Archive - Feb 2011 - News Article
Healthy communication between children and their parents is always important, but sometimes the communication foundation begins to crumble when children enter their preteen and young teen years. During that time, children are challenged not only by the changes occurring as they enter puberty, but also by increased peer pressure to engage in risky behavior such as using drugs and alcohol. Simultaneously, their changing lives may cause them to become more withdrawn and less willing to engage in conversation with their parents or guardians.
Recently kindergarten and fifth grade students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School teamed up to raise funds for the school's annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Hop-A-Thon.
This year, students succeeded in collecting $694 during a two-week period. Each kindergartner was asked to collect at least five donations.
"The kids were very excited about the event and were happy to be able to help someone else that couldn't enjoy the simple pleasures of life like we can," said SMCE kindergarten teacher Laura Kuntz, event coordinator.
Regulating the areas within the City of St. Marys where gas and oil drilling can take place may be as simple as modifying a portion of the city code, according to some members of city council and the city's planning commission.
During a joint meeting between the two groups on Tuesday evening, planning commission members remarked that they believed the portion of the city code related to mining, quarrying and related processing facilities, which prohibits the exploration of minerals in certain areas, should be applicable to oil and gas drilling as well.
Travelers who have experienced a bumpy ride on state Route 120 lately will be glad to know that the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is working to patch the many potholes that have appeared as a result of the cold and snowy winter weather.
Greg Sayers, Elk County maintenance manager for PennDOT's District 2-0, said his office has been aware of the numerous potholes that recently developed and he has been out several times in the past week to review the road.
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.
A resignation was approved for Patricia McLaughlin of St. Marys from the St. Marys Area Middle School cafeteria, effective Jan. 28, 2011; and under supplemental contracts, Christopher Gankosky as marching band director at the end of the 2010-11 school year.
Concern for Marcellus Shale drilling was expressed by Elk County Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship (C.A.R.E.S.) member Rick Glover during Tuesday's Ridgway Township Supervisor's meeting.
Glover attended Tuesday's meeting to receive an update on any zoning ordinances to prevent the drilling.
â€śAs a township, you cannot say,'hey, you can't drill five hundred feet from a person's house,'â€ť Glover said. â€śYou cannot say that, but you can set up a zoning ordinance to state that there is no drilling.â€ť
RIDGWAY â€“ Possible changes to the local telephone area code system were the focal point of discussions Tuesday during an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting.
John Balliet, director of Taxpayers United for Representation Now [TURN] from DuBois, discussed the proposed new 582 area code being suggested by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission [PUC].
As gas and oil drilling becomes more prevalent throughout the area, municipalities are making the necessary efforts to attempt to ensure that their natural resources are protected. The City of St. Marys is no exception, and on Tuesday evening members of city council and the planning commission held a joint meeting to discuss the best way to move forward implementing oil and gas drilling restrictions within the city.
During the past week, a late-season run of the influenza virus has occurred in St. Marys and surrounding communities. Dr. David Caruso, a local physician, said the virus usually makes an appearance earlier during the fall and winter months.
"Other states have had it - PA is just later this year getting it," said Caruso.
Among the various business items recently approved by the St. Marys Area School District School Board was the re-bidding of the rubber flooring project for the St. Marys Area High School and South St. Marys Street Elementary School hallways.
Three companies submitted bids, all of which were rejected. The bids were from Faris Carpet, Inc. in Uniontown; Aramark, based in Philadelphia; and CB Flooring in Harrisburg.