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March 1st

Plans under way for annual spring tire collections

March 1, 2012

Spring is almost here, which means area residents will once again begin the tedious task of spring cleaning. For those looking to dispose of old passenger vehicle tires, the Elk County Solid Waste Authority recently set the dates for their annual tire collections.
"We've already had calls about when we're going to do tire collections. Everybody wants to know," said Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling/solid waste coordinator.

State police report attempted suicide

March 1, 2012

JONES TWP. - The Ridgway-based Pa. State Police report investigating an incident of attempted suicide that occurred on March 1 at 2:15 p.m. on Glen Hazel Road in Jones. Twp., Elk County. According to police, the incident occurred as a 49-year-old known female of Johnsonburg, took pills and deliberately drove off of the road and struck a tree. The woman was transported to the Elk Regional Health Center for treatment. Police were assisted at the scene by the Wilcox Fire Department.

Start now for great spring yards and gardens

March 1, 2012

While there is more snow to come and nary a bloom peeping out of the ground, it isn’t stopping area residents from gazing dreamily out of their windows with big plans for their gardens and spring landscaping.
Natalie Aiello, the Elk-Cameron County 4-H/Youth Extension Educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Extension's Master Gardener Coordinator for Elk County, said there are a number of things people can do now to prepare for the planting season.

Kuntz conducting annual Kentucky prom gown collection

March 1, 2012

Those looking to rid their closest of prom and formal gowns, wedding dresses and accessories may consider donating them to local schoolteacher Laura Kuntz, who distributes the gowns to underprivileged girls and women in poverty-stricken Beatyville, Ky.
Now in her fourth year of collecting gowns, Kuntz plans to made the trip to Kentucky this month, earlier than in past years.

February 29th

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.

February 28th

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.

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