Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
The Elk County Commissioners voted Tuesday to send a letter of intent to the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] officials expressing their interest in buying the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC].
"As commissioners are aware and as the press has reported, the county [officials] has been in discussion with North Central [officials] regarding the purchase of ITEC," said county solicitor Tom Wagner during a short board meeting Tuesday morning. "We've reached a point in our discussions now where we want to move forward.
For the first time in 372 years, the winter season got underway in unique fashion with a total lunar eclipse.
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year and this year, winter officially got underway at 6:38 p.m.
The last time a lunar eclipse corresponded with the winter solstice was Dec. 21, 1638. At that time, what is now the United States was only a series of young colonies under British control and William Penn had not even crossed the Atlantic to begin the settlement of what is now Pennsylvania.
Dressed in festive colors of red, green and white, first grade students at South St. Marys Street Elementary sang and danced their way through their class musical, "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane," presented on Tuesday afternoon.
The 20-minute musical centered around Candy Cane Lane, which was abuzz with festive holiday preparation. Amidst the candy canes, lights, wreaths and evergreen Christmas trees, trouble was brewing as the candy canes debated over which was the best color for them, red or green.
Members of city council approved entering into a right-of-way agreement on Monday evening with Kaul Land Company. Through the agreement, the city will allow Kaul Land Company to cross city-owned land to access property near the St. Marys Airport while, in turn, Kaul Land Company will give, by deed of dedication, a section of property comprising part of Environmental Drive to the city.
According to Mark Jacob, city solicitor, the city and Kaul Land Company have been holding ongoing discussions about the matter for over three years.
With Christmas right around the corner, patrons have been steadily visiting Dostal's Curiosity Shop, a longtime St. Marys business, which features a unique array of both international and local speciality items not found in typical toy or hobby stores. From Russian nesting dolls to Bavarian and German toys to an array of Nativity scenes from around the world, the shop offers items which pique the interest of both children and adults.
The Jay Township Supervisors plan to undertake a paving project within the township in the near future, and at their recent meeting approved securing a loan for the project from Northwest Savings Bank.
The supervisors originally discussed the project during their November meeting, at which time they approved advertising for bids for a $150,000 loan.
According to Debbie Leonard, township secretary, bids were received from two area banks, Northwest Savings Bank and First Commonwealth Bank.
Early morning sky watchers have a chance to observe a total lunar eclipse Tuesday morning depending on the amount of cloud cover over the area.
The eclipse is set to begin at 1:33 a.m., according to NASA's website, with totality taking place at 2:41 a.m. The moon will be covered by Earth's shadow for a period of 72 minutes and the entire event is expected to last around three and a half hours.
Patients in Elk, Cameron and McKean counties who often travel to DuBois Regional Medical Center for certain healthcare services will now have a more convenient option with the opening of the St. Marys Community Medical Building. Recently, DRMC formally announced that it will construct a 22,500 square-foot medical facility between CNB Bank and Wal-Mart on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township.
State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) held a Christmas open house at his district office in St. Marys on Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.
Attendees not only had the opportunity to speak to Gabler about various issues, but they also had the chance to learn about some of the services his office offers to area residents. Gabler noted that people come to the office for a wide range of reasons, including questions they have relating to state government or other government agencies.
SMETHPORT â€“ A plea agreement finalized Thursday is expected to send killer Thomas Paul Haggie, 31, to state prison for the remainder of his life.
Haggie admitted in McKean County Court that he choked and stabbed Megan Konopka, 21, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the murder, on Sept. 12, 2009 at the Riddell House in Bradford. Her body was discovered in Haggie's room in the building.