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April 27th, 2012

Free courses can improve safety for motorcycle riders

April 27, 2012

The myth of motorcycles in movies, books and songs seems to embody the idea of youth, rebelliousness, recklessness and a wild spirit. James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause,” "Leader of the Pack,” “Unknown Legend,” the famous duo of the counterculture movie “Easy Rider,” Evil Knievel, the Hell’s Angels, “Ghost Rider -- even Steve McQueen speeding across the countryside in “The Great Escape-- all of those stories and images make some people yearn for the always-exciting and sometimes dangerous lure of the open road and a powerful engine.

East Branch road to undergo construction

April 27, 2012

During a recent East Branch Dam Safety Initiative meeting, residents and various agency personnel were notified about new updates to the project.
"We're considering for this project a community information system. We've done this at some of our other projects. It will be voluntary and will be a 9-1-1 type number, although it is not an emergency line," said Mike Rattay, project manager.
The system consists of an automated calling list which will contact people in the evening to announce public meetings, construction activities, road closures, and other events.

Vacation-proofing your home against burglaries

April 27, 2012

With summer drawing closer and vacation season along with it, law enforcement officials are asking the public to take simple precautions in safeguarding their home against burglary.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than two billion burglaries occurred in the U.S. in 2009, with an estimated $4.6 billion in lost property. Of those, nearly three-fourths were residential, with the average dollar loss-per-burglary $2,096.

April 26th

31st Annual Ridgway Triathlon set for Saturday

April 26, 2012

RIDGWAY - The 31st Annual Ridgway Triathlon will commence Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
The race will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the Elk County Courthouse on Main Street in downtown Ridgway. From there, runners will head down to the Clarion/Little Toby Trail for a 5-mile run. Bikers then will then make a 15-mile round trip on Portland Mills Road (state Route 949) before riding a canoe or kayak from Country Squirrel Outfitters to the finish line at the Portland Mills canoe launch.

Director highlights state budget

April 26, 2012

Back in February, Governor Tom Corbett unveiled a $27.1 billion state budget proposal that held the line on taxes while making deep cuts in higher education assistance.
The spending plan is reportedly only a 1-percent decrease from last year's budget; however, Corbett's initial plan calls for cuts of over $300 million from 14 state-owned universities and a small reduction in funding for public schools.
According to David Mitchell, the current director of Corbett's northwest regional office out of Erie, the proposed budget continues to be the hot topic in Harrisburg.

Motorcycle safety awareness campaign for both riders, motorists

April 26, 2012

Regardless of the random snow earlier this week, motorcycle riders have been taking advantage of the early spring and mild weather to rev up and head on down the road.

Area mother discusses challenges of raising child with autism

April 26, 2012

As the parent of a child with autism, Lisa Witherite of Sykesville is part of a rapidly growing group. With autism diagnoses up sharply in the U.S., 23 percent over two years according to a Center for Disease Control study, more parents than ever before are faced with the difficulties associated with raising an autistic child.

April 25th

LFH volunteers recollect on how program touched lives

April 25, 2012

With the completion of the Letters From Home program, volunteers recollected their various experiences with the organization throughout its nine-year history.
On Sunday, Letters From Home held its final letter-stuffing, followed by a retirement ceremony inside the Sacred Heart Parish Center in St. Marys, where the organization has been headquartered since its founding.

Voter ID law not a problem in Elk County

April 25, 2012

The state’s recently enacted voter ID law did not adversely effect the voting process in Tuesday’s primary election in Elk County, according to the county’s elections office.
“We didn’t have any problems here in Elk County,” said Kim Frey, the director of Elk County’s Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration. “My poll workers said everything went fine for them. It didn’t seem to be a real big issue.”

Officials target workforce development

April 25, 2012

Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] held a quarterly full board meeting Wednesday afternoon, with workforce development dominating the conversation.
Key North Central officials were joined by U.S. Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-5) via teleconference as the legislator highlighted H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012.

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