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June 18th

Community Foundation awards scholarships

June 18, 2014

This year the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) awarded a total of 122 scholarships to graduating area high school seniors totaling $153,540.
"The dollars given to these students will impact generations to come as these young adults begin to shape our communities. Donors who have established these scholarships are contributing to our future leaders," said Paula Fritz Eddy, ECCF executive director. "The Elk County Community Foundation Board extends their gratitude to those who have seen the need and believe in the youth of today."

Commission keeping close eye on budget

June 18, 2014

Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission are keeping a sharp eye on budget discussions in Harrisburg as the commonwealth's fiscal year draws to a close at the end of the month.
Preliminary reports from the state Capitol indicate the commonwealth is staring at a budget deficit in excess of $1 billion while across the country, state revenue is up 3.8 percent over last year, according to the National Association of State Budget Officials.

Recycling center dealing with increase in waste

June 18, 2014

RIDGWAY – The amount of recyclables coming into the community recycling center in St. Marys is increasing quickly according to members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority.
"It's been ungodly busy over there," said recycling and solid waste coordinator Bekki Titchner. "It just doesn't quit anymore."
Saturday will be the center's monthly electronics collection which will be held at the community recycling center in the Stackpole complex from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visitor Center to double tourism at Kinzua Bridge State Park

June 18, 2014

MT. JEWETT – Ground will be broken this summer for an elaborate Visitor Center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett.
Linda Devlin, executive director of the Bradford-based Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau, can't wait.
"I'm really excited this project is moving forward," Devlin said Wednesday. "It's the next step for development at the park."
Devlin was a key participant at a four-hour "open house" held Wednesday to give the public the opportunity to help plan interpretive exhibits at the center. 

Highland Twp. ‘injection’ well foes plan forum

June 18, 2014

JAMES CITY – Residents and organizations opposed to a proposed “injection” well in Highland Township plan to gather Saturday for a forum at the township fire hall in James City.
The event will feature a picnic, workshops and remarks by representatives of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF) and other organizations.
The forum is open to the public.
Lunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Barbecue pork, hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided while they last. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass as well as their own drinks.

June 17th

St. Marys Carbon receives aerospace certification

June 17, 2014

St. Marys Carbon recently received its AS9100 aerospace quality system certification following an intense nine-month process.
As a global supplier and manufacturer of carbon and carbon-graphite, St. Marys Carbon now has the opportunity to work with aviation, space and defense organizations while
having a positive impact to the community in the form of new, higher skilled jobs.
"Typically what this means for us is more jobs, more stability for the company," said James Slay, St. Marys Carbon general manager and Chief Operating Officer.

Making room for progress

June 17, 2014

A Fourth Street house was demolished on Tuesday afternoon as part of the downtown St. Marys hotel project in which three structures were demolished including two on Depot Street taken down on Monday. R.J. Vollmer Excavating of St. Marys was awarded the demolition contract for the project. Several crews were onsite Tuesday as others worked to clear debris piles leftover from the structures while an environmental firm utilized equipment to obtain samples from the area, in part to determine how much fill will be needed to elevate a portion of the area above the 100 year flood plane.

Full compliance rating for prison

June 17, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Elk County Prison again received full compliance recognition following a mid-May inspection by the state Department of Corrections.
Warden Greg Gebauer, also a member of St. Marys City Council, reported the good news Tuesday morning during a county board of commissioners meeting.
"We've received complete compliance on seven consecutive occasions," he said as the perfect rating dates back to 2002. "In the past we were rated at 100 percent compliance but they've since stopped that rating process, now it's basically just full compliance.

Hospital patient charged with felony assault

June 17, 2014

A St. Marys man is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly assaulting hospital staff and police officers at Penn Highlands Elk on June 12.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, police arrived at the hospital to find Seth Ivan Rung, 19, of St. Marys, screaming, struggling against restraints and spitting at hospital staff. Reportedly, Rung was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances and attempted to bite one of the police officers as they restrained him.

June 16th

City sets uniform parking rates

June 16, 2014

Council unanimously approved an ordinance establishing the procedure to set parking meter rates which allows them to be adjusted from time to time by council resolution.
A resolution was then approved to establish a uniform rate for parking meters within the city at a rate of 25 cents per hour. Councilmen Greg Gebauer and Lou Radkowski opposed the resolution.
This follows a controversy at the last meeting as to how many meters would have to be changed to allow for the correct currency.

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