October 24th, 2011
The Elk County Conservation District approved the proposed 2012 budget during Monday night's regular meeting.
District officials budgeted $190,897 for the 2012 fiscal year with a three-percent raise for employees.
An executive session was held prior to the meeting to discuss the budget.
"We went over some numbers and I think we came up with a fairly well-balanced budget," Braun said.
Braun said the decision for the three-percent wage increase was based off of what county officials were doing.
Edward A. "Sonny" Seelye Jr., 79, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, and formerly of 1044 S. Michael Road, died on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
He was born August 4, 1932 in St. Marys, a son of the late Edward and Mary Ann Caskey Seelye.
Ruthanne Glatt Herzing, a St. Marys native who moved to Harrisburg in 1996, has created a Facebook page called "If you grew up in St. Marys, Pa., you remember..." The page is intended to offer other area natives a chance to share their memories, experiences and reconnect people not only with each other, but also with their childhood memories.
Herzing started the page after being introduced to the idea by friends of hers who were fans of their own hometown pages. She decided to create a page catering to both former and current residents of St. Marys and Elk County.
A complaint initiated by a resident regarding a neighbor's outdoor furnace was the impetus for disagreement between residents and supervisors, as well as a heated debate, which ensued at Thursday night's meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors.
Resident Sid Delansky said that constant emissions from his neighbor Howie Barnett's chimney are a nuisance and have exacerbated his pre-existing health issues.
Fox Township Supervisors answered visitors' inquiries and addressed business items at their most recent meeting.
Rose Ranno was one of the visitors in attendance at the meeting. Last month she expressed concern about vehicles speeding along a portion of SR 948 near her home located near Main Street in Kersey, as well as about how alleyways are classified within the township.
Ranno suggested the speed limit be lowered, as it is currently posted as 35 miles per hour in that area on SR 948.
Dickinson Center, Inc. [DCI], formerly Dickinson Mental Health Center, held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for their new facility along Servidea Drive atop Boot Jack Hill.
The new facility will consolidate 10 distinct site- and community-based programs into a 28,200-square-foot facility and will house approximately 100 full- and part-time employees.
Helpings Hands of St. Marys will again partner with Wreaths Across America and area organizations to honor deceased veterans by placing wreaths on
their graves during the holiday season, but this year, there are a few changes to the program that area residents should be aware of.
Now in its fourth year locally, the program allows area residents to purchase wreaths to place on the graves of loved ones and even strangers in local cemeteries who
have served their country. Dolly Wehler of Helping Hands said due to some mix-ups in the past, this year only the wreaths ordered for
Sergeant Philip G. Hoh officially retired from the City of St. Marys Police Department on Sept. 1, 2011, marking 27 years of distinguished service to the citizens of St. Marys. In addition, Hoh had worked for five years in another police department.
Hoh was honored for his years of service during the St. Marys City Council meeting on Oct. 17, when he was presented a plaque by St. Marys Police Chief Todd Caltagarone and received a retirement police badge, as well as a Pa. Senate citation from state Sen. Joe Scarnati.
The Elk County Humane Society is looking for a permanent home for a 7-year-old horse named Smokey. The Humane Society was awarded custody of three horses, including Smokey, in December 2009 following a cruelty case in Elk County. Having already placed the other two, Smokey is the last of the three remaining at a foster farm.
Smokey is a 7-year-old male gelding. He is a Haflinger cross-breed that stands 15 hands high, meaning it is 60 inches, or five feet, to the top of his back. He has a palomino golden coloring with a flaxen tail.
St. Marys Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coordinator Tina Gradizzi explained three projects during Monday's city council meeting, including the demolition of a city building and grant submissions for the D.A.R.E. program and Elk Creek Park to the Stackpole Hall Foundation.
At the meeting, council approved a bid for the demolition of the former Howell Building located on the corner of North St. Marys and Center streets. A total of five bid packages were picked up, with two official bids received.