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June 22nd, 2011
As part of its ongoing scholarship program, the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) awarded a total of 83 scholarships to local students this year totaling $77,225.
Of those scholarships, 20 were awarded to seniors from St. Marys Area High School, 19 from Ridgway Area High School, 17 from Elk County Catholic High School, 12 from Johnsonburg Area High School, six from DuBois Area High School, four from Brockway Area High School and two from Kane Area High School.
Four members of the 2011 graduating class of Leadership Elk County (LEC) made a special presentation to members of the St. Marys City Council on Monday evening to highlight ways in which blighted areas of St. Marys could be transformed to become more viable. The LEC group consisted of Kim Kerchinski of St. Marys, Amy Shields of St. Marys, Shelly Meier of St. Marys and Amy Goode of Ridgway, who indicated that they had given the same presentation to their fellow LEC classmates a few weeks ago.
With a state budget possibly being in place by July 1, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (NCPRPDC) are preparing for new times.
County officials announced Tuesday that a local veterans' task force has been initiated to help bridge gaps between various groups dedicated to the assistance and advancement of the county's veterans.
"I hope to see the new task force work with the various veterans groups concerning different veterans' issues," said Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel. "We'll be meeting at least once a month with the Rides 4 Vets program, a great organization, and we're happy to forge together with them to see what kind of improvements can be made."
Fundraising continues for the annual Independence Day Celebration hosted by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, taking place July 2 at the St. Marys Golf Club.This year's goal is the same as in years past, at $16,000. To date, the Chamber has raised $10,332.
"The Chamber and the fireworks committee works hard every year raising funds for this community event," said Paula Weyant, Chamber events coordinator. "The deadline is coming up quickly. If we do not reach our goal, the display will be reduced to the amount we do receive.â€ťÂ
The Elk County Commissioners and members of the area's Tea Party group discussed a forensics program Tuesday morning during a board meeting.
"This forensics program goes back a long time, at least 18 months, when the grant was initially applied for through our Mental Health/Mental Retardation [MH/MR] program," said county Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel.
Initially, the MH/MR program, led by Cynthia Zembryki, received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to reduce recidivism in area prisons.
Members of the St. Marys City Council approved requests from the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday evening for matters related to the organization's 10th Annual Chamber "Wing Fling," which will be held on Friday, Sept. 9. Chamber President Mark Rupprecht was in attendance at the council meeting to answer council members' questions.
City Solicitor Mark Jacob provided members of city council with an update on the progress that is being made on an ordinance that would limit drilling in certain designated areas of the city. City Manger Dave Greene informed council members that Jacob and councilman Dan Hepner, both of whom are members of a four-person committee designated to conduct research and make suggestions regarding enacting a drilling ordinance in the city, had recently attended a meeting about drilling, and Jacob provided them with a brief overview of what took place at that event.
Members of the St. Marys City Council approved handing the responsibility of selling effluent water from the city's wastewater treatment plant back over to the municipal authority following a brief discussion at their meeting Monday evening.
City Manager Dave Greene explained that he had placed the sale of the water on the meeting agenda because he knew the authority was going to meet regarding the issue; however, he remarked that the authority did not yet have an agreement prepared for council.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
The board approved a 2.5 percent increase for support staff, excluding cafeteria staff, for the 2011-12 school year.