March 27th, 2015
HAZEL HURST â€“ A project that began well over a decade ago finally is seeing results.
The first connections have been made this week in the new Lantz Corners Sewer District in the western half of Hamlin Township.
Pumps carry sewage in the district to the Mt. Jewett sewage treatment plant off Kushequa Avenue.
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) years ago ordered the township to address a sewage problem in the Lantz Corners area after tests found numerous failing septic tanks.
RIDGWAY â€“ Nicholas Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, took the stand in his own defense Friday in the third day of his trial for the 2013 homicide of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
Martin, who has showed little emotion or reaction throughout the trial, offered a spontaneous apology to Forsyth's mother.
"I can't tell you how deeply sorry I am for that," he said from the witness stand. "The only person who loved her as much as I did, if not 10 times more, is her mom. That's the only person I owe an apology to. I can't bring Alyssa back and apologize to her."
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HAZEL HURST â€“ Brett Morgan is leaving his job as the state-certified operator of the Mt. Jewett Water Department to become the new road crew chief/sewage treatment plant operator for Hamlin Township.
Hamlin Supervisors Jim Trussell and Dave Okerlund approved Morgan's appointment at a special meeting Thursday at the township building in Hazel Hurst.
Supervisor Joni Britton did not attend the meeting.
RIDGWAY â€“ The victim's mother took the witness stand Thursday in the continuing murder trial of Nicholas Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, who is charged in the 2013 stabbing death of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
Susan Trumbull described her daughter as a beautiful, fun-loving girl who loved her nieces and nephews and her cat. She also acknowledged that Forsyth had an ongoing struggle with drug abuse and a troubled relationship with Martin.
The remote monitoring of personal medical conditions is on the horizon.
"It won't be long before we all get monitored remotely," Dr. Timothy Trageser said Wednesday. "I don't think it's that far away."
Trageser, a cardiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)-- Hamot Medical Center in Erie, was a featured speaker at the annual Kane Community Hospital Heart Forum at the large meeting room at St. Callistus Catholic Church in Kane.
Trageser sees heart patients at a clinic at the Kane Community Hospital (KCH), which is part of UPMC-Hamot.
MT. JEWETT â€“ Will another steam-powered tourist train run from Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge State Park?
This idea surfaced Wednesday at a 90-minute meeting of a group planning to develop and maintain a trail from Mt. Jewett to the park.
Brian Sees, a Kushequa contractor, said he would consider "buying a steam engine" for a tourist train if the railroad tracks remain in place.
He believes "we ought to keep the tracks" for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad rather than pull them up to create a trail.
RIDGWAY â€“ During opening remarks Wednesday morning in Nicholas Martin's murder trial, defense attorney Michael S. Marshall told the jury that the defense doesn't dispute that Martin killed Alyssa Forsyth.
"I'll start out by letting you know that you're not going to have to decide whether Nick killed Alyssa Forsyth," he said. "He did kill her."
Marshall explained that he believes the evidence will show that Martin, who is charged in the March 2013 stabbing death of Forsyth, is guilty of third-degree murder (voluntary manslaughter), not first-degree murder.
JAMES CITY â€“ Seneca Resources last month initiated a federal lawsuit against Highland Township over Seneca's proposed injection well.
Seneca now is seeking a "preliminary injunction" to prevent the township from stopping the injection well plan-- the conversion of a natural gas well into an underground disposal site for drilling wastes.
In a motion, Seneca is asking the federal court in Erie to issue an order to "immediately" block the township from "directly or indirectly interfering with Seneca's operations in conjunction with its planned" injection well.