BENEZETTE â€“Â With Christmas less than two weeks away, holiday cheer is evident throughout the community, and at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. The center has had its Christmas tree on display since late November and is once again looking for ornaments to decorate it.
According to Carla Wehler, Elk Country Visitor Center Operations Manager, the tree is bigger than last year's and was selected by staff members Brandi Hanes, Jean Germer, and Scott Rhodes.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Borough employees in Johnsonburg can now retire at the age of 58 after council members unanimously approved the plan during their regular meeting.
According to council member Ronald King, the additional cost per year of $2,300 is to be absorbed out of the employee's retirement plan.
The retirement plan is to become effective Jan. 1, 2015.
In other business, council voted in favor of putting secured properties throughout the community up for sale to adjacent landowners first.
Lawrence J. "Skinny" Wolfe, 90, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, and formerly of 407 Blaine Ave., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 following a lengthy illness.
He was born on April 11, 1921 in Johnsonburg, son of the late John and Susan Ruben Wolfe.
He married Christine Amacher on July 4, 1942 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg. She survives.
Ridgway girls basketball lost 54-9 to Port Allegany Thursday night at Ridgway Area High School.
The Lady Gators led throughout in the victory. Port Allegany led 11-0 in the first 4:30 of the game before Kiki Woodford had a 2-point field goal to break the Ridgway drought. Jenni Thomas had a 2-pointer with 1:15 left in the first quarter as Port Allegany took a 20-4 lead into the second quarter.
Thomas contributed with another jumper just over a minute into the second quarter and Taylor Roseto made a free throw. The Lady Gators led 32-6 at the half.
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle saw the needs of the team after his first season in 2011.
This off-season he and ownership are addressing them.
Hurdle spoke about the Pirates off-season as he and starting pitcher James McDonald, relief pitcher Daniel McCutchen and broadcaster John Wehner stopped at WDDH 97.5 The Hound with Dennis D. Heindl and Rose Heindl as a part of the Pirates Caravan on Wednesday.
One game of the 2011 season sticks out to Pittsburgh Pirates fans.
The Pirates lost 4-3 to the Atlanta Braves in a game which started on July 26 and didnâ€™t end until the early morning hours of July 27 when a missed call at home plate allowed the winning run to score for the Braves.
MLB later acknowledged the call was missed by home plate umpire Jerry Meals.
Daniel McCutchen ended up being the losing pitcher that night but only after he pitched 5 1-3 innings and allowed just that one run at the end of the game. He said the atmosphere itself was a fun one.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team raised their record to 2-0 on the young season as they won their home opener last night over the Johnsonburg Ramettes by a 52-39 score.
After Elk Catholic took a 17-8 first-period lead, the Ramettes battled back in the second quarter to take a slim 24-23 lead at the half.
The second half found Elk Catholic outscoring Johnsonburg 29-15 to win the game.
Curtains will open at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday for the St. Leo Catholic School students' performance of â€śTouch of An Angelâ€ť in the brand new Social Hall.
Third-grade teacher and director Joey Kepple said the students are getting very excited for the big night and have been working hard.
â€śThey pulled it together better [Wednesday] than I expected them to,â€ť Kepple said. â€śThey are right on target every year. I always fret and think this is going to be the year that this is going to flop, but I think not now.â€ť
BROCKPORT â€“ Residents in Horton Township will not see an increase in taxes after the board of supervisors adopted the 2012 budget during their regular meeting Wednesday night.
Supervisors unanimously approved a budget of $286,435 that will keep taxes the same.
A budget meeting was held Nov. 23.
In other business, officials are looking to address FEMA's [Federal Emergency Management Agency] Plan B floodplain ordinance.
Supervisor Dennis Thompson said he attended a meeting in Fox Township to meet with other municipalities to discuss the ordinance.
WEEDVILLE â€“ On the morning of Oct. 26, it was discovered that the Gardner Hill Community Church had been vandalized overnight. During that incident, a table and stereo were taken and a dead deer was left inside the church. The incident was subsequently investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Game Commission and charges were filed against five individuals through District Judge Wilhelm's office on Dec. 12.