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August 18th, 2011

Bucktail Council to hold annual memorial service

August 19, 2011

PENFIELD – Camp Mountain Run will be the site of the Bucktail Council Boy Scouts of America annual memorial service at the chapel.
The service will be Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., taking place in its usual spot as the second Saturday in September each year. This is the 18th year for the service with the first service taking place on Aug. 20, 1994.

Manhunt continues into night

August 19, 2011

[Editor's Note: As of press time Thursday evening, the search for Jamie Lee Desantis had resumed in the Johnsonburg area amid reports that he had been spotted. He had not yet been apprehended.]

A foot pursuit and aerial search through the woods off Montmorenci Road for Jamie Lee Desantis, a fugitive who violated parole for unknown charges, were fruitless Thursday after a three-hour hunt.
Desantis was facing a state parole and had been sent to Erie County to a halfway house and had apparently not reported back to his quarters.

August 17th

Discussion over Pennsy Station continues

August 18, 2011

Mayor Guillermo Udarbe asked the Ridgway Borough Council to take legal action against the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad in an effort to resolve a 14-year dispute over what to do with the Pennsy Station along North Broad Street.
Udarbe reminded council that on Sept. 24, 2010, code enforcement officer Dave Zeigler wrote a letter to B&P Railroad property manager Bill Gentilman citing all of the violations and giving a 30-day notice to correct the violations.

Scared speechless? In this case, practice does make perfect

August 18, 2011

ST. MARYS – Making the toast at your best friend's wedding? Asked to make a presentation at work? Addressing a group of donors for your charity? If the prospect of any of these scenarios scares you speechless, you're not alone.
Many people have a paralyzing fear of speaking in public. Even teachers who are used to addressing a classroom full of children every day can get tongue-tied when it comes to speaking in front of a more grown-up audience. But it doesn't have to be that way, according to Elk County Toastmasters Past President Cory Straub.

August 16th

Girls Scouts getting busy

August 17, 2011

The Girl Scouts of Ridgway are holding a registration/pool party event Thursday, Aug. 18 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for both Girl Scouts and girls of all ages who may want to learn more about scouts.
"Registration forms will be available for both girls and adults who would like to become involved in Girl Scouts," said Rayetta Lindberg, who indicated family members also are invited to attend. "Financial assistance is available to girls for the registration fee."
There also is no admission charge for the pool party, and food and drinks can be purchased from the concession stand.

Over 1,000 firefighters coming to Kane for convention

August 17, 2011

More than 1,000 volunteer firefighters will be coming to Kane for a three-day convention that begins Thursday.
The Kane Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the 119th annual convention of the Central District Volunteer Firefighter's Association (CDVFA). The organization, founded in 1892, meets annually for business meetings-- as well as for fun, relaxation and camaraderie.

Treatment plant nearing completion

August 17, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority held their regular meeting Tuesday night to discuss the progress of the waste water treatment plant.
"The total project costs will stay within budget provided costs for extra engineering due to the most recent six months of delay are deducted from the general contractor's retainage," said engineer Dan Guss.
The incurred costs for the project as of July 1 are $14,199,677.33 out of a projected budget of $14,319,088.
According to Guss, the treatment plant has remained in full operation since May 31.

Township repeals ordinance

August 17, 2011

The Ridgway Township Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of repealing an outdoor wood burner ordinance and replacing it with ordinance No. 98.
The new ordinance will abide by regulations set by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
"DEP came out with regulations last October so our ordinance is in conflict with it and since they now have regulations we want to turn it over to them," said supervisor Millie Bowers.
DEP had adopted rules and regulations which address the use, construction, placement and fuels to be used in outdoor wood burners.

August 15th

Leuschel sentenced on charges related to theft of over $200,000

August 16, 2011

Laurene L. Leuschel, 51, of St. Marys, was sentenced on Monday morning at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway by 59th Judicial District Judge Richard Masson for the charges of theft by unlawful taking, a grade three felony, and tampering with evidence, a grade one misdemeanor. Leuschel had previously pleaded guilty to the charges during the county’s monthly return day session on Friday, June 3. At that time, sentencing had been deferred so that a pre-sentence investigation report, including a forensic mental health evaluation conducted by Dr. David Webster, could be prepared.

Farm Bureau tour highlights logging industry

August 16, 2011

ST. MARYS – The logging industry in Elk County was the featured topic at this year's 15th annual Elk County Farm Bureau Legislative Tour, held Monday morning at Dave's Saw Shop on Linwood Avenue in St. Marys.
Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) were among the attendees at the event, which included a group discussion on the logging industry, the challenges it faces and its affiliation with the agricultural industry. They were joined by Farm Bureau members and lumber industry representatives.

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