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April 26th, 2012
As the parent of a child with autism, Lisa Witherite of Sykesville is part of a rapidly growing group. With autism diagnoses up sharply in the U.S., 23 percent over two years according to a Center for Disease Control study, more parents than ever before are faced with the difficulties associated with raising an autistic child.
With the completion of the Letters From Home program, volunteers recollected their various experiences with the organization throughout its nine-year history.
On Sunday, Letters From Home held its final letter-stuffing, followed by a retirement ceremony inside the Sacred Heart Parish Center in St. Marys, where the organization has been headquartered since its founding.
The stateâ€™s recently enacted voter ID law did not adversely effect the voting process in Tuesdayâ€™s primary election in Elk County, according to the countyâ€™s elections office.
â€śWe didnâ€™t have any problems here in Elk County,â€ť said Kim Frey, the director of Elk Countyâ€™s Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration. â€śMy poll workers said everything went fine for them. It didnâ€™t seem to be a real big issue.â€ť
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] held a quarterly full board meeting Wednesday afternoon, with workforce development dominating the conversation.
Key North Central officials were joined by U.S. Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-5) via teleconference as the legislator highlighted H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012.
On Wednesday, April 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed another 90-day extension of surface transportation programs. House leaders plan to use the extension legislation as a vehicle to begin a conference committee with the U.S. Senate, which has already approved a two-year, $109 billion reauthorization bill.
The House measure extends federal-aid highway, safety, transit, and other programs funded by the Highway Trust Fund at Fiscal Year 2011 levels in lieu of a new, multiyear reauthorization.
There weren't many surprises in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary election results in Elk County. As of press time, with all 33 precincts reporting, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney captured the Pa. Republican presidential nomination and will face President Barack Obama in the fall. Romney easily outdistanced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum to take the nomination.
On Friday evening, New York Times best-selling author RoseMarie Terenzio will make an appearance at the St. Marys Public Library, where she plans to discuss her book "Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love and Loss." The event offers a night of recollections of John F. Kennedy Jr. from Terenzio, his former personal assistant and confidante.
The St. Marys Public Library and local author John Schlimm are co-hosting the event, which begins at 7 p.m. with refreshments. At 7:30, there will be a question-and-answer session with Terenzio and book signing to follow at 8 p.m.
At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors, questions were asked concerning progress in resolving a discrepancy within the 2011 audit in which the township's holdings were overstated by roughly $105,000.
The discrepancy was first brought to the public's attention at March's meeting of the board, when Jay Twp. Supervisor Murray K. Lilley announced a disparity specific to the township's general fund balance.
Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt reported an increase in the gypsy moth population during Monday night's regular meeting.
"The gypsy moth population is increasing again," Putt said. "If you follow the gypsy moths at all they really run in cycles so you will have a couple of years of high populations then the population will drop off and you will have a couple years of very little or no population then all of a sudden it will spike again and we are in that upward spike at this point."
Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, saw his run on NBC's "The Voice" come to an end on Monday evening as he was eliminated by his coach Adam Levine at the end of the show. Both Levine and Cee Lo were required to instantly eliminate one of their four performers, while the other three were left to vie for America's votes.
During his performance Monday evening, Pip appeared sans bow-tie for the first time and even briefly played the piano during his performance of "Somewhere Only We Know."