Archive - Sep 2011 - News Article
MT. JEWETT --A tornado in July 2003 toppled the midsection of the Kinzua Viaduct and virtually knocked out the area's major tourist attraction.
Mother Nature won this battle, but the ingenuity of man has overcome that setback with the construction of the Kinzua Sky Walk-- a pedestrian walkway built atop the very towers that once supported the historic Kinzua Bridge near Mt. Jewett.
At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, one of the matters discussed by residents and officials was the recent descaling and painting of the Caledonia Bridge. Residents concerned that that the activity could pose an environmental hazard or warrant a fine from the DEP [state Department of Environmental Protection] pressed the supervisors for accountability.
"Did they procure permits before they started, from the state or the EPA, whoever you need to get permits from? You said you would check into the permits," said Nadine Pirrazi of Byrnedale.
The Fox Township Supervisors recently discussed creating a parking lot in the industrial park near the adjacent soccer fields.
The township has a five-year lease agreement with SinterFire, who owns the land the soccer fields are situated on. The township is currently in the second year of the lease.
After being shut out for the past two years, an Elk County resident was finally selected in this year's elk license drawing, which was held by the Pennsylvania Game Commission at the main headquarters in Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon. The drawing was originally scheduled to be held on Friday, Sept. 9, but was delayed due to flooding in the Harrisburg area.
As has been the case since the event was moved back to Harrisburg, the drawing was broadcast via live video feed on the Game Commission's website.
Fifty-six licenses was awarded this year, 18 for bulls and 38 for cows.
The City of St. Marys Parking Authority held their final regular meeting on Tuesday evening inside City Hall.
The authority will be officially dissolved by City Council at its upcoming Sept. 19 meeting. It was established 49 years ago and was due to expire next year unless reauthorized by council.
"We are an arm and only make suggestions and manage finances, etc.," said Warren Stewart, a member of the authority. "The authority's job is to acquire land and funding for parking lots."
Contractors replacing the sidewalk at the corner of Washington and Lafayette streets in St. Marys struck a gas line, causing it to rupture Tuesday morning. As a precaution, the fire department evacuated between 10 and 20 residents from Lafayette and Madison streets, as well as businesses in the vicinity, including Nicklas Insurance and County National Bank. The Elks Club was empty at the time.
Crystal Fire Department Fire Chief Bill Kraus said the call was received at 10:55 a.m.
Among items recently approved by the Fox Township Supervisors were a zoning ordinance and map amendments.
"The Planning Commission has made a tremendous effort and we applaud them for their work. The board appreciates their efforts," said Supervisor Chairman Mike Keller.
Rosa Rano expressed concern about vehicles speeding along a portion of SR 948 near her home located near Main Street in Kersey.
"It's not safe, especially with kids walking to the park," Rano said.
She added that trucks using their jake breaks also pose a disturbance.
At the recent meeting of the St. Marys Area Board of School Directors, the board approved several new personnel items.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation.
Professional personnel resignations were accepted for Theresa Dahl of St. Marys as a teacher.
Support personnel resignations were accepted for Jessica Yonkofski of Kersey as cafeteria monitor. Supplemental contract resignations were accepted for Mike Kunes as assistant football coach and weight room supervisor.
At Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area School Board, principals from the area's elementary, middle, and high schools declared the 2011- 2012 school year off to a good start. Christine Kuhar, principal at Bennetts Valley and Fox Township Elementary schools, said the numbers are holding steady, with 123 students at Bennetts Valley and 209 students at Fox Township.
Robert Grumley, principal of South St. Marys Street Elementary School, said the school has 99 new kindergarten students and 27 new students and transfers.
Community members gathered on Sunday evening inside the First United Methodist Church hall in St. Marys for the "Community 9-11 Memorial Service."
The event was hosted by the St. Marys Area Ministerial Association to commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11.
The service began at 6 p.m. with an introduction and opening prayer by Chris Kindle, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, followed by the singing of the national anthem by Alexis Cunningham.
Each attendee received a small booklet entitled, "Never Forget Hope."