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August 23rd

Va. earthquake felt locally, across northeast

August 23, 2011

ST. MARYS - Many residents of Elk County felt tremors from an earthquake that originated in Virginia at about 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
A seismometer housed in the administrative building at Penn State DuBois recorded readings from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake, whose epicenter was in Mineral, Va., a small town about about 90 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

Suicide prevention program receives Palumbo Trust grant

August 23, 2011

As Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) continues its efforts to provide area youth with appropriate services pertaining to suicide prevention, a recent $92,000 grant from the AJ and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust will ensure that these programs continue in the near future.
Students throughout Elk and Cameron counties' middle and high schools will benefit from the grant money, which is being utilized to fund the organization's Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS).

Commissioners highlight child safety

August 23, 2011

According to statistics gathered over the years, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths for children ages 2 through 12 in the United States; every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
The Elk County Commissioners yesterday adopted a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety Week.

August 22nd

Conservation District deploys data loggers

August 23, 2011

Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine has begun deploying data loggers into watersheds to gather baseline data for the Elk County Monitoring Project.
"At this time, five data loggers are deployed, with the sixth going in-stream [today]," Bonfardine said during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting.

Canine therapy can help improve mental health

August 23, 2011

A number of studies have shown that having a pet can help lower a person's stress and improve their mental health outlook. One form of therapy that has been in existence for some time, but is new to the area, uses dogs in a therapeutic setting to assist clients in achieving mental health goals.

Sky's the limit for First United Methodist Church construction project

August 23, 2011

The First United Methodist Church's newly constructed pavilion is located on an immaculate, arboreal, 13-acre property just off of South Michael Road in St. Marys.
The pavilion, which will be available for rental to the public, can seat between 260 and 275 people and includes a stone fireplace, kitchen, handicap-accessible restrooms, a two-stall indoor garage, parking lot, utility room and electric outlets.

August 21st

Memorial tree, plaque honor Sgt. Ken VanGiesen

August 21, 2011

A memorial tree was planted Sunday at the Kane Armory along Chestnut Street to honor Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed July 18 while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
A bronze plaque honoring the soldier was installed at the base of the tree.
"The tree is something that will always remind us of him," Lt. Drew Campbell said during the ceremony. "We wanted to do something unique because he was unique. His life may have ended, but the tree will continue to grow in his memory."

Changes proposed to improve downtown parking

August 21, 2011

A parking committee consisting of city councilmen Bob Roberts and Steve Skok and City Manager Dave Greene recently held its second meeting with area residents to discuss proposed changes to parking in the downtown area as the parking garage being constructed downtown is nearing completion.

August 19th

Sign theft, damage cause for concern in Jay Township

August 19, 2011

At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, both residents and officials shared their growing frustration and anxiety over a recent spate of theft and vandalism involving traffic and street signs.
Supervisor Murray K. Lilley said the theft of signage is costing the township a fortune. He estimated the cost of replacing a single stolen or vandalized sign at $250.

Right to transparency defended at supervisors meeting

August 19, 2011

The Thursday night Jay Township Supervisors meeting began with an exchange over freedom of information, with attendees defending their right to record such proceedings.
At Thursday's meeting, two attendees had handheld dictaphones and one had a video camera.
Supervisors said they were upset that information from a previous "special" insurance meeting on Aug. 5, 2011 had appeared in an area newspaper as well as on the internet.

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