July 5th, 2011
The Elk County Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting yesterday morning to approve a variety of topics.
First on the agenda, the commissioners approved the use of the courthouse lawn on July 15 and 22 by the Elk County Council of the Arts for their Summer Concert Series.
The commissioners voted to approve a license agreement made effective as of June 30, 2010, by and between West Penn Power Company and Elk County.
For more, read the Wednesday, July 6 edition of The Ridgway Record.
WILCOX â€“ The Wilcox American Legion baseball team opened the Elk County American Legion playoffs with a 12-3 win over Fox Township last night at Jones Township Community Park.
"It's a nice way to start a new season," Wilcox coach Jeff Peterson said. "The rest of the pitching staff will have to pick it up a notch moving forward. Fox is a good team with good pitching and good hitting."
The win puts Wilcox ahead 1-0 in the best-of-three semifinal series. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Fox Township.
ST. MARYS â€“ The St. Marys Little League Junior All-Stars used a strong nine-run first inning to set the stage for their victory over the Ridgway Little League All-Stars Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park. After building a large lead, St. Marysâ€™ batters were able to answer Ridgwayâ€™s runs and cruised to a 14-4 victory in five innings.
ST. MARYS â€“ The St. Marys 11-12 year old all stars came from behind to beat the Ridgway all stars by a 10-7 score Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park.
Ridgway was leading the contest 7-5 going into the top half of the sixth. St. Marys came up with five runs in that inning to record the 10-7 victory.
St. Marys is in action tonight at 6 p.m. against Punxsutawney. This will be the finals of the loserâ€™s bracket.
The Elk County Tea Party hosted its Freedom Rally yesterday morning to a large audience on the steps of the Elk County Courthouse.
Among the many guest speakers were U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) and State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk).
With increased construction zones in the area and holiday traffic on the rise for the Fourth of July, State Police officials are hoping for a safe weekend.
"We see an increase in traffic during pretty much any holiday," said Trooper Bruce Morris of the Ridgway-based state police. "The most significant one, believe it or not, is Thanksgiving, as we see an increase in DUIs along that time as well. You have college kids coming back on a break, you have hunters coming in for the deer season, so that's usually the biggest one out of all of them.
Americans lighting up sparklers and enjoying their own backyard fireworks displays in conjunction with this year's Fourth of July national celebration may be relieved to know that even though the use of these products has increased dramatically over the past 35 years, they are the safest they've been since such information has been regularly tracked.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA] held a special meeting yesterday afternoon to approve a revised proposal after the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] denied the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company's request to buy water from the municipal authority.
Authority members voted unanimously in favor of the revised proposal.
The agreement states that the JMA will supply 157,000 gallons of water at either the Silver Creek and Long Level Road intersection or at the Silver Creek Water Plant.
What began as a small unattended campfire on May 29 has turned into the biggest blaze in Arizona history. Recently helping in the battle against this epic blaze were forest firefighters Don Weis of St. Marys and Bill Maiers of Johnsonburg.
The pair recently returned from a 17-day stint out West, from June 8-24, where they were among three Pennsylvania crews sent out to assist with the firefighting efforts.
"A fire of this size will need resources from all over the country," Weis said.
David J. "Bud" Silvis, 86, of 152 Baumer Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at the Pinecrest Manor after an illness of the past several months.
He was born on March 27, 1925, in St. Marys, the son of the late David and Irene Cheatle Silvis. In November 1949 at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, he married Loraine E. Overturf, who preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 1999.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. He was employed as a chemical engineer at the Stackpole Carbon Co., retiring in 1983.