March 5th, 2013
Speaking at a press conference at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Harrisburg headquarters on Monday afternoon regarding the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in samples collected from three hunter-harvested deer from Blair and Bedford counties, PGC officials indicated there is not believed to be any danger to individuals who consume meat from other deer harvested in those areas, even if the animal had not been tested for CWD.
Surveillance efforts to monitor for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) cost the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) hundreds of thousands of dollars last year, and expenses will likely continue to increase now that the disease has been detected in a small portion of the state's free-ranging deer herd.
ST. MARYS â€“ The popular Relay for Life of Elk County Comedy Night is around the corner, taking place on Saturday evening at The Edgewood in St. Marys. The SGL Warriors team's ninth show, the event typically sells out.
John F. Weidert, 73, of Burgettstown, died Monday, March 4, 2013, 10:50 p.m. in Weirton Medical Center.
He was born on March 1, 1940 in Ridgway, son of the late Francis Ottomar and Clara Cecilia Buhler Weidert.
Mr. Weidert was a 1958 graduate of Ridgway High School and a 1962 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, earning a degree in Forestry.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War Era.
Since 1983, the Good Samaritan Food Bank of Ridgway has been dedicated to providing food to local individuals and families in need.
A St. Marys woman was sentenced in Elk County Court Monday on charges that she stole $20,000 from the Walmart Supercenter Store #1792 in Fox Township while employed there over a two-year period.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) announced additional information regarding the three hunter-killed deer that tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Blair and Bedford counties during a press conference held at the PGC's Harrisburg headquarters on Monday afternoon. According to Cal DuBrock, Bureau Director of Wildlife Management for the PGC, the three deer were tested through the commission's aging field checks during the general firearm season.
Nedra Marie Rooney, 95, of Erie, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Forestview Health Care Center at Springhill.
She was born Oct. 23, 1917 in Kane to the late Edward J. and Alice Retzer Powell. Nedra graduated from Wilcox High School in 1935 where she was salutatorian and received a BS in Education from Villa Maria College in 1960. Previously she had attended Lockhaven Teacherâ€™s College (University) and the University of Alabama.
Donna L. Carlsson, 74, of Haycock Twp., Bucks County, formerly of Kane, passed away unexpectedlyÂ Sunday morning, March 3, 2013 in St. Lukeâ€™s Hospital, Bethlehem.
Born Nov. 10, 1938 in Chicago, she was the daughter of Fred and Edna Larson Wirth. She married the Rev. Dr. Andrew E. Carlsson, with whom she celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last August.
CLARION â€“ Another Johnsonburg second-half comeback equaled a district championship 30 years in the making. Johnsonburg boys basketball won their first district championship since 1983 with a 37-29 victory over Ridgway in the Class A title game held at Clarion University. See page 6.