September 5th, 2011
BENEZETTE â€“Â Youth visiting the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette now have one more special "elk" to look forward to seeing. On Saturday afternoon, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) officially unveiled "Benny," the mascot/ambassador for its new youth conservation education program.
"Benny is our youth program ambassador," said Elk Country Visitor Center operations manager Carla Wehler. "He will be the ambassador for our youth membership, our conservation program, things like that."
On Monday, the 59th annual Bennetts Valley Labor Day celebration contended with a constant rain, but event planners and attendees made the best of it.
Carl Smith of the Jay Township Fire Department, who has volunteered at the event for the last 40 years, said that while attendance was down Monday, Sunday saw record attendance.
"I think it's the weather today that's keeping people away. Yesterday we sold 107 armbands, we've never sold that many before," Smith said.
Elda M. Romanic, 78, of Bennetts Valley Highway, Byrnedale, died Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Nelsonâ€™s Golden Years of DuBois, following a lengthy illness.
She was born December 20, 1932 in Coal Hollow, daughter of the late Renaldo and Angelina (Bianchi) Gornati.
She married Andrew Romanic Jr., who died in 2000.
She lived most of her life in Byrnedale, was a graduate of Kersey High School and was a housewife.
For the second year in a row, the Elk County Catholic Crusaders football team started off their season with a victory over the Cameron County Red Raiders, this time picking up a 19-6 victory. Both teams had plenty of extra time to consider their strategies during Saturday eveningâ€™s match-up at Dutch Country Stadium in St. Marys, as the game was delayed for an hour and 15 minutes during the second quarter due to visible lightning from a storm to the north of the county.
The St. Marys Area cross country teams opened their seasons on Saturday by competing in the Big Valley Invitational held at Reedsville.
The Dutchmen took fifth place with a total of 176 points. State College won the team title with 45 points, followed by Mifflin County 66, Altoona Area 78, Bellefonte 167 and St. Marys. There were a total of 12 teams represented in the boysâ€™ AAA race.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team opened the 2011 season with a 34-28 victory over the Brookville Raiders Friday night at Dutch Country Stadium before a good-sized crowd.
â€śThat was a good football game. It was well-played by both squads,â€ť said Dutch coach Joe Schlimm. â€śI thought we played gutsy and played with emotion and heart.â€ť
â€śDuring our second possession of the second half, we began to win the battle at the line of scrimmage,â€ť he said.
Three goals in a span of three minutes and 56 seconds of the second half helped lift the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders varsity soccer team to a 4-0 season-opening victory Friday afternoon over the visiting DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals.
The two teams played evenly in the scoreless first half. ECC held a slim 6-4 edge in shots at intermission, and only a couple of difficult saves by freshman Lady Crusaders goalkeeper Hanna Onink kept the Lady Cardinals off the scoreboard.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader boys' soccer team opened their season with a win at home on Friday evening, blanking the DuBois Central Catholic Cardinals 1-0 in a match played under the lights at the Angela Huey Memorial Field in Kersey.
"We're happy to open the season with a win," said ECC head coach Adam Bailey. "I think we have a lot of work to do. I'd say, given the play and the way we performed, I think there's a lot of things we can refine.
The words 'fiscal restraint' were repeated often by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) at a town hall meeting held at the Red Fern in Fox Township Friday afternoon.
Toomey, on a tour through Elk and several neighboring counties, held the town hall meeting to address the federal debt, jobs and the economy.
The meeting did not focus as much on the local economy and jobs as it did on federal government spending and fiscal policies, with Toomey answering numerous questions from the audience of about 70 people and emphasizing a fiscal diet for the U.S. government throughout the event.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the West Creek Wetland Learning Center ready for its grand opening.
The grand opening is set for Wednesday, Sept. 28, which is also Elk County Conservation District Day.
"The majority of the landscaping of the rain and flower garden is complete for the year, except for minor details that will be completed before the grand opening," said watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine.