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April 8th, 2012
Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, is set to once again appear on NBC's "The Voice" tonight, this time in a live show that will require people to vote to prevent him from being eliminated.
An online method of paying court fees using credit and debit cards is being called a success by court administrators who credit it with improving efficiency and contributing to higher collection levels.
According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), any traffic tickets, court-ordered fines, costs, and restitution issued anywhere in Pa. can now be paid using the online E-Pay system. The system was expanded from Common Pleas courts to all magisterial courts, phased in between April 2010 and December 2011.
A sure sign of spring's arrival is seeing bunnies hopping about, as is the case at Bucktail Bunnies, a local rabbitry owned by Cindy Wingard of St. Marys.
Having been born on a farm, Wingard has raised rabbits since she was a child. Today her hobby has turned into a barn full of 30 rabbits which she breeds annually.
According to Wingard, she started her rabbit-raising hobby again after her two children, Amy and Travis, were grown.
A request from the Benzinger Township Golf Authority for St. Marys City Council to approve a loan guarantee for the organization was recently approved.
Benzinger Township Golf Authority Chairman Herb Straub appeared before council at Monday's meeting to answer several questions council members posed to the authority. Also in attendance at the meeting from the authority were members Bill Bauer, Steve Bagley and John Dippold.
With administration of the PSSAs at the halfway point in the St. Marys Area School District, district Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Joe Collins discussed the academic atmosphere surrounding the first half of the examination process.
"The kids are working hard; from what I've heard from administrators, spirits are up, the kids are confident," Collins said.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is currently living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), marking a 23 percent increase since the last report was issued in 2009. The findings were released March 29, just days before Autism Awareness Month, a national observance since the 1970s, began in April.
The Fox Township Supervisors approved several new business items during their Wednesday evening meeting.
Among them was an application to submit to Elk County for seal coating funds. The county has $12,000 in liquid fuel funds available to each municipality for use on eligible projects.
They adopted a resolution urging the PA General Assembly to eliminate or amend the State Prevailing Wage Act. The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) encourages municipalities to take this action.
RIDGWAY - At the Tuesday meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner said representatives from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the PA Recycling Markets Center will soon visit the county's community recycling center in regard to a pilot project to collect and recycle PET thermoform packaging. PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a strong, food-safe plastic used to make many types of containers, including soft drink and water bottles.
RIDGWAY - Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved changes to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) documentation during a board meeting.
The changes are from contracts dating back to fiscal year 2009.
St. Marys City Council approved a motion to request a representative from Zito Media appear before council to address ongoing issues with the cable television provider.
During Monday evening's council work session, Councilman Ned Jacob expressed interest in establishing a three-member Administrative Affairs committee to meet with Zito Media. The committee would consist of City Manager Dave Greene, City Solicitor Tom Wagner and Jacob, as well as adding three residents to the committee.