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April 4th, 2012
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.
At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, Elk County Recycling/ Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner said the county would be pursuing a recycling program (902) grant from the state.
"For the first time in about three years, there is going to be a recycling program equipment grant, but it's a lot more substantial than the last one we applied for," said Titchner, explaining that this round of grants requires a great deal more of information to be submitted to the state. "There's a lot more information they are requesting."
RIDGWAY - Officials from the Pennsylvania Game Commission attended an Elk County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning to respond to critics from Jay Township who allege that the elk herd in their area is getting out of hand.
Officials indicated that the herd has not grown but rather a mild winter caused 32 elk historically located in the Medix Run area to migrate to Weedville.
As the first rays of light break over the hills and the ground is wet with dew, the voices of area residents will be raised in song and prayer at a sunrise service on Easter Sunday.
The service will take place at 6:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8, at the Diamond in downtown St. Marys. The Rev. Chris Kindle, pastor of First United Methodist Church in St. Marys, said multiple churches will be participating in the event.
Monday evening, St. Marys City Council approved several items ranging from parking updates to CDBG applications to new protocol for police promotions.
Council unanimously approved a resolution establishing the procedures for promotion within the City of St. Marys Police Department.
Greene said the resolution was reviewed by City Solicitor Tom Wagner as well as the Civil Service Commission.
St. Marys Pharmacy/Home Medical has pledged to be a $1,000 sponsor for the 2012 Relay for Life of Elk County.
"With help from team members, employees of St. Marys Pharmacy/Home Medical, and all the wonderful donations from the community, Team SMP was able to raise over $6,000 last year," said Team Captain Rebecca Schatz.
The 2012 Relay for Life of Elk County will take place on June 8-9 at the Fox Township Community Park beginning at noon on Friday and concluding at noon on Saturday.
At the 4th Annual Heritage Gala on Friday evening, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Joseph Monastery were presented with the Heritage Award for the many roles they have played in seeing to the spiritual, educational and other needs of the St. Marys community.
On Friday evening at The Red Fern in Fox Twp., the Benedictine Sisters of St. Joseph Monastery were honored with the Heritage Award from the Elk County Catholic School System for their many contributions to the community over the years.
The Heritage Award is given annually to individuals, living or deceased, who have made a significant impact on Catholic education in St. Marys. At the Heritage Gala Friday evening, guests were treated to a slide show that told of the history of the sisters and their many contributions over the years.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC), a program offered through the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, continues to thrive.
"Our breastfeeding education component of WIC continues to strengthen," said Julie Kasmierski, WIC director. "Our breastfeeding peer counseling contacts are at an all-time high. During the month of January, our breastfeeding peer counselors had 284 contacts with pregnant and/or breastfeeding mothers."
The figure climbed to 323 contacts in February.