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January 27th

Area offers Marcellus Shale job opportunities and training

January 27, 2012

The North Central Workforce Investment Board, along with Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center and Penn College of Technology, recently implemented a ShaleNET Floor Hand class for 14 participants from various counties throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. The PA CareerLink, comprised of North Central Workforce, Veteran’s Administration and Bureau of Workforce Development Staff, assisted in the recruitment of job-seekers hoping to start a new career in the natural gas industry to utilize the new program.

January 26th

Penalty phase for Rebert begins

January 27, 2012

BROOKVILLE — As the penalty phase for Steven P. Rebert began Thursday — two days after he was found guilty of killing Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, in their Coal Tipple Road residence in April 2010 — District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett reminded the jury that it’s not all about whether it sends Rebert to prison for the rest of his life, or it sentences him      to death.
The phase during which the jury explored Rebert’s innocence or guilt is over: The jury found him guilty of killing the Shugars, Burkett said, “and now, it’s not just about Steven Rebert anymore.

Site to benefit county planners

January 26, 2012

Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] have for the past several months been working to develop a new web-based planning and asset management tool.

WCO weighs pros and cons of Shale industry's effect on environment

January 26, 2012

With a November 2011 bentonite spill in Johnsonburg's Silver Creek highlighting the potential environmental hazards posed by Marcellus Shale activity, Wildlife Conservation Officer Tom McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) spoke at January's meeting of the Elk County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs about the environmental effects of Marcellus Shale activity on Elk County's wilds and wildlife. In an interview Tuesday, McMann discussed further the pros and cons the industry poses to animal habitats and aquatic resources, as well as what he has seen of both in Elk County so far.

January 25th

New officers at North Central

January 25, 2012

A nominating committee on Wednesday morning appointed Potter County Commissioner Douglas Morley as chairman of the executive committee of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].
Morley has served as chairman of Potter County's Board of Commissioners since he was seated in January 2008 and was successfully elected in November 2011 for a second term.
He has been an Allegany Township resident for the past 34 years, was a graduate of Northern Potter High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College.

Adjustment raises questions amid funding shortfalls

January 25, 2012

With the possibility of funding cuts in the future at the federal and state levels, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] pushed ahead with a 3-percent cost-of-living adjustment for its employees.
The measure, however, was not without opposition.
William H. Bogart, Small Business Consultant for Cameron County, had concerns with the raise, which will take effect retroactive Jan. 1, 2012.

Paterno well-remembered by many

January 25, 2012

One sunny spring day in 1993, St. Marys native Bridget O'Donnell Healy, who was a student at Penn State University at the time, sat alone on the steps of Pattee Library studying for one of her classes.
Healy remarked that she remembered campus being quiet that day, with not many people moving about. However, there were a few others making their way around the campus that day, and Healy was soon left with an experience that she would remember fondly almost two decades later.

Free assistance with college financial aid forms

January 25, 2012

Filling out financial aid forms for college can be nerve-wracking, but the Community Education Council is offering some help for college-bound students and parents who want to get it right the first time.
Students from Elk County who will be attending college for the first time this year and their parents are invited to attend one of two free sessions held in the computer lab at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC) in downtown St. Marys on Monday, Jan. 30. The first session will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and the second from 5 to 7 p.m.

Monitoring Project goes online

January 25, 2012

The Elk County Monitoring Project website is now up and running and available to the public.
The website, powered by NexSens Technology, relays data from the satellite telemetry systems installed in the streams and watersheds.
The monitoring project is designed to keep an eye on stream conditions in the wake of the Marcellus Shale drilling by measuring the temperature, flow and conductivity in each stream. The total project cost for the program is estimated at $329,330.
Two of the 11 systems are online and running.

Bonfardine hopes to extend monitoring project

January 25, 2012

Elk County Conservation District Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine recently reported applying for an $88,000 grant through the Elk County Community Foundation to continue the Elk County Monitoring Project.
If accepted, the grant will extend the duration of the monitoring project for a couple years.
The Elk County Community Foundation provides scholarships and grants to other non-profit organizations in Elk County and the surrounding communities.

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