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August 1st, 2011

Noxious weed survey receives positive response

August 2, 2011

According to Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt, the noxious and invasive weed survey is receiving a positive response.
Putt has surveyed over 290 acres of land in finding the common Bush Honeysuckle and thistle plants on every site.
As of the last Conservation District meeting, Monday, July 25, Putt has completed 11 of his 12 scheduled surveys.
"I'm finding a lot of Bush Honeysuckle, the stuff seems to be everywhere in this county," Putt said. "Thistle of course is everywhere, bull thistle and the other thistles."

David P. Smith

August 2, 2011

David P. Smith, 55 of, Hemlock Street, Kane, died on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at his home following a long illness.
He was born on November 17, 1955 in St. Marys, the son of the late William F. and Jane Krug Smith. On March 8,1986, in St. Leo’s Church in Ridgway, he married Mary Yonker, who survives.
He attended schools in St. Marys and had resided in St. Marys and Eldred before moving to Kane in 2006.

July 31st

Area children participate in third annual Ridgway YMCA Kids Triathlon

August 1, 2011

The third annual Ridgway YMCA Kids Triathlon was held July 30 with 14 triathletes participating. Based at the Ridgway YMCA, the event consisted of swimming, biking, and running. The swim leg was held in the YMCA pool, and the bike and run legs were held on nearby streets. The transition area for T1 (swim to bike) and T2 (bike to run) was located behind the former Ridgway Armory building.

July 29th

Church hosts 'rockin' bible school

July 30, 2011

The First Lutheran Church at 215 Cook Ave. received a strong turnout for this year's vacation bible school.
For the second year in a row, the Bethlehem Lutheran Church teamed up with the First Lutheran Church at 331 South St. to put on a rock n' roll themed religious experience for the children designed by Christian musical group The Go Fish Guys.

New baler would provide numerous benefits to center

July 30, 2011

ST. MARYS – A new baler is at the top of Elk County Recycling Coordinator Bekki Titchner's wish list for the Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. Titchner recently submitted an application to the Stackpole Hall Foundation requesting a grant to help cover the cost of the new equipment.

July 28th

Ken VanGiesen is laid to rest

July 29, 2011

*This article is a special internet edition*

Ken VanGiesen would be proud of his Kane community for the patriotism shown Thursday during his funeral procession from Kane Area High School to his final resting place at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow.
Along the entire route, children and adults waved American flags and held signs to salute their hero, who was killed earlier this month while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Caring ‘casualty officers’ serve grieving families

July 28, 2011

*This article is part of a special online edition*

KANE – It’s been a painful and agonizing 10-period for the families of Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen and Erin Sirianni of Kane.
The Pennsylvania Army National Guard has provided “casualty officers” to serve both the family of the soldier killed in Afghanistan July 18 and the family of his longtime girlfriend. VanGiesen, who is being laid to rest today at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow, lived together with Sirianni in their own house in Mill Creek Township near Erie.

Learning center receives facelift

July 28, 2011

ST. MARYS – The West Creek Wetland Learning Center located along West Creek Road in St. Marys has undergone major improvements to its landscape making for a more enjoyable educational experience.
"We have been spending a lot of time out there this past month," said watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine.
The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the Learning Center ready for its grand opening on Sept. 28.

Transportation focal point of North Central meeting

July 28, 2011

Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Barry J. Schoch made a conference call Wednesday morning to board members at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] to discuss possibilities handed down from the governor's funding advisory commission.
The funding advisory commission was reportedly formed to study various transportation issues plaguing the state, including new ways to fund the many transportation needs of the commonwealth.

Lawrence F. Serafini

July 28, 2011

Lawrence F. Serafini, 67, of 101 N. Mill St., Ridgway, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born February 20, 1944, in Ridgway, the son of the late Benny and Mary Cantafio Serafini Sr.
He had lived most of his life in Ridgway. Larry enjoyed bowling. He had been employed at Clarion Sintered Metals for 40 years, retiring in 2006.

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