Archive - 2010 - News Article
State Rep. Matt Gabler presented Dickinson Mental Health Center (DMHC) yesterday morning with an award from the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the Standards for Excellence certification program.
â€śThis is a rigorous certification to obtain,â€ť Gabler said.
DMHC participated in a voluntary peer review by PANO which examined the organization for compliance with its Standards for Excellence; An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney addressed budget concerns during Thursday eveningâ€™s SMASD Board of Directors workshop.
â€śWe are beginning the preparation for the 2011-12 budget with extreme caution due to the continued economic concerns of the area, the state, the nation and for that matter the world,â€ť Kearney said. â€śWith the medial warning of the state education budget cuts that could be broad and deep, Cindy FinGado and I have set forth the timeline for our budget development. We have just completed our 2009-10 audit.â€ť
Bekki Titchner, recycling and solid waste coordinator, recently discussed with members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority the need for volunteers at the Community Recycling Center.
"We've been extremely busy [at the Community Recycling Center] and it's to the point where we'll probably have to really sit down and discuss how we want to handle the future. There was like three days when it was slow, that was when we first opened, and then it hasn't been slow since," Titchner said.
Early Wednesday morning, the Borough of Ridgway was faced with one of its worst floods since January of 1992.
Emergency Management and the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department decided at 4 a.m. Wednesday to activate the Emergency Operations Plan as the raging Clarion River flooded the West End of downtown Ridgway. The flooding forced the borough to close the Clarion River Bridge and many of the streets in downtown Ridgway, including Center Street, Vine Alley, the majority of West End, and Route 219 by Lindberg Furniture.
The Fox Township Supervisors plan to have a new topcoat applied to a multi-use court that was recently installed at the Fox Township Community Park in order to fix issues with the smoothness of its surface. During their monthly meeting on Wednesday evening the supervisors unanimously voted to officially contact the contractor who applied the initial topcoat, explain the situation, define the standard of flatness that is expected and inform him that the surface must meet that standard before he will be paid.
Area principals provided updates on their schools during a recent school board meeting.
South St. Marys Street Elementary Principal Bob Grumley said there were nearly 700 requests for parent-teacher conferences.Â
Grumley clarified that despite rumors, each grade level will host musical productions this year. Â
He noted the successful visit from the Mobile Ag Lab. The school's third grade classes participated in the lab. In conjunction with the event, Veronica Conrad, president of the Elk County Humane Society, hosted additional activities at the school.
A ribbon-cutting was held Tuesday for a new 16-chair renal dialysis center located on the campus of Elk Regional Health System in St. Marys.
The newly constructed Renal CarePartners of St. Marys Dialysis Facility, situated behind the building housing Community Nurses, Inc. and ERHC's outpatient rehabilitation center, was designed with the goal of providing top-quality nephrology and renal dialysis services, and making those services more accessible and convenient to residents in the region.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority recently received a grant from the Stackpole Hall Foundation for necessary upgrades to the Community Recycling Center, which is located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. The authority rents the building from North Central.
According to Bekki Titchner, recycling and solid waste coordinator, the total amount of the grant is around $8,000.
"That is for setting up the heating in [the Community Recycling Center], as well as for a digital scale," Titchner said.
The North Central Workforce Investment Board recently held a seminar about available and upcoming careers within Pennsylvaniaâ€™s oil and gas extraction industry.
Members of numerous career agencies were in attendance, along with those involved with the North Central Gas and Oil Extraction Industry Partnership, which services 17 counties.
Once again St. Joseph Monastery will be hosting Christmas at the Convent Open House event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
â€śOur bake sale is the most popular event,â€ť said Sister Margoretta OSB. â€śLast year, people were lined up to get in.â€ť
The Sweet Shop is offering an array of baked goods and canned items, including pears, salsa, mustard, hot peppers, jellies and jams and pumpkin bread. Homemade sauerkraut will also be available for purchase.