Archive - 2013 - News Article
Increased activity throughout the region could possibly lead to increased tourism and job creation thanks to funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission [ARC].
That was the message Wednesday during a North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission executive committee meeting as Bob Rusiewski, ARC/Economic Development Administration [EDA] programs director, reviewed six project summaries with board members.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Law enforcement authorities completed an investigation Thursday but were unable to explain the cause of the July 12 fire at Domtar paper mill in Johnsonburg, saying only that there are "no suspicious circumstances."
JAMES CITY â€“ No one was injured Thursday in a spectacular fire at a oil and gas well in the Allegheny National Forest near James City.
About 25 firefighters from the Highland Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Kane Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire at 10:15 a.m. Thursday.
Aiming to promote broadband service in the 32-county region north of Interstate 80, a primarily rural area, the Northern Tier Middle Mile Broadband Project may vastly improve communication efforts across the state.
That was part of the message Wednesday during a meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's board of directors as Frank Yoder, broadband services manager for the Pa. State Police, Statewide Radio Network Division, gave a 40-minute presentation on the intricacies of the project.
Officials on Wednesday acknowledged receipt of an organizational budget draft at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission although no official adoption was approved.
In just over a week members of the community are once again encouraged to come together for events in honor of Michael Proudfit, former St. Marys Community Pool lifeguard who was killed in a car crash in February 2011. The inaugural Michael B. Proudfit Memorial 5K Walk/Run and Mike Proudfit Night were held last year with much success, and both events will return this year, on Aug. 4 and 5, respectively.
With Sunday hunting once again becoming a hot topic in Pennsylvania due to the Lancaster County-based Hunters United for Sunday Hunting asking a federal judge to throw out the state's longstanding ban, The Daily Press recently asked readers on our Facebook page their thoughts on the matter.
The response indicated considerable support for hunting to be allowed on Sundays, though some individuals suggested that certain restrictions be put in place.
Cloudy skies on Tuesday morning made for slightly cooler and more comfortable temperatures for the roughly 80 youngsters who turned out for Benzinger Park's annual Activity Day.
"It's a comfortable day," said Benzinger Park Director John Schneider. "We don't have to deal with some of the warm temperatures that we had last week."
WEEDVILLE â€“ The deterioration of Mt. Zion Road was discussed recently by Jay Township Supervisors. Shirley Burke, a resident of the road, inquired as to when the hauling by the natural gas producing company EQT, will end in order to cut down on the dust.
Supervisor Jeremy Rippey said EQT is now hauling out the flowback water they trucked in previously.
Event organizers are looking forward to the region's 8th annual Tasting in the Wilds event scheduled for this Saturday, July 27 from 12-7 p.m. at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival grounds.
The event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Ridgway Heritage Council, is a rain or shine affair; the first year the event took place was 2006 and Abbi Peters, executive director of Elk County Council on the Arts [ECCOTA] and a member of the Ridgway Heritage Council, said the event continues to grow with each passing year.