February 8th, 2012
State Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk, said creating jobs, particularly in rural areas like his legislative district, and ensuring fiscal responsibility in state spending are top priorities for 2012.
A lengthy process came to fruition Tuesday as the Elk County Commissioners approved an energy-saving initiative that could save county officials and taxpayers over $500,000 in the next 20 years.
"Bekki Titchner and I have been developing a plan to make the county buildings as energy-efficient as possible," said Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator for the county's planning department. "In doing so, we have hired a company called FIT Optimized Solutions to do an energy audit to tell us what the best solutions are for us to make our buildings more energy-efficient.
Members of City Council unanimously approved the creation of a new management position at the city's wastewater treatment plant.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, the city created the position of assistant plant supervisor, a position which has remained unfilled since 2002.
Elizabeth J. "Betty" Dietz, 86, of 106 Linwood Ave., St. Marys, died on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at DuBois Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
She was born Nov. 15, 1925 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Edward and Lillian Davis Cheatle.
On June 14, 1947 in St. Mark's Church in Emporium, she married James H. Dietz, who survives.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball team was handed a 52-42 loss by the Brookville Raiders on Tuesday evening in a game played at ECCHS.
The Crusaders held a 7-4 lead after the first quarter. Brookville took over in the second quarter, outscoring ECC 15-6 to take a 19-13 lead at the half. The Crusaders closed the advantage slightly in the third quarter, outscoring the Raiders 18-15 to make the score 34-31 headed into the final period of play before Brookville put the game away with a strong fourth quarter.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch suffered their third straight setback last night as the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks held off the Lady Dutch for a 42-36 District 9 League victory.
The Lady Chucks were able to lead by seven points at the end of the first period, 11 at halftime and six at the end of the third quarter.
St. Marys was able to come back to knot the game at 36 with 4:18 left but could not come up with the offense.
â€śWe didnâ€™t play well defensively tonight,â€ť said St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli. â€śWe didnâ€™t come to play four quarters. The girls just didnâ€™t seem to be focused tonight.â€ť
Milton A. (Joe) Leonard, 101, of Apple Street, Weedville, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at the Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.Â
He was born Jan. 31, 1911 in LeContes Mills, Pa., the son of the late James O. and Fannie (Krise) Leonard.
On Nov. 17, 1935, he married Loletha (Kunes) Leonard. She preceded him in death July 6, 1997.Â
Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a resolution Tuesday proclaiming their opposition to two controversial sections of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.
Officials said Tuesday that the sections in question, Sections 1021 and 1022, "as proposed, in limited circumstances," allows an American citizen to be "detained by our own United States government and by our Armed Forces" and detention "could last without trial until the end of the hostilities currently authorized by the authorization for use of military force."
In a 2-1 vote, the Fox Township Supervisors approved a five-year agreement with Elco Sintered Alloys Co. Inc. to construct a parking lot on their property to support the Sinterfire soccer field, located in the Fox Twp. Industrial Park.
"I can't see spending money on land we don't own," said Supervisor Dave Mattiuz, who cast the opposing vote. "Why can't we spend that money and put in more fields at the park?"
State Sen. President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway, recently shared some of his legislative priorities for 2012.
"My legislative priorities fall on many different fronts," Scarnati said. "Currently, it is vital that we find the appropriate impact fee on Marcellus Shale drillers to ensure we are not only protecting our communities, but improving our economy as well.