Archive - Oct 2010 - News Article
JoAnne Smith, Elk County Humane Society Police Officer, addressed the Jay Township Supervisors on Thursday evening about the stray and feral cat problem within the township.
"It's not unique to Jay Township," Smith said. "It is not unique to Elk County. It is not unique to Pennsylvania. It is a nationwide problem. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are 60 million stray and feral cats in the United States."
Smith explained that the large number of stray and feral cats has become a big problem.
Decker's Chapel, believed to be one of the smallest churches in the world, is getting spruced up by members of the Elk County Historical Society (ECHS).
The chapel dates back to 1856, when it was built by Michael Decker Sr., a St. Marys pioneer.
The ECHS, which was organized in 1964, obtained Decker's Chapel on April 20, 1990 from Decker's descendants, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Schneider. In 1998, ECHS's application to put the chapel on the National Register of Historic Places was approved.
The â€śGive What You Canâ€ť Campaign for the Hutton Family Relief Fund will conclude on Friday night at the Homecoming football game between SMAHS and Union. The game will be held at Dutch Country Stadium at 7 p.m.Â A collection bucket will be set up just inside the main entrance and patrons will be able to make a donation in any amount.Â
Living with a disability can often strengthen a person, give them a more positive outlook on life and allow them to inspire others to reach their maximum potential. Those ideas are key components of an upcoming presentation, "Who I Am: Discovering the VALUE in disABILITY," that will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 in the St. Marys Catholic Elementary School gymnasium.
Pink feathers were flying during Thursday eveningâ€™s Boa Mania, a fundraiser benefiting Elk Regional Medical Centerâ€™s Womenâ€™s Health Department.
Starr Hill Winery in downtown St. Marys hosted the all-pink event, which featured pink boas, beads, flowers, balloons, bows, shirts and beverages.
Organizers Betsy Herbstritt and Barb Schatz said between 70-80 people attended the free event, which was open to the general public.
After several months of debate, the Jay Township Supervisors voted to approve the purchase of a time clock for township employees during their monthly meeting on Thursday evening.
Jay Township resident and former supervisor Bob Coppolo inquired whether the supervisors had given any thought to a policy for the time clock, including what employees would be required to punch in every day.
Supervisor Francis Gustafson responded that all employees, including the township's secretary, would be required to utilize the time clock.
After 110 years of service to St. Marys and the surrounding communities, the Crystal Fire Department is still going strong. The department is owned by the City of St. Marys, but is staffed by volunteers. The 92 men and women currently with the department take care of all fire, rescue and related emergencies for the citizens of St. Marys and outlying areas.
Representatives of C/G Electrodes, LLC recently came before members of St. Marys City Council concerning applications to subdivide two parcels from C/G's property for use as potential Marcellus Shale drilling sites.
Council members voted unanimously to approve each of the subdivision requests.
Wilson Fisher Jr. of Hess & Fisher Engineers, Inc. of Clearfield addressed council members regarding C/G's plans for the site. He explained that the company was requesting two separate lots be subdivided off of the company's main 150-acre property.
Efforts to redefine the geographic boundaries of city shade trees hit a setback earlier this week when a motion to publish an ordinance that would change part of the city code failed to gain support from enough members of St. Marys City Council. The motion to publish Ordinance 264 was rejected by a 4-3 vote.
Local, county and state officials recently gathered at the Gilbert Farm Homestead in Benezette, Elk County for the dedication of State Game Lands 311. The mine reclamation project restored over 48 acres in the Dents Run Watershed, which encompasses just over 25 square miles in Benezette Township.
The project entailed the cooperation of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (BAMR), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).