January 19th, 2015
St. Marys City Council received input on several items during their Monday evening meeting. Among them were the initial results of the smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines conducted over the summer and an update of the draft of the city's oil and gas ordinance.
St. Marys GIS Coordinator Travis Skrzype reported a total of 668 sources of inflow and infiltration were identified, 399 of which were private sources such as roof drains and yard drains.
The remaining 269 sources are on public property and include catch basins, cleanouts, and other collection system issues.
St. Marys City Police Chief Todd Caltagarone introduced the city's newest police officer, Andrew Nero, during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting.
Nero joined the city police department full-time in Jan. 12.
Born and raised in St. Marys, Nero is a graduate of St. Marys Area High School.
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."
RIDGWAY â€“ 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.
Yvonne B. Oertly, 81, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 133 Hayes Rd., Kersey, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 10, 1934 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Walfred and Henrietta Yarick Holmquist. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, Class of 1951.
On Jan. 17, 1953 in the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church, she married Clifford R. Oertly, who survives.
Pro Football Weekend Recap
Seattle (14-4) 28 vs
Green Bay (13-5) 22
Over the past few years, the stray cat population in Elk County has reached unprecedented numbers and has become a growing problem for the community, just as it is across the country. The Elk County Humane Society (ECHS) has been at the forefront of this issue.
The School Performance Profile (SPP) scores were recently released for public schools across the state.
The SPP acts as a report card from the Pa. Department of Education. The profiles are based off the results of each public school's Pa. System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests and Keystone Exams, a state required year-end exam.
The purpose of the profile is to measure annual student academic growth, graduation rates, attendance, achievement in underperforming students, participation in Advanced Placement courses, SAT and ACT scores and other factors.
James M. Hoyt, 73, of 39738 State St. in Ridgway, died Saturday morning, Jan. 17, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born July 30, 1941 in Jamestown, N.Y., son of the late John J. and Margaret (Taraska) Hoyt Sekelsky.
He married Beverly J. Pontious on June 19, 1965.
He had resided in Ridgway for the last 50 years, and he was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church and a past K of C member.
Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, playing cards and polka music.
He had served in the U.S. Navy, and he was a peacetime veteran.
Adda R. Lundy, 102, of Caledonia, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 11, 1912 in Caledonia, daughter of the late Charles and Ida (Hewitt) Tyler.
On Nov. 5, 1928, she married Leo T. Lundy who preceded her in death Dec. 13, 1997.
She worked at Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital for many years in the housekeeping department.
She was a member of the Caledonia Methodist Church, Bennetts Valley Senior Center and the Bennetts Valley Legion Auxiliary.
She lived all her life in Caledonia.