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January 25th, 2012

Adjustment raises questions amid funding shortfalls

January 25, 2012

With the possibility of funding cuts in the future at the federal and state levels, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] pushed ahead with a 3-percent cost-of-living adjustment for its employees.
The measure, however, was not without opposition.
William H. Bogart, Small Business Consultant for Cameron County, had concerns with the raise, which will take effect retroactive Jan. 1, 2012.

Paterno well-remembered by many

January 25, 2012

One sunny spring day in 1993, St. Marys native Bridget O'Donnell Healy, who was a student at Penn State University at the time, sat alone on the steps of Pattee Library studying for one of her classes.
Healy remarked that she remembered campus being quiet that day, with not many people moving about. However, there were a few others making their way around the campus that day, and Healy was soon left with an experience that she would remember fondly almost two decades later.

Free assistance with college financial aid forms

January 25, 2012

Filling out financial aid forms for college can be nerve-wracking, but the Community Education Council is offering some help for college-bound students and parents who want to get it right the first time.
Students from Elk County who will be attending college for the first time this year and their parents are invited to attend one of two free sessions held in the computer lab at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC) in downtown St. Marys on Monday, Jan. 30. The first session will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and the second from 5 to 7 p.m.

Monitoring Project goes online

January 25, 2012

The Elk County Monitoring Project website is now up and running and available to the public.
The website, powered by NexSens Technology, relays data from the satellite telemetry systems installed in the streams and watersheds.
The monitoring project is designed to keep an eye on stream conditions in the wake of the Marcellus Shale drilling by measuring the temperature, flow and conductivity in each stream. The total project cost for the program is estimated at $329,330.
Two of the 11 systems are online and running.

Bonfardine hopes to extend monitoring project

January 25, 2012

Elk County Conservation District Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine recently reported applying for an $88,000 grant through the Elk County Community Foundation to continue the Elk County Monitoring Project.
If accepted, the grant will extend the duration of the monitoring project for a couple years.
The Elk County Community Foundation provides scholarships and grants to other non-profit organizations in Elk County and the surrounding communities.

January 24th

Housing expo catering to renters and homeowners

January 24, 2012

From renters to new buyers to long-time homeowners, the 2012 Local Housing Options Team (LHOT) Housing Expo provides one-stop shopping for an array of services ranging from maintaining a residence or remodeling to financing and insurance.
The free event is taking place Thursday, Feb. 2 from 12-5 p.m. at The Edgewood building, located on the Million Dollar Highway behind the Subway restaurant in St. Marys.

Paterno supporters say his legacy will have lasting, positive impact

January 24, 2012

Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno's death on Sunday morning due to lung cancer has elicited an outpouring of grief and support among area members of the Penn State family - students, alumni, and fans.

Drilling company may face settlement agreement

January 24, 2012

RIDGWAY - Elk County Waterways Conservation Officer Thomas McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission attended Monday night's Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] meeting to report on a bentonite spill that occurred along Silver Creek near Johnsonburg in November 2011.
On Nov. 15, the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company spilled a large amount of bentonite into the stream. The bentonite quickly made its way into a reservoir controlled by the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority.
Bentonite is a form of impure clay that easily absorbs water and is often used to facilitate gas drilling.

January 23rd

Former PSU player with local ties remembers Paterno

January 23, 2012

ST. MARYS – As people remember former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno following his death at age 85 on Sunday, one man with local ties reminisced about what it was like to take the field as a player under Paterno and what he has learned as a result.
A recruited walk-on, Joe Rose played on the team from 1995-1999 as a defensive back and linebacker. He described his experience of being a member of the team under Paterno as "one of the greatest blessings in my life."

Gebauer questions city complaint form process

January 23, 2012

During the recent St. Marys City Council meeting, Councilman Greg Gebauer inquired about the complaint form process within the city and the process involved when investigating residents' claims.
After studying a complaint report provided by all members of council, Gebauer inquired about a March 2011 incident involving a resident's flooded basement caused by a plugged catch basin.
"To me I would think that would be some type of priority. Was that ever looked into or is it being taken care of?" Gebauer asked.

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