January 20th, 2015
St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard on Tuesday morning questioned Elk County Commissioners on the possibility of a county tax decrease due to projected future windfalls from Act 13 impact fee funds.
The impact fee â€śspecifically provides for the imposition of an unconventional well fee by county (or alternatively municipalities compelling the imposition of an unconventional well fee),â€ť according to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.
County officials announced Tuesday morning that they will not solicit a $5 increase on car registration fees in Elk County.
Vehicle registration fees are already scheduled to increase from $36 to $38 by 2017 in accordance with the most recent state budget. From there, future increases will reportedly be tied to inflation. The state budget plan also allowed for counties to implement a $5 car registration fee.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough council held a brief workshop meeting Tuesday to discuss ongoing projects within the borough, mainly the projects to repair Harrison Avenue and the Johnsonburg Community Center.
The Johnsonburg Community Center was discussed as borough officials are trying to decide what to do with the walking track in the building, which has been cracked and closed since late 2014.
The crack was a result of water damage that occurred after a water line broke at the building, according to councilman Louis Imbrogno.
Eugene Graebner, 90, of Santa Fe, N.M., and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.
He was born Oct. 27, 1924 in Fair Oaks,, son of the late Eugene F. Graebner and Elsie Storz Graebner. He graduated from Leetsdale High School in 1942.
Mr. Graebner served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II. He was commissioned Ensign in 1945 at Midshipmanâ€™s School at Columbia University in New York City. He served in the Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, aboard LCT 1462 and LST 865.
Curwensville junior Jake Bloom hit a miracle three-pointer to send Tuesday's game to overtime.
Fortunately for Ridgway, the Elkers haven't been losing in the extra session this season.
Ridgway hung on through four extra minutes for a 41-40 overtime win over the Golden Tide Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School in an AML South matchup.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Rams had three players in double figures Tuesday night as they scored a 49-34 win over visiting Sheffield.
The Rams were led by Ryan Kilhoffer with 14 points, Zane Hodgdon with 13, and Christian Cherry with 12.
Johnsonburg head varsity boys basketball coach Bill Shuey was displeased with the win, however, citing poor shooting from the field and defensive lapses during the game.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch used a strong first half to defeat the Johnsonburg Ramettes by a 44-31 score Monday night in a non-league game played at the SMAHS Dutch Oven on Elementary Night and Pink Game Night.
St. Marys held a 14-2 lead after the first quarter and led 22-9 at the half. Each team scored 22 second half points as the Lady Dutch picked up the win.
"As a team we are definitely improving as the season goes on," said St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli.
"Michelle (Bauer) and AnnMarie (Vargas) did good jobs for us coming off the bench," added Hoohuli.
Over 20 residents of Ridgway Borough attended Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting to discuss the discontinued curbside recycling program that the council voted to cut starting on Jan. 1.
Some citizens argued that borough officials did not explore all options when they decided to ax the program.
The National Rifle Association announced last week that it is suing Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Lancaster, claiming that these municipalities are in violation of a 1974 state law prohibiting cities from setting gun policies more strict than those enforced at the state government level.
"With regard to municipal gun ordinances in Pennsylvania, the facts are clear," state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) said. "State law has always prohibited individual municipalities from regulating firearms."
With an excavator and the Ridgway Borough street crew on site, a house located at 241 Monterey Ave. was scheduled to be demolished until the property owner delayed the demolition by tearing the house down by hand.
The house, located on property owned by Domingos Pena of Johnsonburg, was set to be demolished as part of the Ridgway Borough's code enforcement, but the borough couldn't remove Pena and a second individual from the house so that they could demolish the home.