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Highland supervisor says: lawsuit could ‘bankrupt us’

February 27, 2015

JAMES CITY – A federal lawsuit filed by Seneca Resources against Highland Township over the “injection well’ controversy “has the potential to bankrupt us.”
This is the opinion of Jim Wolfe, chairman of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors.
Wolfe said Thursday that the board has called a special meeting Monday to discuss the lawsuit with township residents. The public meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the township building in James City.

Gas rep: 'Deep concerns' with ordinance

February 27, 2015

Jeff Wilhelm, a land use litigator with Reed Smith, was one attendee at Thursday's Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors meeting, and he was the only oil and gas representative to speak during the nearly 90-minute meeting.
Wilhelm, representing Hunt Marcellus Operating Company, LLC, informed the supervisors that he has "deep concerns" with the curative amendment process, and that the supervisors should expect a written response from the company.
"You will be getting a response from us," Wilhelm said. "There are some things I have deep concerns with."

Bench donated in memory of fallen Marine

February 27, 2015

A bench marked USMC for the United States Marine Corps has been donated by Douglas Ryan of Altoona on behalf of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to the Clancy family in memory of their son, Corporal Donovan E. Clancy.
Born July 27, 1988 to Tina and Kevin Clancy of Ridgway, Donovan went to Saint Leo’s for grade school and did his high school years in Elk County Catholic. He attended Penn State College for pre-med dentistry.

Bosworth: Making sculptures come alive

February 27, 2015

Mark Bosworth attended his first Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous last year and had on display a fantastic memorial piece of a girl, Amanda Putney, who had died in a tragic car accident in 2012. The piece was a bit larger than life of her with wings raised lying on the neck of her horse and with other, smaller carvings, brought real attention to Bosworth for their realism.

Master of arts Dow highlights themes

February 26, 2015

The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous seminar Wednesday morning featured Scott Dow who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing.
He has been doing chainsaw carving for six years which he picked up when his wife Jennifer said it was something she thought he could do. Dow is now a full-time chainsaw carver.

North Central hears audit presentation

February 26, 2015

Representatives from North Central's auditing firm attended Wednesday's executive committee meeting to give a presentation on the audit that was completed for North Central for the 2014-2014 fiscal year.
Baker Tilly, the company contracted by the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission to complete the organization's audits, sent Karen Larsen, Baker Tilly partner, and Adam Hartzel, senior manager at Baker Tilly, to Wednesday's meeting to speak about the process and results relating to the most recent audit.

3 counties offer support of regional rail authority

February 26, 2015

The counties of Elk, Clearfield and Jefferson have all adopted non-binding resolutions in support of the creation of a regional rail authority, according to North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission Executive Director Eric Bridges.
The possibility of creating a regional rail authority has become a reoccurring topic at North Central meetings after as the organization is looking into having a part in the restoration of 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.

Early projections have RASD in the red $288K

February 25, 2015

Early budget projections for the Ridgway Area School District show the district in the red by a total amount of $288,977 for 2015-2016.
This early projection uses the revenue figure that the district used in 2014-2015 as district officials don't know what kind of funding newly-elected Governor Tom Wolf will put towards education in his upcoming proposed state budget.
Donna Sidelinger, RASD business manager, said Wolf will present his budget March 3, and then the House and Senate will have until June 30 to pass that proposed budget.

Bradford judge dismisses murder charge against Stidd

February 25, 2015

BRADFORD – Bradford District Court Judge Dominic A. Cercone has dismissed a criminal homicide charge against a prominent Bradford businessman.
The dismissal came Tuesday following a 2 1/2-hour preliminary hearing before Cercone.
Stephen Daniel Stidd, 62, of 725 E. Main St., Bradford, was charged with murder in the Jan. 16 shooting death of his son-in-law Melvin Daniel Bizzarro, 43, also of Bradford.
Stidd allegedly shot Bizzarro about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16 behind Togi’s Restaurant at 412 E. Main St., Bradford. Togi's Restaurant is operated by Stidd's daughter, Michelle.

Emporium man faces multiple drug charges in St. Marys

February 25, 2015

An Emporium man found asleep in a Kay Fork Road cabin faces multiple misdemeanor charges of possession of controlled substances, possession of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Shane Richard Lyon, 44, was found sleeping in a bed in a camp by patrolmen Smith and Marconi of the St. Marys Police Department.

Carving seminars continue with Stoner

February 25, 2015

The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous had Jason Stoner of Fairfield present a seminar Tuesday at the American Legion along Main Street.
Jason Stoner began carving 10 years ago after receiving a chainsaw as a gift and seeing works done by Duane Bender. Firewood soon became artwork. Stoner began full-time carving four years ago.

Seneca Resources files federal suit vs. Highland

February 25, 2015

KANE – As expected, Seneca Resources has filed a federal lawsuit against Highland Township for its attempt to block a federally-approved injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
In a suit filed in U.S. District Court, Seneca is seeking action to "temporarily and permanently" ban the township and its Board of Supervisors from enforcing an ordinance adopted two years ago.
The ordinance, crafted under the guidance of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF), bans underground injection control (UIC) wells used for the disposal of natural gas brines.

Annis sentenced in multiple cases

February 25, 2015

Damian Tristan Annis, 24, of St. Marys was sentenced to nine to 24 months of incarceration and five years of probation after pleading guilty in several cases Monday at Elk County Court.
Annis pleaded guilty to three felony counts of burglary, one misdemeanor count of theft from a motor vehicle, one misdemeanor count of loitering and prowling at night time and two misdemeanor counts of theft by deception

District seeks more identity in field with new clothing

February 24, 2015

The Elk County Conservation District is considering creating an allowance for its staff members that would allow them to purchase work related clothing items that would be embroidered with the district's logo.
The district's board of directors held discussions about the potential allowance during the district's regular monthly meeting on Monday.
The idea was proposed by the Elk County Conservation District's manager, Steve Putt, as a way to help identify district workers out in the field.

Booker presents Rendezvous seminar

February 24, 2015

Aaron Booker started carving with a utility knife when he was just a young boy. His first big project was a bear roughly four feet tall that someone had asked if he could create.
He did not jump into using a chainsaw but rather explored his way, discovering he could cut a section here and another there using the chainsaw. Booker approached his painting and finishing techniques the same way. He would try something on an idea and discover if he liked the results.
Aaron Booker gave this 16th Rendezvous its second seminar demonstrating his painting technique.

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