February 22nd, 2012
Reacting to Governor Tom Corbett's initial budget proposal released Feb. 7, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] said they find the spending plan to be challenging.
"The state budget is definitely a tough budget with a lot of things that, if they play out the way they are in the proposal, will present challenges to a lot of people," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central. "It is a budget proposal and given that it is an election year, there will be a lot of legislative wrangling.
BROCKWAY â€” Wednesday, the Shale debate came into clear focus as residents of the Borough of Brockway expressed their concerns about a proposal by Flatirons Resources to drill a well in the borough.
Residents were given this opportunity at a public meeting that took place at the urging of Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), state Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) and state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-75).
At the recent Deanery meeting held at the priory in St. Marys, pastors and priests of Elk County parishes gathered to discuss issues of relevance to the Catholic Church, with the prevalent topic being that of a recent mandate by the Obama administration that requires employers, including religious institutions, to provide contraceptives for employees under healthcare plans.
In a seminar at the American Legion building on Main Street in Ridgway Wednesday, two artisans participating in the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carver Rendezvous, Roger Day of England and Bob King of Seattle, Wash., spoke about the processes involved in wood carving, as well as the technique and new technology geared toward the medium of wood.
Bob King, in his seventh year at Rendezvous, delved into the topic of spatial perception which he described as "something we all have in common, how we perceive objects in the world and their relation to us in space."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ G. M. McCrossin, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA].
According to JMA solicitor Richard Brown, McCrossin is seeking $1,128,327.38 plus interest, penalty and attorney fees in payments for construction work on the waste water treatment plant that "they believe they are entitled to."
"We are in the process of preparing and finalizing an answer in a manner of counterclaim and hope to have that filed prior to the next board meeting," Brown said during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Gary G. Farcus Jr., age 20, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 in Weedville, Jay Township.
Born Aug. 23, 1991 in Punxsutawney, he was the son of Gary G. Farcus Sr. and Laura A. (Johnson) Farcus. They both survive and live in Punxsutawney.
He was a 2010 graduate of DuBois Area High School. He previously worked at The Meadows in DuBois.
Leo Tamburlin, 93, of Route 219, Brockport, died Feb. 21, 2012 at his residence.
He was born April 19, 1918, in Kersey, son of the late Peter and Felicita Ferraza Tamburlin. He married Lorraine Grecco, who survives.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball team advanced to the District 9 Class A quarterfinals by defeating the Cameron County Red Raiders by a 58-48 score Wednesday night at the ECCHS gym.
The Crusaders started out slow as they were outscored 13-5 in the first quarter, but ended the first half tied at 22. In the second half of the game, Elk Catholic outscored the Raiders by a 36-26 margin to advance.
The Crusaders will now travel to Rimersburg Friday night for a 7 p.m. game with second seed Union Knights.
MARIENVILLE â€“ A second half littered with turnovers undid the Johnsonburg Ramettes.
Ten turnovers in the fourth quarter and 26 for the game thwarted any comeback chances in a 48-35 loss to East Forest in the first round of the District 9 Class A girls basketball playoffs Tuesday night at East Forest High School.
Although Ken Tynan of Butler makes a significant portion of his salary carving bears, his true passion lies in creating comic book and superheroes. For this year's Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous auction, Tynan has stuck with what comes naturally to him and has created a massive roaring grizzly out of white pine, weighing in at 400 pounds.
The 52-year-old Butler native drew attention in past years at the Rendezvous with his big green Hulk sculpture.