With a winter maintenance budget of $1.3 million and $2 million for Elk and McKean counties, respectively, Greg Sayers, PennDOT (Pa. Department of Transportation) county maintenance manager for the two counties, said he is prepared to battle Jack Frost nipping at the roads and bracing himself and his team for what he knows firsthand to be an often- unpredictable season.
Gunnar Clark Jude Hughes of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Dec. 22, 2011 at Kansas City Hospice House surrounded by his immediate family.
Born on July 15, 1952, Gunnar was raised in Swarthmore. He graduated from Penn State University in 1979, where he earned degrees in journalism and economics. His college years were interrupted when he was drafted and he spent two years in an engineering battalion in Frankfurt, Germany.
Nancy L. Jones, 74, of Chestnut Street, St. Marys, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
She was born March 20, 1937 in Johnsonburg, the daughter of the late Paul and Helene (Kilhoffer) Stahli.
She was born and raised in Johnsonburg, lived 30 years in Ridgway and the past 15 years in St. Marys. She was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1954. She worked as a secretary for Ridgway Color, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the Elk County Prison Warden, retiring in 2009.
The Headwaters Resource & Conservation Development Council based out of DuBois is still accepting applications from Elk County residents to receive free private drinking water supply tests.
The Headwaters Quality Drinking Water Project is designed to provide low income families in Jefferson, Elk, Potter, Cameron, Clinton, Centre and McKean Counties with funding to secure chain of custody water sample analyses of their private water supplies prior to Marcellus Shale gas drilling activities.
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder is often credited with remarking that "our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time."
Christmas can be a particularly special time for children, and they often make memories that they carry with them throughout the rest of their lives. Several current and former residents of Elk County recently shared with The Daily Press some of their fondest Christmas memories from their childhood.
Christine I. â€śDenaâ€ť Dahms, 92, of 266 Grove Ave., Ridgway, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 17, 1919, in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Margaret Forester Steger. She married John A. â€śJackâ€ť Dahms on Feb. 14, 1943; he predeceased her on Aug. 19, 2005.
Mrs. Dahms was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening , reading, and staying abreast of current events and changes in the nursing profession. She was a Registered Nurse at Elk County General Hospital and Ridgway Community Nurses.
Frank W. Sekelsky, 91, of 14 Kane St., Wilcox, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Feb. 28, 1920, in Johnsonburg, son of the late John and Katherine Knopic Sekelsky. He married Wanda Waskiewicz on Sept. 30, 1944 in Holy Cross Church, Rasselas. She survives.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â The Johnsonburg Rams won four of seven head-to-head matches Thursday night against Smethport as the visiting Hubbers took the dual meet win, 60-24.
Smethport was fueled by seven forfeit victories and three wins by falls.
The Rams however garnered some attention Thursday as they won four of the seven matches on the mat, all by fall.
"We looked very aggressive when we came out, very intense," said Johnsonburg head wrestling coach Mike Votano.
The Women Who Care, a project of the Elk County Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Salvation Army in Ridgway for $3,000. This marks the second year the Salvation Army has received support from The Women Who Care.
â€śThis year we were awarded $3,000 to serve our energy assistance program,â€ť said Captain Scott Harvey of the Salvation Army. â€śLast year they gave us a grant for our King's Table program.â€ť
The Salvation Army approached the Women Who Care because of their support in the past.
Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt reported on his visit to the Silver Creek site after the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company spilled a large amount of bentonite into the stream, quickly making its way into a reservoir controlled by the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority.
Bentonite is a form of impure clay that easily absorbs water and is used to facilitate gas drilling.