwa, Iowa, Bruce Adkison of Â Florida, Travis Adkison of Â Raleigh, N.C., and Trever Adkison of Erie, and three granddaughters and two grandsons.
The Ridgway YMCA "Shape the Future" Capital Campaign is under way as officials are seeking $1.5 million in donations for a joint swimming pool and exercise room project.
"We chose 'Shape the Future' because we need to have a YMCA for our future," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "We need to move it forward and improve it so that it's here for generations to come.
"There are rules and regulations that come out every year that we must comply with, the newest involving handicap accessibility. That is going to be our main focus."