November 7th, 2013
QUEHANNA âÂ Standing in the parking lot at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's elk check station in Quehanna on Monday afternoon, the words on Muncy resident Jeff Trought's Duck Dynasty-themed T-shirt perfectly described how he was feeling: "Happy, happy, happy."
Hunting in Elk Hunt Zone 4, the majority of which is located in Cameron County, and guided by Cody Ball of Hicks Run Outfitters, Trought had harvested an impressive looking 8x8 bull elk earlier that morning.
SMETHPORT â There were tense moments Wednesday morning after a call to the 911 center reported a bomb had been planted in the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport.
In a fitting tribute honoring fallen firefighter Blaine E. "Skeeter" Wildnauer, Jr., of Kersey, a solemn procession was held Wednesday morning which included dozens of fire departments from four counties.
Wildnauer, 58, died Saturday morning in the line of duty while responding to a traffic crash on the Old Kersey Road. A lifelong resident of the area, Wildnauer dedicated 40 years of service to the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Kaneâs First United Methodist Church will host their annual Tribute to Veterans on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.
Sundayâs program is entitled, âOur Heroes and the Pride of Americaâ and will have an added focus on veterans from the Korean Conflict. According to long-time event coordinator Colleen Lundeen, the tribute will honor all veterans, families of current servicemen and women and the families of those who have lost their lives while in the service of our country.
QUEHANNA âÂ The 86 individuals drawn for elk licenses in this year's drawing represented only a small fraction of the 22,331 hunters who applied. Additionally, many of those individuals had been applying for years and had accrued a number of preference points, resulting in 116,734 entries being in this year's drawing.
Given those numbers the odds of a first-time applicant being selected, much less for one of the 26 available bull tags, seemed to be slim, but that is exactly what happened for Catawissa resident William Gifford.
Janice M. Molella, 80, of Cushing Avenue, Johnsonburg, died late Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at UPMC Hamot of Erie after a short illness.
She was born April 15, 1933 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Herman and Helen (Koppitch) Grabofski.
A graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, Class of 1951, she had been employed as an LPN at the hospital in St. Marys for 40 years.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and lived all her life in Johnsonburg.
Three write-in candidates apparently have won election to seats on the Kane School Board.
According to unofficial results from the election Tuesday, it appears Claire Ann Depto, Susan Grolemund and Linda A. Anderson all have won as write-in candidates. John Ball, who was endorsed by the three write-ins, also won a fourth seat on the board.
The Wetmore Township Board of Supervisors again will hold the line on taxes.
MT. JEWETT â Four incumbents on the Mt. Jewett Borough Council won re-election Tuesday, according to final, but unofficial results.
Newcomer Gary Schul won election Tuesday to a seat on the Kane Borough Council along with two incumbents-- Dennis Drost and John Gentilman.
Schul, who won both the Republican and Democratic nominations in the primary, led voting Tuesday with 648 votes. Gentilman, a Democrat, was next with 484. Drost, also a Democrat, received 447.