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September 6th, 2011
The Elk County Commissioners have publicly endorsed the implementation of a Marcellus Shale impact fee on each unconventional gas well in Pennsylvania.
"We had met with Senator [Joe] Scarnati and we were voicing our concerns for the human service side of this and they're going to be hit with this Marcellus Shale and housing, that part could be problematic," said Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg. "I know a lot of folks are concerned about that and other programs of interest.
BENEZETTE â€“Â Youth visiting the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette now have one more special "elk" to look forward to seeing. On Saturday afternoon, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) officially unveiled "Benny," the mascot/ambassador for its new youth conservation education program.
"Benny is our youth program ambassador," said Elk Country Visitor Center operations manager Carla Wehler. "He will be the ambassador for our youth membership, our conservation program, things like that."
On Monday, the 59th annual Bennetts Valley Labor Day celebration contended with a constant rain, but event planners and attendees made the best of it.
Carl Smith of the Jay Township Fire Department, who has volunteered at the event for the last 40 years, said that while attendance was down Monday, Sunday saw record attendance.
"I think it's the weather today that's keeping people away. Yesterday we sold 107 armbands, we've never sold that many before," Smith said.
The words 'fiscal restraint' were repeated often by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) at a town hall meeting held at the Red Fern in Fox Township Friday afternoon.
Toomey, on a tour through Elk and several neighboring counties, held the town hall meeting to address the federal debt, jobs and the economy.
The meeting did not focus as much on the local economy and jobs as it did on federal government spending and fiscal policies, with Toomey answering numerous questions from the audience of about 70 people and emphasizing a fiscal diet for the U.S. government throughout the event.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the West Creek Wetland Learning Center ready for its grand opening.
The grand opening is set for Wednesday, Sept. 28, which is also Elk County Conservation District Day.
"The majority of the landscaping of the rain and flower garden is complete for the year, except for minor details that will be completed before the grand opening," said watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine.
Thursday night, representatives from the telecommunications industry, as well as local businesses and government officials, met at Gunners Restaurant in St. Marys to discuss the implications of a proposed area code change for the region slated to take effect in the first quarter of 2015.
The Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission was recently formed to gain input from residents from across Pennsylvania regarding the impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling. Co-chaired by former state representatives Dan Surra and Carole Rubley, the group is in the process of holding a series of five hearings across the state to gain feedback so that a report can be prepared and sent to Governor Tom Corbett.
As the new Community Outreach Coordinator (COC) for the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, Phoebe (Bonfardine) Bonomo is looking forward to reconnecting with her hometown through promoting and facilitating economic growth and community development.
Recently the Chamber hosted a Picnic on the Porch event to introduce Bonomo to the community, as well as to showcase the building's new front facade.
"Yellow-bellied sapsucker" may sound like an insult, but members of the newly formed Allegheny Highlands Bird Club know it's actually one of the many bird species living in the region. Club members are hoping to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about this bird and others with residents in Elk and surrounding counties.
"The area is really, really rich in birds and lots of different species of birds," said John Fedak, the club's president.
Changes to the 'Castle Doctrine' law, which provides for an individual's right to stand their ground and defend their home from an intruder or attacker, were enacted this past Saturday, and law enforcement officials are speaking out about how the public and firearm owners should best prepare themselves to handle such a situation.
Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey Krieg emphasized the importance of training.
"The more training you have, the less likely you are to have an accident or do something you regret," Krieg said.