Archive - 2014 - News Article
BENEZETTE â€“Â Just over a month ago, Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 2169 into law. The bill, in part, created a special conservation license that could be chanced off annually to raise funds to benefit conservation and education efforts in Pennsylvania's Elk Country. Working together, in a span of roughly four weeks the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) and Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) were able to raise over $150,000 selling tickets for the first ever Pa. Elk Tag Raffle.
BENEZETTE â€“Â It was a beautiful weekend in Benezette for the 2014 Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo, which was held at the Elk Country Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday.
"We really couldn't have asked for better weather today," Elk Country Visitor Center Operations Manager Carla Wehler said on Saturday afternoon. "It wasn't too hot, wasn't too cold, and there was no rain. It was just a beautiful day and was a little bit overcast. We're pretty excited."
BENEZETTE â€“Â Of the 108 elk licenses awarded by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) during their annual elk license drawing, threeâ€“all for antlerless elkâ€“went to residents of St. Marys. This year's drawing was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in conjunction with the Pa. Great Outdoors Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. It was the first time since 2008 that the elk license drawing has been held during the Elk Expo.
The Kane School Board has approved several personnel appointments for the coming school year that begins Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Appointments approved at a meeting Thursday include:
*Nicholas Byron, a Chicago native who now lives in Ludlow, has been named as a new vocational-agricultural teacher. He replaces Brian Lawson, who resigned two years ago. Roger Gausman served as a long-term substitute for the position last year.
During this year's Pa. Great Outdoors Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, official event merchandise will be available, including the 2014 elk expo patch. Each year a different four-inch embroidered patch has been made to commemorate the expo, and individuals have had the opportunity to submit their photos of Pennsylvania elk in hopes of having one chosen to be featured on the annual collector's item.
The Kane School Board will be seeking outside assistance as it moves forward in its search for a new school district superintendent.
Acting at a meeting Thursday, the board voted 8-1 to solicit the help of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) in its search.
Board President Claire Ann Depto joined with board members Dick Coleman, Tom Kerek, Krista Jamerson, Susan Grolemund, Gary Ziegler, Keith Hastings and Linda A. Anderson in approving a search agreement with the PSBA.
The cost is $10,900.Â
Tom Kerek has only been on the Kane School Board for three months, but he's showing that he's not afraid to stick his head in a sticky controversy.
Kerek last month approached Gov. Tom Corbett and asked: "Where's the money the state owes the Kane School District?"
Speaking Thursday at a school board meeting, Kerek said he attended a public forum in Ridgway that featured Corbett.
When the public was invited to speak to the governor one-on-one, Kerek was there with his question.
HORTON TWP. â€“ A 31-year-old Brockway man opened fire around midnight Thursday outside a Brockport bar before turning the gun on himself.
According to the police report, Eric Carlson, 31, of Brockway became upset with a 20-year-old female bartender at the Brockport Army & Navy Club when she attempted to close the bar. An argument reportedly started between the bartender and Carlson.
The bartender, whose name has not yet been released, attempted to get Carlson to leave the bar, and while he was standing near the open doorway, Carlson reportedly shot the bartender multiple times with a pistol.
Kane area residents always have generously responded to calls to donate items that will be sent to local soldiers deployed overseas.
Another plea is being made.
A "Troop Support Drop-off" is set from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at 95 Wetmore Ave. in Kane.
Persons do not even need to leave their vehicles as they pull up Saturday to drop off items at the VFW. Volunteers will be out front to collect items and donations.
Drilling companies no longer are banging on the door to buy Kane sewage effluentâ€”the discharge from the Kinzua sewage treatment plant.
The Kane Borough Sewer Authority obtained a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to sell the effluent to companies drilling Marcellus Shale natural gas wells in the area.
However, the authority first must spend about $400,000 to revamp the plant to load the effluent onto water trucks, according to Phil Lingenfelter, sewage treatment plant operator in Kane.