November 17th, 2011
Following the recent allegations that former Penn State assistant football coach Gerald A. â€śJerryâ€ť Sandusky allegedly sexually abused at least eight young boys over a 15-year period, one statement has been repeated frequently: The focus should remain on helping the victims of this alleged abuse.
The debacle has left people wondering many things, not the least of which is: If something like this could happen at a large institution like Penn State and stay under the radar, how many other places could it be happening and go unnoticed?
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] responded to a site along Silver Creek, half of a mile from the reservoir Thursday morning, 48 hours after the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company reportedly leaked a large amount of bentonite into the stream, quickly making its way into the reservoir.
DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday reported an increased amount of sediment in the reservoir and a temporary spike in the turbidity following the incident.
Sunday said there was not an impact on the quality of the drinking water.
St. Marys Area High School (SMAHS) students are making Thanksgiving meals possible for 45 area families this year through their recent collection of items to donate to the St. Marys Christian Food Bank.
SMAHS Principal Josh Williams explained the event came about when students approached school personnel about conducting a food drive.
Teacher Julie Bish introduced the concept of personalizing the donation by inquiring with the food bank as to what food items would be needed to create a complete Thanksgiving dinner for a family.
While Elk County may have weathered the housing crisis better than other parts of the country, some local realtors say the area is experiencing an emerging nationwide trend which has seen foreclosure rates climbing steeply, in the double digits, in just a matter of months.
According to Fitch, a global rating agency, national foreclosure rates have jumped 14 percent between the second and third quarter of 2011.
Members of Webelos Pack 95 scout troop are hard at work trying to obtain all 20 activity badges available through the Webelos program. The group's 10 members, all of whom are between the ages of 10-11 years old, came a step closer to this goal on Tuesday evening as they visited The Daily Press office to learn how the paper puts together news stories as part of the requirement for their Communicator activity badge.
A multiyear effort to inventory local roads and bridges dominated dialogue Wednesday morning during a North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] meeting as the board of directors linked the issue with Senate Bill 1100 (drilling impact fee).
All locally-owned roads and bridges under 20 feet are being inventoried, according to Amy Kessler, director of the Community Development and Regional Planning department at North Central.
ST. MARYS - Preparations for the 17th free annual St. Marys Christmas Day Dinner are under way.
The dinner will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 25 in Asbury Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 140 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys. Open to all residents of St. Marys, Fox Township and Jay Township, the dinner is held to allow community residents to spend time together. All are welcome, regardless of age, financial status, and religious denomination, according to Alice Wiesner, one of the event organizers.
The Elk County Community Foundation [ECCF] distributed nearly $20,000 in grant monies to five non-profit organizations Wednesday night at Elkwood Arts at 324 Allenhurst Ave., in Ridgway.
ECCF brought together non-profit organizations that serve the residents of Ridgway who were chosen to receive a grant from the Borough of Ridgway Charitable Fund.
A memorial service for Kenneth W. Parks, 97, who died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg. There will be a James W. Brown Lodge #675 F&AM service and military honors accorded by the Johnsonburg-Wilcox Servicemen's Detail following the memorial service.
It was mistakenly reported in another publication that the service had taken place on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Richard Thomas Sorg, 58, of 221 Beacon Road, St. Marys, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at the Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born Nov. 5, 1953 in St. Marys, son of the late Thomas B. Sorg and Geraldine Rupprecht Sorg, who survives, of St. Marys. On Feb. 12, 1977, in the Queen of the World Church, he married Tina Mertz, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1971. For 32 years, he was employed by Lewis and Hockenberry. He also owned Richard T. Sorg Logging for 32 years.