April 11th, 2012
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."
State requirements for the Keystone Exams continue to 'bewilder' Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien.
O'Brien explained his confusion for the shifting requirements during Tuesday night's board of directors meeting.
The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's new system of high school graduation requirements. The exams are designed to assist school districts in guiding students toward meeting state standards.
Experts are urging more young men to get themselves screened for testicular cancer, as the disease is most often found in males between the ages of 15 and 35 years old. In addition, the disease is the most common form of cancer for white males between the ages of 20 to 34 years old.
The National Cancer Institute says most testicular cancers are found first by the patient, whether through self-examination or randomly.
ST. MARYS â€“ The results from Monday night's live voting round of NBC's "The Voice" were announced during another live show on Tuesday. Votes were cast from 10 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday and the top three vote getters on Team Adam and Team Cee Lo were automatically advanced to the next round of the competition. The bottom three vote getters on each team had the opportunity to perform one last song, with their coach then selecting one to "save," while the other two were eliminated from the competition.
Members of the Elk County Gas Task Force learned more about the new Marcellus Shale drilling law that recently took effect at their Tuesday meeting, including a brief overview of shale deposits in the state.
State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Oil and Gas Manager Craig Lobins discussed what a typical well site might look like and some history about drilling. According to Lobins, the first Marcellus well in Pennsylvania was drilled in 2004.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Women's Social, sponsored by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, is looking to 'Spruce Up for Spring' for its 24th annual dinner, which includes tips by local experts on interior design, painting, decorating and much more.
Darrel R. Roof, 74, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of 235 Walnut St., Ridgway, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born May 25, 1937, in Ridgway, the son of the late Floyd and Vara Rhines Roof.
Mr. Roof was a lifelong Ridgway resident. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. He was active in the Special Olympics and the Boy Scouts of America.
He was the last of his immediate family.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Engeman and Jean Orlosky; and by a nephew, James Engeman.