Archive - May 2011 - News Article
As part of the spring 2011 project/community affairs meeting at East Branch Clarion River Lake, several organization representatives presented updates on an array of topics tied in with the dam.
Also at the meeting, Elk County Commissioner Ron Beimel said the county has been holding monthly Marcellus Shale committee meetings in which a combination of state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) personnel, representatives from drilling companies, environmentalists and concerned citizens attend. Fellow Commissioner June Sorg chairs the meetings.
Members of St. Marys City Council discussed a zoning ordinance amendment to the city's ordinance on oil and gas development during their meeting on Monday evening. The draft of the amendment was recommended by the St. Marys Planning Commission.
City Zoning Officer Matt Pfeufer attended the council meeting and explained that the amendment draft was essentially the same as what was presented to council and the planning commission at the two groups' joint meeting on March 29.
During the recent annual briefing on the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative, Ta Brant, PA Wilds Small Business Ombudsman, presented a recap of the past year and an update on current programs.
"Things are definitely happening in our region," Brant emphasized. "One of the keys is to balance nature and commerce."
In recognition of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (May 3, 2011) and National Mental Health Awareness Month (May), officials at Dickinson Center recently outlined a variety of programs geared toward alleviating symptoms of mental illness within families.
"There are numerous programs within Dickinson that we provide to children and to families," said Sara Stauffer, program director for family-based services. "We go in and work with all the family members and all the children to help improve their mental health symptoms and functions within the family.
State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) presented a citation to the Penn-Elk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) during the group's 90th anniversary luncheon, which was held at The Red Fern in Fox Township on Saturday afternoon.
The chapter was originally formed on April 17, 1920; however, it was not officially chartered until April 17, 1921.
Gabler began by expressing his appreciation to the group for all that they do.
The Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] plans to turn the West Creek Wetlands into an outdoor education center.
The district has $19,389.87 from remaining grant monies to improve the wetlands.