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August 3rd, 2011
On Wednesday evening, the Fox Township Supervisors heard testimony from several residents regarding the township's proposed zoning ordinance and map amendments. As part of the proposed zoning ordinance, the township is looking to specify requirements for outdoor furnaces, woodburners, oil and gas wells and windmills.
Supervisor Randy Gradizzi said he is happy with the outdoor furnace ordinance but wants to look at setback issues for the water course.
"It's an important issue and we're not going to move too quick," said Mike Keller, supervisor chairman.
The CWF (Championship Wrestling Federation) is returning to the area to present the "Ridgway Rumble" Saturday night, with bell-time slated for 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
"I'm so excited for the show to take place," Bill "Powerhouse" Hughes said. "The Elk County region is our home away from home. We're hoping to get up there more often."
The show is a benefit for James Bodien and his family. He was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease, a disorder passed down through families in which certain nerve cells in the brain waste away or degenerate.
Necessary revisions have been made to a competitive program contract and the county's Housing Rehabilitation Program.
Rainy weather Wednesday morning did little to dampen the spirits of a handful of area youth who turned out for Kaulmont Park's annual Activity Day.
According to Liz Dippold, a recreation assistant at the park who has been involved with the event for the past four years, typically the event is attended by around 30 youngsters, many of whom live near the park. While this year's numbers were slightly lower, likely due to the weather, the participants were eager to take part in a variety of events that included a Frisbee throw, soccer kick, obstacle course and archery shoot.
With the creation of Elk County's veterans' task force only a few months old, county commissioners heard about another program Tuesday morning during a bimonthly board meeting.
Karen Leithner, hospice manager for Community Nurses, Inc. based out of St. Marys, informed commissioners Tuesday of a new initiative, "We Honor Veterans."
A new Women in the Outdoors event, aimed at introducing area women to outdoor activities in a friendly, laid-back, non-competitive atmosphere, is coming to Elk County on Sunday, Aug. 14 at the St. Marys Sportsmen's Club.
The day-long event, running from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., is being hosted by the local Wapiti Roost chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
At the request of Washington Street resident Vicky Mazzaferro, members of city council approved having the city complete a traffic and engineering study for all of Washington Street during Monday evening's city council meeting.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, Mazzaferro recently sent a letter to the city explaining that vehicles parked along the north side of Washington Street create a line of sight obstruction for individuals attempting to pull in and out of the driveways located along that roadway.
Members of city council took a stand against tax increases during their meeting on Monday evening, proposing no increase for next year's city budget.
Councilman Bob Roberts first brought up the idea, remarking that he believed making the declaration now would help streamline the budget process later this year.
"I would suggest that council take a stand and declare no tax increase. That way, all of the managers and all of the department heads know how to plan a budget that does not include a tax increase," Roberts said.
Bavarian Fall Fest organizers are seeking qualified local vendors for the upcoming event taking place September 23 to 25 throughout downtown St. Marys.
Now in its second year, organizers are continuing to secure an array of vendors such as crafters, artists, food vendors, nonprofit organizations, home-based businesses, schools and clubs, to set up shop for a festive fall weekend.
"We are trying to keep the event to local vendors," said organizer Dolly Wehler. "We need vendors; we have everything else lined up."
According to Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt, the noxious and invasive weed survey is receiving a positive response from county residents.
Putt has surveyed over 290 acres of land, finding the common Bush Honeysuckle and thistle plants on every site.
As of the last Conservation District meeting, Monday July 25, Putt has completed 11 of his 12 scheduled surveys.
"I'm finding a lot of Bush Honeysuckle, the stuff seems to be everywhere in this county," Putt said. "Thistle of course is everywhere, bull thistle and the other thistles."