June 17th, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ Two hundred twelve Elk County residents were inducted into the state's Voter Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Thursday in the St. Marys Area High School cafeteria.
Kim Frey, director of the county's Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration, gave the opening remarks.
DuBOIS â€“ School choice is currently a hot topic in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, according to Amy Hill, communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Hill was the main speaker at a news conference held Friday afternoon at DuBois Area Catholic School regarding Senate Bill 1.
"Senate Bill 1 is a good sort of stepping-off place when we're talking about school choice in Pennsylvania right now," Hill said. "The bill aims to increase the very successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which has been in existence for about 10 years now."
Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg reported late Thursday night that the county's 911 Center was again fully operational following a late Tuesday evening evacuation due to noxious fumes.
According to Freeburg, a complete run-through had been completed and no remnants were detected.
Commissioners reported last Friday that back-up batteries were fuming during a charge process.
Unlike many of the school districts in the state, the Ridgway Area School District will not be forced to freeze wages or lay off their teachers.
Concerned resident Scott Warnick attended Tuesday evening's school board meeting to ask the tough question.
â€śI see all of the other districts are having to lay people off, but I haven't heard anything about ours, which I am happy not to hear that we might have to lay off or freeze wages,â€ť Warnick said. â€śI see Brookville [school district] had to and down around State College, and I wanted to know how we are coming with our budget?â€ť
James J. Curci, 83, of West Seneca, N.Y., died at Mercy Hospital on June 11, 2011.
He was born July 22, 1927, in Ridgway, the son of the late Harry and Susan Minilli Curci.
He married Gerda A. Oechsle, who survives.
He was the proud owner of the Queen City Dental Lab for 30 years.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a veteran of WWII.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Harry Curci of Sutton, Mass. and Anthony Curci of Phoneix, Ariz.; and by a sister, Theresa Marroni of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys.
Gerald â€śJerryâ€ť Northrop, age 74, of Rasselas Road, Rasselas, died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at UPMC Presbyterian of Pittsburgh after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 27, 1937 in Girard, son of Arnold and Gertrude (Sample) Northrop, both deceased.
He married Janice (Fitch) on Feb 8, 1958 and she survives.
ST. MARYS â€“ A sizable crowd was on hand for the first Elk County Gas Task Force educational seminar, held Wednesday evening at St. Marys Area Middle School.
Elk County Commissioner June Sorg acted as the hostess as she introduced each of the seminar's three speakers: Jim Clark of Penn State Cooperative Extension, who spoke about water issues; Mike Donovan of Seneca Resources, who presented a brief overview of Marcellus Shale; and attorney Tom Wagner of St. Marys, who provided information on land leasing.
WILCOX â€“ The Jones Township Municipal Authority will be increasing security at their reservoir along High Street after authority members voted unanimously to add two street lights to its perimeter.
According to chairman Carl Johnson, one of the street lights will cost the municipal authority $200 to install and then cost $12 to $16 a month for each light.
"I talked to the fellow at West Penn Power," Johnson said. "They said if you want an additional light on the next pole up about 50 to 75 feet there it would be about $200, but they can do it at a one-time cost."
The Ridgway Area School District's Students of the Month were honored during Tuesday night's school board meeting.
Third-grader Stephen Freeburg was selected as the elementary school Student of the Month for May. Stephen said he was very excited about receiving the award. His favorite subjects are math, spelling and reading. When he graduates high school he would like to become a third-grade teacher. Stephen's favorite teacher is Mrs. Simons because â€śshe tells us the sentences and sometimes reads to the whole class.â€ť
Local law enforcement agents, dignitaries and citizens gathered Tuesday night at the Ridgway Elks Lodge No. 872 B.P.O.E. for a 45-minute Flag Day ceremony featuring several speakers, including Paul "Ted" Bullers, Mamie Mader and the Honorable Richard Masson, President Judge of Elk County.
"The purpose of the service is to honor our country's flag and to celebrate the anniversary of its birth," Bullers said. "It is quite appropriate that this service should be held by the Order of Elks, an organization that is distinctly American and intensely patriotic."