November 17th, 2011
Following the recent allegations that former Penn State assistant football coach Gerald A. â€śJerryâ€ť Sandusky allegedly sexually abused at least eight young boys over a 15-year period, one statement has been repeated frequently: The focus should remain on helping the victims of this alleged abuse.
The debacle has left people wondering many things, not the least of which is: If something like this could happen at a large institution like Penn State and stay under the radar, how many other places could it be happening and go unnoticed?
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] responded to a site along Silver Creek, half of a mile from the reservoir Thursday morning, 48 hours after the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company reportedly leaked a large amount of bentonite into the stream, quickly making its way into the reservoir.
DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday reported an increased amount of sediment in the reservoir and a temporary spike in the turbidity following the incident.
Sunday said there was not an impact on the quality of the drinking water.
While Elk County may have weathered the housing crisis better than other parts of the country, some local realtors say the area is experiencing an emerging nationwide trend which has seen foreclosure rates climbing steeply, in the double digits, in just a matter of months.
According to Fitch, a global rating agency, national foreclosure rates have jumped 14 percent between the second and third quarter of 2011.
Richard L. Polesky, 81, 797 Dill Hill Rd., Johnsonburg, died early Thursday morning, Nov. 17, 2011, at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1929 in Elizabeth, N.J., son of Michael and Rose Fragale Poleski.
On Aug. 20, 1955 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg he married Norma R. Shannon and she preceded him in death on Sept. 2, 2005.
Formerly of New Jersey, he resided in Johnsonburg since 1973.
Lisa M. Maholtz, 51, of Early Avenue, Ridgway, died Tuesday, Nov. 1 at home after a short illness.
Funeral services for Lisa M. Maholtz will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jay Tennies officiating.
A memorial service for Kenneth W. Parks, 97, who died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg. There will be a James W. Brown Lodge #675 F&AM service and military honors accorded by the Johnsonburg-Wilcox Servicemen's Detail following the memorial service.
It was mistakenly reported in another publication that the service had taken place on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Edith J. Bogacki, 97, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 17, 1913, in Rossiter, the daughter of the late Charles and Assunta Nichademas Glasso. On Aug. 27, 1935, she married John J. Bogacki, who predeceased her on March 13, 1989.
Elizabeth Lee 'Betty' Barry, 95, formerly of Ridgway, died Nov. 14, 2011 in Farmville, Va.Â
She was born in Parsons, W Va., the daughter of the late Carl and Sara Duncan Jarvis.Â Betty married the late Charles Raymond Barry. She loved animals, especially cats, working in her garden and working outside. She enjoyed a simple life.Â Betty thrived on always giving her time to others and never asked anything in return.Â
The Elk County Community Foundation [ECCF] distributed nearly $20,000 in grant monies to five non-profit organizations Wednesday night at Elkwood Arts at 324 Allenhurst Ave., in Ridgway.
ECCF brought together non-profit organizations that serve the residents of Ridgway who were chosen to receive a grant from the Borough of Ridgway Charitable Fund.
A multiyear effort to inventory local roads and bridges dominated dialogue Wednesday morning during a North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] meeting as the board of directors linked the issue with Senate Bill 1100 (drilling impact fee).
All locally-owned roads and bridges under 20 feet are being inventoried, according to Amy Kessler, director of the Community Development and Regional Planning department at North Central.