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June 27th, 2012

Commission keeps close eye on bills

June 27, 2012

Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] have been closely watching recent U.S. Senate and House activity.
The Senate recently postponed consideration of the FY13 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill until possibly the middle of July; Senate leaders originally anticipated to debate the annual spending bill this month, according to North Central Executive Director Eric Bridges.
A week ago, the House voted to instruct conferees to the House-Senate negotiations on the highway bill to finish their work by Friday, June 22.

PET thermoform recycling plans moving forward

June 27, 2012

RIDGWAY - At Tuesday's Elk County Solid Waste Authority meeting, Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner said she will be participating in a conference call this week with the PA Recycling Markets Center to continue with steps to enable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) thermoform plastic recycling through a pilot project. The center in Elk County is receiving funding through a national grant and is the only rurally located facility involved in the project.

Armyworms on the march in St. Marys

June 27, 2012

"It's worse than a plague," said Pete Braun of Braun's Farm in St. Marys regarding the destruction of crops caused by invading armyworms.
Braun, like many area farmers, is suffering firsthand from the devastation caused by the armyworm, or Pseudaleta unipuncta (Haworth), a native species widely distributed throughout the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains.

Armyworms wreak havoc in St. Marys

June 27, 2012

Although the gypsy moth population did not turn out to be as much of a problem as predicted, another caterpillar has already begun to wreak havoc in Elk County.
During Monday night's Elk County Conservation District Board of Directors' meeting, Toby Herzing of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reported receiving numerous calls from farmers worried about a little green and brown worm that was ravaging their hay fields.

June 26th

Fritz family helping others make beautiful music

June 26, 2012

If you’ve caught a local high school (musical) performance lately or attended your child’s recital, chances are Fred and Marie Fritz have been behind the scenes making sure the instruments used are hitting the perfect pitch.
The St. Marys couple owns Fritz Pianos and Organs, a family business that began with Fred’s father, the late Hal Fritz, and also included Fred's brother, the late Frank Fritz, who managed the business's DuBois store until his death nine years ago.
Fred said it’s hard for him to imagine doing something else.

Future fireworks may fizzle out if fundraising goal not reached

June 26, 2012

With less than one week remaining until the annual Independence Day Celebration sponsored by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, organizers continue to work diligently to drum up donations for the 2012 Fireworks Fund.
The fund currently stands at 63 percent of its $18,000 goal, leaving $6,570.42 yet to be raised.

Protect pets from Lyme disease

June 26, 2012

It’s not just people who are being affected by increasing levels of Lyme disease—pets need to be protected, too.
Jesse Shirey, DVM, of Elk County Veterinary Clinic, said cases are appearing with increasing frequency in the animal world as well. His latest statistics show that the clinic saw 240 cases of dogs testing positive for Lyme disease from October 2011 to October 2012.
“We see a ton of Lyme disease,” Shirey said. “We see a high incidence.

June 25th

Fireworks sure to dazzle with debut of new firing system

June 25, 2012

While fundraising efforts by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce continue for the 2012 Fireworks Fund, this year's display promises to offer a better overall show with the debut of an electronic firing system.
Starfire Corporation, which has been shooting the St. Marys show since 1988, plans to utilize FireOne, an advanced digital computer program integrating both a firing and choreography system.

Conservation District agrees to noxious weed plan

June 25, 2012

The Elk County Conservation District will enter into an agreement with the Sinnemahoning Cooperative Weed Management Area to focus an invasive and noxious weed management project primarily within the Sinnemahoning Watershed.
According to District Manager Steve Putt, the Bucktail Watershed Association obtained a grant through the federal government for the weed management project.
Putt noted that he has been working with the Bureau of Forestry, Pa. Game Commission and Sinnemahoning State Park for the past year.

June 24th

Confusion regarding landowners' rights in Marcellus Shale

June 24, 2012

Bob Coppolo of Weedville said when he was recently approached by gas company representatives seeking access to his land, he balked at the idea of signing on the dotted line without first reading through the fine print.
"I was approached by at least two different companies. One guy had an easement and wanted me to sign it. I said, 'I'm not signing it, I want to read it,'" Coppolo said.
Coppolo equated the signing of an easement, a legal agreement which grants gas companies access to a landowner's acreage, with "signing your property away."

The Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball team picked up another victory Saturday evening as they...
The St. Marys Area gymnastics squad won their third meet of the season Saturday afternoon as they...
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch opened play in the District 9 League Friday by hosting the Brookville...
On March 14, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law a contentious piece of legislation...