February 10th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“ You may not always see them in action, but the members of Elkland Search and Rescue provide vital emergency services in Elk and neighboring counties and across the state.
"We actually are the only Pennsylvania-certified search and rescue team in northwestern Pennsylvania," said Matt Young, current president and deputy chief of Elkland Search and Rescue. "We essentially have from where we are all the way over to Ohio and from Interstate 80 all the way up to New York, is pretty much our coverage area."
BROOKVILLE â€” Convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert, who was found guilty of two counts of criminal homicide following his jury trial in January, has filed post-trial motions for acquittal or a new trial.
On Jan. 24, the jury found Rebert, formerly of Emporium, guilty of double homicide in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn and Wayne Shugar, both 61, whose bodies were found April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ About 25 concerned Johnsonburg Area School District teachers attended Thursday night's board of education meeting asking the district to conclude a bargaining process that first began in January of 2010.
Teachers Lisa Gustafson and Jesse Schreiber, both proud members of the Johsonburg Area Education Association [JAEA], made statements prior to the regular meeting.
Ridgway girls basketball billed Senior Night as "Nicole Night" for the Lady Elkers' lone senior, Nicole Breier.
Breier had a career night and a victory to remember her night by.
Breier finished with 27 points as Ridgway won its first game of the season, 57-17 over Harmony.
"It was nice to win," Breier said. "It was my highest scoring game ever, that was exciting. I wasn't expecting it. I thought it would be a good game but I wasn't expecting us to win by that much."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Area School District Superintendent Dennis Crotzer reported receiving a letter of accommodation from the Pa. Secretary of Education Ronald J. Tomalis during Thursday night's regular board of education meeting.
In the letter, Tomalis congratulated the district for the accomplishment shown by the audit of operations for fiscal years ending June 30, 2008 and 2007.
Crotzer took time in his monthly report to read aloud from the letter issued by the Department of the Auditor General.
U.S. Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-Howard, recently outlined his legislative priorities for 2012 as the 112th Congress.
â€œWe start 2012 with momentum.Â On Dec. 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill I introduced this year, the 'Service Members Telemedicine and E-Health Portability Act,' or 'STEP Act,' which will expand mental and health care access to our nationâ€™s service members," Thompson said.
ST. MARYS â€“ My reflections of Joe Paterno go back to Sept. 26, 1978, when I attended a luncheon in State College at Gatsby's Restaurant. Joe Paterno was in attendance; President Gerald Ford; George H.W. Bush was the national Republican chairman; Governor Dick Thornburgh; Lt. Gov. Bill Scranton; Congressman Bill Clinger were all in attendance at the luncheon. Speakers for this luncheon were President Ford, Congressman Clinger and Joe Paterno.
Harry J. Wolf, age 84, of 401 Valley View Dr., Ridgway, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
He was born Sept. 28, 1927, in St. Marys, son of the late Herman and Ruth (Miller) Wolf. He married Rose Winters on July 14, 1978, and she survives.
State Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk, said creating jobs, particularly in rural areas like his legislative district, and ensuring fiscal responsibility in state spending are top priorities for 2012.
BROCKPORT â€“ The Horton Township Board of Supervisors approved a motion to rename the former Brockport Playground to the Jim Cristini Memorial Park.
Vice chairman Levi P. Donahue made the motion to rename the park and said a sign will be designed in the near future in memory of Cristini.
"I was surprised when I read his obituary of all of the things he had done," said Dan Lines. "We lost a great man."
In other business, a new fire truck for the Horton Township Volunteer Fire Department has arrived, said fire chief Chad Guaglianone.