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March 29th

Committee makes recommendations regarding drilling

March 29, 2011

The committee of City Solicitor Mark Jacob, St. Marys Planning Commission member Matt Quesenberry, City Zoning Officer Matt Pfeufer and City Councilman Dan Hepner presented recommendations regarding how the city can move forward to regulate future oil and gas drilling in certain areas of the city to a joint meeting of city council and the planning commission on Tuesday evening.
The committee came up with the following recommendations:

District receives grants for monitoring project

March 29, 2011

The Elk County Conservation District recently received two grants to help fund the Elk County Monitoring Project.
The district received a grant for $146,000 from the Colcom Foundation and $65,000 from the Stackpole Hall Foundation.
The monitoring project is designed to keep an eye on stream conditions in the wake of the Marcellus Shale drilling. The total project cost for the 4-year program is estimated at $329,330.

Additional bone marrow, blood drive to honor area resident

March 29, 2011

A recent blood and bone marrow registry drive held in honor of Penfield resident George "Pizza" Pirraglia was so successful that another event has been scheduled for April. The upcoming blood and bone marrow registry drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the Grange building in Penfield. As before, it is being organized by the American Red Cross; DKMS Bone Marrow Center; Hahne Regional Medical Center; DuBois Regional Medical Center; and friends of Pirraglia.

March 28th

Pro Process eclipses 1,500 safe days

March 28, 2011

ST. MARYS – Employees and officials at Pro Process, LLC in St. Marys recently surpassed 1,500 safe days at their building along Brusselles Street in St. Marys.
According to Mark Myers, manager of the company and a Johnsonburg resident, Pro Process, LLC began operations in October 2002 as a supplier of secondary machining operations for the powder metal industry.

Reenactors plan to build raft to recreate Bucktails' historic journey

March 28, 2011

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, and in honor of the occasion Bucktail Regiment reenactors plan to construct a lumber raft
in Driftwood on Saturday which will be similar to those built by the original Bucktails as they made their way to Harrisburg in April 1861.

District approves extension for senior center

March 28, 2011

The Elk County Conservation District voted unanimously Monday to approve an extension for wetland mitigation at the new Bennetts Valley Senior Center, located at 149 Plum St. in Weedville.
The permit for the mitigation plan was extended to June 2012.

March 27th

Warm welcome for Vietnam veterans

March 27, 2011

DAGUS MINES - The Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720 celebrated "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" on Sunday at the American Legion Post 511 in Dagus Mines. Earlier this month, the United States Senate and House introduced resolutions declaring March 30, 2011 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." This is the third year the Bucktail Chapter has been holding a welcome event to recognize area veterans and their families.
Following the opening ceremonies, Bucktail Chapter 720 President Ron Guilyard addressed veterans and their family members.

SMA juniors bring home HOSA state titles

March 27, 2011

St. Marys Area High School juniors Scott Barber and Brian Merritt recently each brought home top honors from the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state competition, held March 2-4 in Lancaster.
Barber was awarded with a top prize in the Pathophysiology knowledge test, while Merritt captured first place in Sports Medicine.
Joining Barber and Merritt in placing at the competition were Alyssa Fenton, Anna Prechtl and Samuel Guido, who worked as a group and took home third place in Creative Problem Solving, while Trenton Schreiber finished in fifth place in Medical Spelling.

March 25th

Heritage Gala to celebrate students, education

March 25, 2011

"A Pearl of Great Value" is the theme of this year's Heritage Gala, an annual event that celebrates education and benefits students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary and Middle schools.
The gala will be held Saturday, April 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Fern in Fox Township. Proceeds benefit the Parent/Teacher Organization (P.T.O.), which has made a $150,000 commitment to the schools' budget.

Bids for city services recently awarded

March 25, 2011

Members of city council recently approved awarding bids for both truck/operator services and blacktop patching services for the year. In each instance, only one company submitted a bid.
Bucktail Excavators was the sole bidder for truck/operator bids at per-hour rates of $45 for a single axle, $55 for a tandem, $65 for a tri-axle, $80 for a crawler and $60 for a mini-crawler.
"These bid prices stayed the same as in 2010," said City Manager Dave Greene.
He added that the services would only be utilized on an as-needed basis.

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