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August 24th, 2012
JAY TWP. - According to the Jay Township Board of Supervisors, the municipality and its taxpayers are footing increasingly large bills for communications made by Marcellus Shale companies utilizing the PA One Call (PAOC) system.
According to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), the function of the PAOC is to prevent damage to underground facilities by informing excavators, contractors, plumbers, builders, designers, and the general public of where underground lines are located before any projects in which earth will be disturbed commence.
Flying Dove Ranch, located along Old Red Mill Dam Road just outside of Ridgway, will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be food, refreshments, games, horse and buggy rides, face painting, clowns, balloon animals and more. The ranch is conveniently located 8.5 miles north of Ridgway off of Montmorenci Road and encases visitors within its 82 acres of outdoor tranquility.
The Brockway Center for Arts and Technology [BCAT], a multiyear collaborative effort, is currently in the final stage of its planning phase. Its doors are scheduled to open in January 2013 with initial program offerings in medical billing and coding, and pharmacy technician.
BCAT board members were on hand during a recent meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's board of directors to discuss the newly-established facility.
ST. MARYS â€“ Two area organizations that have provided support to Elk County communities over the years held a ribbon-cutting Thursday afternoon to celebrate their new shared space in the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys.
The Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) and St. Marys Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) will now make their headquarters inside the center.
ECCF is a nonprofit organization which manages endowed funds established by donors and then awards that funding locally to individuals, nonprofit organizations and others.
Following the replacement of Elk County's former earned income tax (EIT) collector CENTAX, by officials citing the company's failure to process tax returns and distribute funds in a timely manner, reports that the company is soon to shut down operations for good have begun to surface.
Guidelines for the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance [PREP] program, as well as funding allocations, have been released by the Department of Community and Economic Development.
"Funding for economic development programs for PREP came in the same as last year, $11.8 million," said Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. "Guidance from DCED indicates that each individual PREP region will be getting the same amount that they did last year."
Upon entering the sanctuary of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in St. Marys, parishioners and visitors will not notice a physical difference. The church has not changed, but has rather realigned itself with a more conservative reformed denomination of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).
BRADFORD â€“ The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is more than the major provider of higher education in a six-county area.
A study shows that the college also boosts the economy.
The study indicates that Pitt-Bradford contributed $67.5 million to the regional economy in 2011.
Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of the college, said Wednesday that the study â€śconfirms our impact on the regionâ€™s economy.â€ť
He discussed the study and other issues Wednesday at a 100-minute forum with area media representatives at the Frame-Westerberg Commons on campus.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Elk County was burned with another arson case after an early-morning fire torched a residence owned by Albert Lee Abplanalp, age 59, at 208 Church St. in Johnsonburg.
The initial call was placed at 12:58 a.m. as a fire destroyed a single-stall garage, four residential structures, and a vehicle. The residence at 208 Church St. sustained the most damage, as the fire originated in a detached single-stall garage at the property and spread to the main residence situated only a few feet away.
Large amounts of broken glass strewn along a portion of Market Street and near-riot conditions prompted a thorough discussion about events in which the city's open container law is waived.
Councilman Greg Gebauer brought up the matter during Monday's St. Marys City Council meeting, explaining he was summoned to Market Street at 2 a.m. on Saturday, where upon his arrival he witnessed 50-100 people whom he described as "carrying on, staggering around and being loud."