Archive - Aug 2011 - News Article
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
As a creative writing major, Jenna Rhodes of Kersey is off to a successful start, with one of her poems selected from among more than 5,000 submissions for publication in the 2011 edition of The Apprentice Writer literary magazine.
Now in its 29th year, The Apprentice Writer was created by Gary Fincke, professor of English and creative writing and director of the Writersâ€™ Institute at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. The magazine publishes some 70 poems, stories, personal essays, photographs and works of art by high school students from a 20-state area.
Things went from bad to worse when a fire ripped through the home of Jim and Nancy Bodien at 45 Fremont Ave., Ridgway, last Saturday night.
The kitchen, dining room and bathroom took the brunt of the fire leaving the smoke and water to destroy the rest of the home.
Five miles away at Nancy's mother's residence, she received a call from her sister at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday night to tell her that her house was on fire.
Fortunately, no one was in the home at the time of the blaze.