September 6th, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ For the second year in a row, the Elk County Catholic Crusaders football team started off their season with a victory over the Cameron County Red Raiders, this time picking up a 19-6 victory. Both teams had plenty of extra time to consider their strategies during Saturday eveningâ€™s match-up at Dutch Country Stadium in St. Marys, as the game was delayed for an hour and 15 minutes during the second quarter due to visible lightning from a storm to the north of the county.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the West Creek Wetland Learning Center ready for its grand opening.
The grand opening is set for Wednesday, Sept. 28, which is also Elk County Conservation District Day.
"The majority of the landscaping of the rain and flower garden is complete for the year, except for minor details that will be completed before the grand opening," said watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine.
FOX TWP. â€“ The words 'fiscal restraint' were repeated often by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) at a town hall meeting held at the Red Fern in Fox Township Friday afternoon.
Toomey, on a tour through Elk and several neighboring counties, held the town hall meeting to address the federal debt, jobs and the economy.
There was a multi-vehicle accident Friday at approximately 4:50 p.m. across from The Royal Inn on Boot Jack Road. The crash left one vehicle on its side.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Visiting Coudersport set the tone early with a punishing rushing attack Friday that the Rams had no answer for as the Falcons cruised to a 48-13 win on junior running back Caden Whitman's four rushing touchdowns.
"We were manhandled-- our defensive line, both sides of the ball-- we were just manhandled," said Johnsonburg head varsity football coach Jesse Schreiber. "Coudersport had a very aggressive offensive line and they manhandled our defense. We were in a 5-2 and then went to a 4-4 defensive scheme in the second quarter, and that helped us a little bit defensively.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ St. Marys girls tennis won 5-4 in girls tennis action Thursday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
At No. 1 singles, Taylor Scida of Johnsonburg defeated Mary Rosman, 6-4, 6-4.
â€śTaylor Scida won her first match. She has to get more confidence in herself,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Gregg Dauber said. â€śSheâ€™s good. She has to realize sheâ€™s good.â€ť
St. Marysâ€™ Amy Orr secured a victory at No. 2 singles with a 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Riley Fannin.
ST. MARYS â€“ In a case of cross-town rivalry at its best, the Elk County Catholic Crusader golf team edged the squad from St. Marys Area High School 224-225 in a close match played at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course on Thursday afternoon.
"It was as good of a match as we could have asked for," said St. Marys Area head coach Dan Vollmer. "Unfortunately for the Dutch, one of the players added incorrectly and had to take a higher score than they shot."
Eight players from each school participated in the match; however, only the top five scores from each team counted for their total.
ST. MARYS â€“ Thursday night, representatives from the telecommunications industry, as well as local businesses and government officials, met at Gunners Restaurant in St. Marys to discuss the implications of a proposed area code change for the region slated to take effect in the first quarter of 2015.
As many municipalities within the county are profiting from the Marcellus Shale drilling, the Ridgway Township Municipal Authority voted Thursday in favor of initiating possible negotiations with the Borough of Ridgway concerning the potential delivery of bulk water sales at various locations throughout the township.
Authority members plan to meet with Ridgway Borough officials in the near future to discuss the matter.
Works superintendent Carl Gosnell noted that the township is not equipped to supply the drilling operators.
John Wygant, fire chief at the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department, attended Tuesday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting seeking borough officials' blessings for the purchase of a new fire truck.
Department officials are in the process of purchasing a pumper/rescue truck, combining an engine and a rescue truck into one.
"We haven't bought a new pumper in 13 years," Wygant said. "The average life span is 20 years and then you have to start putting money into them. We have a piece of equipment now that we are continually putting money into and we want to eliminate that.