Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
BENEZETTE â€“Â Benezette Township was recently selected to receive a $1,301,000 Water and Environment Program (WEP) loan and a $1,114,000 WEP Grant from USDA Rural Development to construct a wastewater collection and treatment system. Benezette Township Supervisors Jim McCluskey, Bob Howard, and Mark Moorehead gathered along with area officials at the Benezette Township building in Benezette on Wednesday morning for the announcement, which was made by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Director Robert Schoenfeldt.
North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] officials voted Wednesday morning to proceed with the sale of the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC] facility along Montmorenci Road in Ridgway to Elk County for $1.5 million.
Governor Tom Corbett's budget proposal for the fiscal year 2011-2012 proposes significant changes to the state's community and economic development delivery system, and officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] are feeling the squeeze.
Representatives from several area state and local parks presented updates on their facilities and programs on Wednesday morning during the East Branch Clarion River Lake's spring public meeting.
Topics focused on activities and issues which have occurred since the lake's fall 2010 meeting. In addition, a dam safety initiative currently being undertaken at the lake followed the partnership reports.
Jeanne Wambaugh of Elk State Forest said the park has a new ranger, Tillman Smith, as well as a new oil and gas forester who arrived in October.
The Elk County Community Recycling Center is rapidly approaching the half-ton mark for No. 5 plastics.
"We have about another dozen boxes of No. 5 plastic to ship," said Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordiantor Bekki Titchner during Tuesday night's Solid Waste Authority meeting. "We have a whole mountain to take to the post office again.
"We are approaching 1,000 pounds of the stuff. It's pretty amazing."
Members of the local Women Who Care, a giving circle organization, are diligently working on last-minute details of the group's first Spring Rummage Sale planned for Friday and Saturday.
The event will take place inside the Franklin Center, located in downtown St. Marys. The sale begins at 8 a.m. each day and concludes at 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
"There will be lots of good stuff that everybody needs," said event co-chair Connie Amendola.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit Women Who Care grants and the endowment fund.
ST. MARYS - Recently, four members of Boy Scout Troop 95, sponsored by the Sacred Heart Church, were awarded the Eagle Scout badge, scoutingâ€™s highest rank. The boys who
received the Eagle award are: Benjamin Daghir, Luke Daghir, Samuel Schneider, and Jared Schaut.
Ben is the son of Joseph and Roben Daghir. He is a senior at Elk County Catholic High School, where he has been a member of the baseball, basketball, and football teams. He is also a member of the Outdoor Club and Campus Ministry.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Earlier this month Elk County President Judge Richard A. Masson handed down a ruling that Philip Bradley Wolfel, 22, of 5448 Rasselas Rd., Wilcox, is competent to stand trial on charges related to his allegedly setting fire to a residence located at 204 Depot St., Ridgway, on Aug. 12, 2010.
The late William David Tami Jr. of St. Marys was honored last week during the 13th annual In Memory Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Elk County Conservation District is teaming up with the Pa. Council of Trout Unlimited to assist with the Elk County Monitoring Project [ECMP].
The ECMP was initiated to keep an eye on the water quality in Elk County.
"I have been working with Trout Unlimited pretty closely because they're training their people to sample for TDS [Total Dissolved Solids] and things like that for the Marcellus watch," said Elk County Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine. "I am teaming up with Trout Unlimited in that effort."