Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
On Tuesday evening, the academic excellence of St. Marys Area High School juniors and seniors was celebrated as students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
Among those honored were 35 first-year junior members, 33 second-year senior members and one senior who was a first-year member.
A dinner program was held prior to the start of the event where SMAHS student Scott Barber, master of ceremonies, was joined by fellow student Erica Bauer, who led the invocation.
RIDGWAY - Fran Gustafson, a Jay Township supervisor, shared concerns about the growing elk herd Tuesday morning during an Elk County Commissioners meeting.
"It's getting bad-- they're eating the grass, people can't have gardens, they can't do anything," Gustafson said. "I don't know where this is going to lead. It's now becoming a county thing, not a township thing, and it has spread and spread."
According to Gustafson, there have been at least three vehicle accidents in the past month, with three vehicles being totaled, due to the elk presence.
Elk County Conservation District Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine attended Monday night's regular meeting to update the board on the status of the Elk County Monitoring Project.
The project is designed to collect baseline data throughout Elk County and will act as an alarm system for pollution events that may occur in drinking water supply areas.
In March, 2011 the Elk County Conservation District received two grants totaling $211,000 for water monitoring equipment for water quality assessments throughout the county.
RIDGWAY - Elk County Commissioners were immersed in a 35-minute conversation Tuesday morning with township supervisors and county officials over Marcellus Shale issues, specifically land issues and the fallout from an ordinance passed two weeks ago regarding impact fees on the wells.
"Land use and zoning issues have always been something that comes with much controversy," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg during the lengthy discussion. "Until there is a consensus made by the public, it's a hard thing to make a blatant statement on.
The Elk County Catholic School System's 4th Annual Heritage Gala will celebrate Catholic education in St. Marys and pay homage to the Benedictine sisters who have been instrumental to these efforts over the years.
The gala will take place Friday, March 30 at The Red Fern. Hosted by the Elk County Catholic School System Advancement Office in partnership with O'Leary Giovanni Wealth Management Group and The Red Fern, this year's theme is "Reach for the Stars."
ST. MARYS - Pip, the talented 19-year-old Georgia native with local ties, beat out his friend Nathan Parrett last night on 'The Voice' to advance to the live rounds of the show which will start in April.
Rising fuel prices and crop damage have helped contribute to higher food prices, but a new ministry sponsored by St. Mary's Parish will give families the opportunity to enjoy nutritious, healthy foods at a reduced cost.Â
A week-long celebration is under way at Northwest Savings Bank's office in downtown St. Marys as the business celebrates 10 years in its current location.
According to office manager Linda Decker, the current office unofficially opened on March 18, 2002 and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on March 22. Prior to that, the office was located in a building along Brusselles Street that has since been torn down to make way for the addition of Sheetz.
St. Marys City Council approved for Solicitor Tom Wagner to pursue discussions with the Kaul and Hall Oil and Gas Company in conveying its oil, gas and mineral rights over to the city due to the dissolution of the company by the end of the year.
ST. MARYS - Pip, the son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, will once again be appearing on NBC's "The Voice" this evening, and area residents are encouraged to attend a viewing party at ChinAmerica Palace in St. Marys to support the young singer.
Pip's aunt, Laura Claypool, has organized the event, which she described as a way for Pip's local supporters to "bite their nails together" as they wait to see if he makes it to the next round in the competition. The show starts at 8 p.m.; however, individuals can come early and take advantage of some "Pip" food specials.