Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
During a special parent presentation on current drug trends presented by representatives of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services at St. Marys Area High School on Wednesday evening, St. Marys Area High School counselor Molly Wehler and St. Marys Area High School nurse Julie Chicola discussed the recent safety searches that were conducted at the high school and middle school, as well as the proper procedure that should be followed by students who need to take prescription medication during the school day.
KANE - McKean County already is reaping the economic benefits of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
But an even larger windfall may lie ahead for the county when drillers tap the deeper Utica Shale for gas.
Speaking Friday at a Kane Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum at the Kane Manor, Bob Veilleux said McKean County is â€śwell-situatedâ€ť for the anticipated Utica Shale drilling.
Veilleux is the economic and community development educator for the Penn State Extension that serves McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter counties.
Cellphone users who are in a panic thinking that their mobile phone numbers will be released to telemarketers and other third parties can rest easy-- this persistent rumor is unfounded.
The Elk County Planning Department was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] to host a rain barrel workshop.
â€śI was notified yesterday [Tuesday] from DEP,â€ť said Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator. â€śIt's not a whole lot of money, but there is not a lot of grant money out there right now, so it was nice to know we got that award."
Foster said the workshop is in conjunction with the storm water management plan.
The Elk County Planning Department recently procured a $138,000 grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the Pa. Accessible Housing Program.
The program will provide approximately 8-10 accessibility modifications to residents in Elk, Cameron, McKean and Potter counties.
â€śWe anticipate doing two to three projects per county in order to disperse that money,â€ť said Richard Gavazzi, housing specialist for Elk County Planning Department. â€śWhich is great.â€ť
Gavazzi initially requested approximately $266,320 for the program.
U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson (PA-5) visited The Winery at Wilcox along Mefferts Run Road in Wilcox yesterday afternoon.
Winery owners Mike and Carol Williams and their son Jamie welcomed Thompson upon arrival and walked him through a 45-minute tour of the facilities.
When the winery first opened its doors in the summer of 1994, it was the smallest in Pennsylvania and had an inventory of 1,100 gallons in eight varieties. Today the winery has a capacity of almost 60,000 gallons, with over 31 selections for the 2009-2010 vintage, and is one of the state's five largest wineries.
ST. MARYS - A senior prank gone awry was reportedly the reason for a lockdown Thursday morning that affected schools in the Elk County Catholic School System and the St. Marys Area School District.
Sixteen residents, business owners and local organizations were recognized for their efforts in sustaining tourism and development during the Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team's annual briefing, held Thursday at the Diamond View Restaurant and Lounge in St. Marys.
BENEZETTE â€“Â Bob Rusiewski, ARC/EDA Project Director for North Central, was presented a plaque by Rawley Cogan, president and CEO of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, on Wednesday morning at the Elk Country Visitor Center. The plaque honored Rusiewski and the Appalachian Region Commission (ARC) as a Keystone Guardian Partner for contributions they made to both the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and Elk Country Visitor Center.
Cogan explained that the ARC is federally funded, with the funds being disbursed through the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.
RIDGWAY - Officials Wednesday afternoon announced updated plans for the second annual North Central Communities Conference.
Matt Marusiak, community development coordinator for the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC], revealed two keynote speakers: Dan Meuser, the acting secretary of the Pa. Department of Revenue, and U.S. Representative Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-PA-5).
The conference is scheduled for May 18 at Penn State DuBois.