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Water rates increasing this month

February 29, 2012

The St. Marys Area Water Authority has announced that rates for customers in St. Marys and Fox Township will increase slightly in March.
The authority's board of governors approved the increase, which goes into effect March 1 and was explained in a notice sent via postal mail to authority customers. According to Dwight D. Hoare, P.E., manager of the St. Marys Area Water Authority, the increase is due to debt service to cover replacement of the 20-inch water main serving the entire system and higher operating costs.

PennDOT moving forward with Million Dollar Highway Project

February 29, 2012

As part of PennDOT's road project along SR 255 in St. Marys, also known as the Million Dollar Highway projects, PennDOT has begun acquiring buildings
According to Marla Fannin, community relations coordinator with PennDOT District 2, the scope of the project is to "provide full depth reconstruction of the roadway from Wal-Mart to the St. Marys Diamond," with the estimated cost being $11 million.
Included in project plans is the widening of the SR 255/ SR 120 intersection.

9 counties to upgrade 911 systems

February 29, 2012

In an effort to implement cost savings and unify 911 services, nine counties in northern Pennsylvania have teamed up to upgrade to a "Next Generation 911 Telephony System and Network."
The counties are Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Venango and Warren.
"[The counties] have worked together as one entity to create a regional network and improving technology and operations while saving costs to their individual counties," said Michael C. McGrady, the president of MCM Consulting Group out of McMurray.

St. Marys comic to perform at weekend concert

February 29, 2012

Area residents attending Saturday’s Kentucky Headhunters/Confederate Railroad concert will also be treated to the comedy stylings of St. Marys native Brad Leviski, who goes by the stage name of “Bubba Bradley.”
Leviski said he had always thought about being a comic, but never really got the opportunity until about three and a half years ago.
"I was working at a bar in Montana. I was the head bouncer. A buddy of mine knew a comic in L.A. and had him come in and do a show. They wanted somebody to warm up the crowd for five minutes and I volunteered," Leviski said.

For Donachy, a pig makes the perfect pet

February 29, 2012

Whenever Kersey resident Amy Donachy returns home, her pet, Wilbur, is there to greet her. He knows his name and even comes when she calls him.
Wilbur is not a dog, cat, or other "traditional" pet, though-- he is a pig.
Donachy, 18, explained that she first got Wilbur two years ago after wanting a pig ever since she was a little girl. When her mother finally gave in, her family looked for a pig on the Pennswoods website and found a litter near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border.

Commissioners act on gas well ‘impact fees’

February 29, 2012

SMETHPORT – McKean County and its municipalities soon will be reaping the benefits of “impact fees” assessed on Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas wells.
Acting Tuesday at a meeting at the courthouse in Smethport, the county Board of Commissioners agreed to advertise the ordinance that sets the fees on wells drilled in the county. The ordinance is based on state legislation finalized earlier this month.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed the ordinance, which is expected to be officially adopted by the county board at its meeting March 20.

Authority to recommend changing contractors for HHW/universal waste collections

February 29, 2012

The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is set to recommend that the Elk County Commissioners approve parting ways with ECS&R, the company the county has contracted with since 2006 for universal and household hazardous waste (HHW) collections, after Veolia submitted a significantly lower bid for the same services.
According to Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling/solid waste coordinator, the county stands to save around $5,000 by contracting with Veolia.
Veolia and ECS&R were the only two companies to submit bids for the services.

Redistricting efforts stymied in Pennsylvania

February 29, 2012

ST. MARYS - In a campaign stop in St. Marys this past Friday, Congressman Glenn Thompson, who is seeking re-election as representative for Pa.'s 5th District, spoke to supporters gathered at Gunner's Restaurant and asked for their vote.
Thompson also discussed at Friday's event the expansion of his voter base as the result of recent redistricting, or reapportionment, of the Congressional 5th district by the state's legislative leaders in the Pa. House and Senate. Redistricting takes place every 10 years following the outcome of the Census.

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