Archive - 2010 - News Article
This year over 70,000 Pennsylvania residents will learn they have cancer. For many of those residents, however, getting to the treatment they need may be a problem. The American Cancer Societyâ€™s Road to Recovery program pairs volunteers with cancer patients in need of a ride to their treatments or doctor appointments.
â€śWe identified a need through patients sharing their stories, from phone calls and (from) a community assessment, so we started the program here in Elk County in April,â€ť said Lora Cope, cancer control specialist with the ACS.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first of a two-part series.
A sizable crowd gathered inside The Red Fern in St. Marys on Monday evening during a much-anticipated political debate between State Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Elk/Clearfield, and Frank Straub, Democratic candidate for the 75th Legislative District in the state House.
The debate was hosted by the Elk County Tea Party. Radio host Dave Parsons of The River 98.9 acted as moderator for the event, while Mark Wagner, Tea Party spokesman, was the chairman of the forum.
After months of debate, members of St. Marys City Council approved Ordinance 261, amending the city's sign ordinance, by a 5-2 vote during their meeting on Monday evening. Mayor Sally Geyer and councilman Dick Dornisch opposed the ordinance.
Prior to voting on whether to approve the ordinance, Geyer explained that she did not agree with some of the measures and specifically cited the time limits that the ordinance imposes for removal of signs.
"It just seems like it's a little overkill on some of these things," Geyer said.
Residents passing through the downtown area may have noticed a number of new trees were recently planted downtown along the Boulevard.
Last Wednesday, a number of Hawthorn trees were replaced with seven Fort McNair Red Horsechestnut Trees.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
Two unpaid leaves of absences were approved.
The following support personnel were hired:
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and C.A.P.S.E.A., Inc. (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse) is committed to providing confidential care to victims of domestic violence in Elk and Cameron counties.
â€śWe provide victims (with) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year access to our services,â€ť said executive director Billie Jo Weyant. â€śWe are going to concentrate on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but also provide a lot of other services. We have a 24-hour shelter; if anyone needs to flee domestic violence and find a safe haven, we can provide that.
Area residents in need of physical therapy now have a new option for meeting their rehabilitation needs.
Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services, Inc., which specializes in physical therapy with Pilates-focused techniques, opened at 425 Old Kersey Rd. next to the Red Fern at the beginning of September. The business is under the direction of Sherron McGowan, a physical therapist, orthopedic clinical specialist and certified Pilates instructor.
During a presentation at the North Central Gas Expo on Thursday, Danielle Boston, director of public outreach for the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA), discussed the wide variety of jobs that will be available as the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation is developed in the region.
She said that the development of the Marcellus Shale will provide jobs not just immediately, but also for generations, since the well site development and management process often extends to 50 years or more.
A steady crowd gathered throughout the day on Thursday during the inaugural North Central Marcellus Gas Expo, held at the former Walmart building next to Tractor Supply in St. Marys.
According to Sally Wilson, executive director of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, 160 vendors participated in the expo, with registration requests being submitted up to the day before the event.
Members of the community were excited to meet employees of Center Rock Inc. at the North Central Gas Expo held Thursday in the old Walmart building in St. Marys. Rescue workers from the Berlin, Pa.-based company helped bring 33 Chilean miners to the surface Wednesday after months of drilling and preparation of a rescue shaft at the San Jose Mine in CopiapĂł, where trapped miners spent 69 days almost a half-mile underground after an Aug. 5 collapse brought down 700,000 tons of rock.