Archive - Sep 2011 - News Article
Widely circulating emails warning readers of new tactics being utilized to lure susceptible motorists out of their vehicles are unsubstantiated, according to several sources.
One such email says that gang members are attempting to prey on good Samaritans by placing a child's car seat with a "fake baby in it," or "bloodied blanket draped over it," on the roadside. It goes on to read that, "When you get out of your vehicle in an attempt to help, the gangs jump out of the cornfields or bushes."
The email cautions readers not to get out of their cars and to instead call the police.
St. Marys City Council approved the publication of ordinances regarding new parking fees, rates, times and lot restrictions.
Councilmen Steve Skok and Bob Roberts comprise the parking committee, which was charged with reviewing the city's current parking conditions. During this process, the committee met with concerned citizens, the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Education Council as they went street by street to review conditions.
As a result of their findings, the committee recommended raising parking ticket fines from $2 to $5.
A crowd of parents, school administrators and faculty gathered in the St. Marys Area High School auditorium Wednesday night for a presentation aimed at teaching them how to better protect their children online.
Chief Todd Caltagarone and Officer D.J. Marconi of the St. Marys City Police Department, along with Tracey Myers from Dickinson Center's Children Preventative Services program, presented information on common online practices of children and some of the dangers inherent in those activities.
The new West Creek Wetlands Learning Center, created by the Elk County Conservation District (ECCD), is now open to the public following a ribbon- cutting ceremony held Wednesday afternoon at the site.
Elk County Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine welcomed attendees and provided a tour of the new center, which has been 10 years in the making.
"This project signifies persistence, hard work and partnerships with volunteers, companies, businesses and organizations," said ECCD District Manager Steve Putt. "Without those participants and volunteers, this project couldn't have happened."
Stemming from Governor Tom Corbett's budget proposal for the fiscal year 2011-2012, significant changes to the state's community and economic development delivery system have trickled down to North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].
FOX TWP. â€“ Following a tour of the Veolia ES Greentree Landfill on Tuesday afternoon, the Elk County Solid Waste Authority held its regular meeting.
Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner said the final medicine collection event of the year will be held this Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, from 8 a.m. to noon in the education center at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.
"We typically get a couple hundred pounds," Titchner said of the event. "I expect we'll get at least that this year. People are becoming a lot more aware of this than when we first started."
Patrons can now schedule all of their beauty and health needs in one place at the Hello Beautiful complete day spa and full-service styling studio located at 233 Main St. in Ridgway.
Owners Michelle and Dan Howard celebrated the studio's opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon. A grand opening celebration will be held Oct. 15.
The complete day spa offers manicures, pedicures, facials, detoxifying and firming body wraps, a relaxation Jacuzzi room, massages, Reiki and a fitness room.
Tuesday afternoon's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority was held at the Veolia ES Greentree Landfill in Fox Township. Prior to the meeting, authority members toured the site by bus and received an update about what has been taking place.
The landfill, which was established in 1987 and changed hands several times before coming under its current management, encompasses about 3,000 acres, with between 400 and 500 acres currently active under the facility's permit boundary.
St. Marys City Council reluctantly terminated the services of its appointed Earned Income Tax (EIT) collector, St. Marys Tax Service, owned by Dave Farabaugh, due to a state mandate known as Act 32.
The state mandate, established in 2008, requires the restructuring of the Earned Income Tax Collection System for local governments and school districts. Entities were provided with a three-year window to complete the transition by January 2012.
Bolstered by its business link with the Hamot Medical Center in Erie and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Kane Community Hospital (KCH) now has a healthy â€śbottom line.â€ť
This is the â€śgood newsâ€ť message delivered Monday by KCH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gary Rhodes in his annual report to the community.
According to figures released by Rhodes, KCH ended its fiscal year June 30 with a net income of $1,353,181. This is a â€śturn-aroundâ€ť of $1.56 million from the previous fiscal year that showed a loss of $209,000.