Archive - Jun 2012 - News Article
With the U.S. Supreme Court voting to uphold the constitutionality of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," in a 5-4 decision on Thursday, reaction from local residents was mixed, with some staunchly opposed to the action, others in favor, and others finding both merit and fault with the provisions of the health care act.
Sara Bolden of St. Marys said she she wholly supported the Supreme Court's, decision adding that the president "didn't go far enough," with the health care law.
Now in its third year, the Blast in the Burg III drum and bugle corps competition is sure to be another hit with area spectators. This year's show is slated for Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Field in Johnsonburg.
"Due to overwhelming support, there will indeed be a Blast in the Burg III," said organizer Terry Feronti of Johnsonburg.
WEEDVILLE - The Jay Township Sewer Authority claims that the township's water plant has discharged settled solids in the form of backwash wastewater, causing damage to the sewage treatment plant facility. As a result, the sewer authority is requesting the Jay Township Water Authority physically separate the backwash wastewater facilities from the sanitary sewer system.
Area residents can shop for fresh, local foods from summer to fall at the St. Marys Farmers Market, set to open for the season tomorrow.
The market will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday from June 30 until Oct. 20 in the parking lot of the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys.
Market Manager Marty Riddle said many items are available.
"We have in-season vegetables and fruits, baked goods. We also have meats, smoked cheeses, jellies, jams," Riddle said. "They [patrons] can get fresh produce, homemade baked goods and they help support local farmers and the area people."
Local writers Geraldine "Gerri" Bianchi Wolfe and the late Clark Hawkins teamed up to write a new book, "Through the Window," which offers a diverse collection of short stories of the past and present, many of which are inspired by true life-events and set in northwestern Pennsylvania.
The 100-page book offers 11 short stories, including an introduction, an in memoriam, commentary, brief author biographies and local photos, most of which were provided by Hawkins.
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] have been closely watching recent U.S. Senate and House activity.
The Senate recently postponed consideration of the FY13 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill until possibly the middle of July; Senate leaders originally anticipated to debate the annual spending bill this month, according to North Central Executive Director Eric Bridges.
A week ago, the House voted to instruct conferees to the House-Senate negotiations on the highway bill to finish their work by Friday, June 22.
RIDGWAY - At Tuesday's Elk County Solid Waste Authority meeting, Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner said she will be participating in a conference call this week with the PA Recycling Markets Center to continue with steps to enable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) thermoform plastic recycling through a pilot project. The center in Elk County is receiving funding through a national grant and is the only rurally located facility involved in the project.
"It's worse than a plague," said Pete Braun of Braun's Farm in St. Marys regarding the destruction of crops caused by invading armyworms.
Braun, like many area farmers, is suffering firsthand from the devastation caused by the armyworm, or Pseudaleta unipuncta (Haworth), a native species widely distributed throughout the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains.
Although the gypsy moth population did not turn out to be as much of a problem as predicted, another caterpillar has already begun to wreak havoc in Elk County.
During Monday night's Elk County Conservation District Board of Directors' meeting, Toby Herzing of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reported receiving numerous calls from farmers worried about a little green and brown worm that was ravaging their hay fields.
If youâ€™ve caught a local high school (musical) performance lately or attended your childâ€™s recital, chances are Fred and Marie Fritz have been behind the scenes making sure the instruments used are hitting the perfect pitch.
The St. Marys couple owns Fritz Pianos and Organs, a family business that began with Fredâ€™s father, the late Hal Fritz, and also included Fred's brother, the late Frank Fritz, who managed the business's DuBois store until his death nine years ago.
Fred said itâ€™s hard for him to imagine doing something else.