August 24th, 2011
After a meeting last month revealed that the Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program out of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] may face a $92,000 budget cut for the new fiscal year, officials expressed concern Wednesday morning after the figures had a chance to sink in.
Over the past several years, numerous proposals have been offered in the State Legislature to eliminate or significantly change the current law regarding expansion of Sunday hunting allowances. But any expansion of Sunday hunting, which now allows just fox and coyote hunting, has been soundly denounced by the members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Ernest Mattiuz, vice president of the Elk County Farm Bureau.
The well-publicized feud between University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and health insurer Highmark has many western Pennsylvania residents worrying that they may lose access to services from UPMC when a contract between the two entities expires next year, especially as many residents carry Highmark insurance.
The Variety Shoppe, a co-op store located at 10 Erie Ave. in downtown St. Marys, offers an array of products, all sold by local vendors.
The store was initially opened as The Shop on Depot in October 2010, but recently was renamed and moved to the former Smith's Sports Store building.
"We are now in a better location with a bigger place and have more traffic," said Donna Prechtl Nussbaum, store owner.
August 25 is 'National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day,' a day to consider donating some of your own lightly used or outgrown clothing, raid a relative's closet, or go browsing at your local thrift store.
For most people, the stigma previously attached to shopping at thrift stores has vanished. They have become hip places where young people go to find vintage T-Shirts, vinyl records, accessories and various knick-knacks. Two area shops are Goodwill, found in various locations in Elk County, and the ReSale Shop in St. Marys.
The Ridgway Elkers earned a 3-stroke win Tuesday over visiting Elk County Catholic at Laurel Mill Golf Course.
ECC's Elliott Struble carded a 39 for the visiting Crusaders to take medalist honors but consistent scoring by the Elkers' top five earned the win.
Ridgway junior Josh Mitchell was the low round for the home team with 42; he was followed by senior Jordan Lundin with a 43. Ridgway sophomore Mitchell Gilmore followed with a 44 while senior Aaron Sorge, in his second season with the team, and freshman T.J. Schlimm fired a pair of 45s for a team score of 219.
ST. MARYS - Many residents of Elk County felt tremors from an earthquake that originated in Virginia at about 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
A seismometer housed in the administrative building at Penn State DuBois recorded readings from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake, whose epicenter was in Mineral, Va., a small town about about 90 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
As Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) continues its efforts to provide area youth with appropriate services pertaining to suicide prevention, a recent $92,000 grant from the AJ and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust will ensure that these programs continue in the near future.
Students throughout Elk and Cameron counties' middle and high schools will benefit from the grant money, which is being utilized to fund the organization's Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS).
According to statistics gathered over the years, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths for children ages 2 through 12 in the United States; every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
The Elk County Commissioners yesterday adopted a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety Week.
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine has begun deploying data loggers into watersheds to gather baseline data for the Elk County Monitoring Project.
"At this time, five data loggers are deployed, with the sixth going in-stream [today]," Bonfardine said during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting.