Archive - Oct 2011 - News Article
RIDGWAY â€“ According to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, close to 200 tons of material have likely come through the Community Recycling Center over the course of the past year. Not only is the county's recycling program thriving, but the program's budget is also no longer in the dire straits it was a year ago.
"We are no longer bleeding red, which is incredible," Titchner said.
State Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) will be hosting a number of meetings intended to address concerns held by his constituency, specifically those pertaining to veterans' affairs and new transportation regulations for truck drivers.
Truck drivers' meeting
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine reported no abnormal findings for the Elk County Monitoring Project during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting.
"I haven't found anything abnormal," Bonfardine said. "Each of the streams I have been looking at have different conductivity rates in them, but that's normal. I haven't discovered anything outrageous."
Dr. Bruce Dickson of AGES, Inc. [Applied Geology and Environmental Science] is assisting Bonfardine in the project.
Nearly 20 local residents, senior citizens, business owners and employees were in attendance at a special parking meeting held Monday evening at City Hall. St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer and City Councilman Dick Dornisch hosted the meeting, during which attendees discussed their concerns and potential solutions to parking in downtown St. Marys.
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.
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