July 11th, 2011
Marcellus Shale drilling again came up as a key topic Monday night during a Spring Creek Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
Supervisor Donna Kosick suggested the potential adoption of an ordinance to ban hydraulic fracturing immediately while various legal battles regarding Marcellus Shale continue.
The practice, also known as fracking, involves propagating a fracture in a rock layer while using the pressure of a fluid as the source of energy. A number of the chemicals in the fluid are said to be hazardous and may cause health risks ranging from rashes to cancer.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Police chief Bryan Parana commended the Johnsonburg Police Department during Monday's borough council meeting for a "fine job" in the investigations of two burglaries that occurred in June.
"Especially officer John Clopp for doing an investigation in two major armed burglaries/home intrusions," Parana said. "We ended up arresting 10 individuals in the case, recovering two firearms, and solving some additional cases."
Parana stressed the importance of the community's involvement in the case.
Ridgway Main Street Manager and Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Ridgway Farmer's Market. The market has officially opened for business andÂ will be located within Keystone True Value Hardware's Parking Lot 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday throughout the summer.Â The market will continue to grow as the crops come in.
ST. MARYS â€“ The St. Marys Legion edged Wilcox 4-3 on Sunday evening at Berwind Park in the first game of a best-of-three championship series for the Elk County American Legion Baseball League title.
Ben Daghir started on the mound for St. Marys, working four innings and giving up four hits, walking one and striking out five. Pat Brennen worked 1 2/3 innings, giving up four hits, walking two and striking out two. Jordan Weinzierl worked the final third of an inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Travel has always been an interest of St. Marys resident Jason Nussbaum, and he recently found a way to use that interest to his advantage as part of his senior research project at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (UPB). Jason is the son of David and Lori Nussbaum of St. Marys. He is a 2007 graduate of St. Marys Area High School, and while at UPB majored in Human Relations and minored in Spanish and International Studies.
ST. MARYS â€“ The St. Marys City Police report arresting Joseph White, 19, of Johnsonburg, and Ramon Santiago, 22, of St. Marys, and charging them with two counts each of robbery, four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of theft by unlawful taking and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking or disposition. According to reports taken by the police, White and Santiago robbed Alex Weis, 22, of St. Marys, and David Sette, 25, of St. Marys, at gunpoint and knifepoint in the area of Kaulmont Park sometime between 11 and 11:50 p.m. on July 5.
Ronald J. Salvetto, 56, formerly of 566 Rock St., Ridgway, died Saturday morning, July 9, 2011, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
He was born Jan. 15, 1955 in DuBois, son of Pauline A. Salvetto and the late James J. Salvetto.
He had resided in Ridgway for many years and was a former Erie resident. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Ridgway High School, Class of 1973, and had attended Penn State. He had been employed by the Gertrude Barber Center in Erie for 10 years and Hamot Medical Center in Erie for 14 years.
The westbound lane of state Route 120 coming into Ridgway has been paved while the eastbound lane going toward St. Marys remains to be finished which has warranted an uneven pavement sign. Work is expected to continue today.
A fugitive who walked out on his work release approximately 11 months ago has been apprehended in Hartwell, Ga.
According to Elk County Prison Warden Gregory J. Gebauer, William Umstead, who previously was employed as a laborer for a company in Bradford, has been on the loose for nearly a year.
Umstead, serving a 90-day sentence for domestic relations [failure to pay child support], was granted work release but failed to report back to Elk County Prison following his shift nearly a year ago.
The Elk County road improvement project on state Route 120 that began last year and resumed in April is expected to be completed by September.
The work zone on SR 120 stretches east for four miles from Ridgway toward St. Marys.
"Work includes concrete patching, concrete resurfacing, curbing and ramps, manhole adjustments, drainage and guide rail updates," said Marlaine Fannin, PennDOT community relations director.
Crews have begun moving equipment and materials and are working on drainage upgrades, tree trimming, the guide rail replacements and paving.