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March 18th, 2011
Kane native Jason Downey has felt the effects of several earthquakes during his 3Â˝ years as a schoolteacher in Japan.
But he knew right away that the â€śbig one" that rocked the island nation eight days ago wasnâ€™t like the others.
Downey told the Kane Republican that he was in the teachersâ€™ room at his school â€śwhen the quake hitâ€ť March 11.
â€śIt was 2:46 in the afternoon,â€ť Downey said. â€śAt first, I didnâ€™t think it was a big deal. We get over 2,000 earthquakes a year and most of them are over in 10 or 20 seconds."
Several area men and women have volunteered their smiling faces and entertaining personalities to raise money for Relay for Life of Elk County, which contributes to the American Cancer Society to support people with cancer and fund research efforts.
WEEDVILLE â€“Â Streetlight issues were a concern addressed by the Jay Township Supervisors during their recent monthly meeting.
The supervisors received a letter from Jay Township resident Christine Gavazzi, indicating that she was unhappy with the streetlight tax she was being assessed because she did not believe the light had any impact on her property.
In her letter, which was dated Feb. 16, Gavazzi stated, "We do not benefit at all from the light closest to our property. It doesn't seem fair to have to pay for a light when it doesn't provide any light for our property."
After being hit by a record 9.0 magnitude earthquake, a deadly 25-foot-high tsunami and a nuclear crisis, the people of Japan are in desperate need of help. The small island nation is facing immense destruction and devastation as thousands have been reported dead, with many still missing or injured, and at least half a million people left homeless.
Approximately 343,000 households are without electricity and nearly one million are without water. Supplies of fuel, medicine and other necessities are running short.
Jay Township Supervisor Francis Gustafson announced during the supervisors' monthly meeting Thursday evening that he plans to hold monthly gatherings with township residents to discuss important issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling, which is becoming more prevalent in the township and throughout the area.
"I think it is very important that the people get involved, and I have other people that will come in [and present information]," Gustafson said. "It's not going to go away."
The proposed cuts in the state's budget plan will affect many service agencies across the state. The nonprofit organization Life and Independence for Today (LIFT), which provides services for people with disabilities, is anticipating those cuts and is working to ensure that clients will not lose access to programs and services on which they depend.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney provided several comments during portions of the recent school board workshop and meeting.
On Wednesday, March 9, state auditors arrived in St. Marys. They will remain there during the duration of the lengthy two-month-long project.
Kearney reminded parents, students, teachers and staff that March 25 is the final inservice day for the 2010-11 school year. This is a day off for students only, as district personnel have planned various professional development activities.
Elk County officials reported recently that EADS Group members will go into the final design phase of their project as the 911 Center, now located along Boot Jack Road, makes the transition to the Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] building along Montmorenci Road.
While county officials have yet to officially purchase the building, headway in developing the property has been made.
The county's electronics recycling program, which features a collection on the third Saturday of each month at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys, recently surpassed the million-pound mark for the amount of material that has been collected.
The program will have been in place for seven years in June, according to Elk County Recycling Coordinator Bekki Titchner.
Like jazz, barbershop harmony singing is one of the unique types of music that originated in the United States. The St. Marys chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society is hoping to bring in some new voices with a guest night held during the group's meeting on Tuesday, March 22 at the American Legion Post 103 along Center Street in St. Marys. Any men from Elk and neighboring counties who like to sing four-part a cappella harmony, or who just enjoy singing, are welcome to attend.