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July 28th, 2011

Sgt. Ken VanGiesen laid to rest

July 29, 2011

Ken VanGiesen would be proud of his Kane community for the patriotism shown Thursday during his funeral procession from Kane Area High School to his final resting place at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow.
Along the entire route, children and adults waved American flags and held signs to salute their hero, who was killed earlier this month while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Some along the 10-mile route placed the palm of their right hand against their chest as the procession passed by for the private burial ceremony.

Annual HHW collection set for Aug. 6

July 29, 2011

The county's annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the electronics recycling site at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys beginning at 9 a.m.
According to recycling coordinator Bekki Titchner, the collection will allow area residents to dispose of much of the hazardous material that is not accepted at the ongoing paint and pesticide and bulbs and batteries collections.

Preliminary numbers not good for North Central programs

July 29, 2011

With extensive cuts across the board to many critical programs in the state budget, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (NCPRPDC) are feeling the heat.
With projected revenue factored in for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, at first glance, officials may be facing a deficit of well over $3 million.

Jay supervisors discuss roads, tax collector

July 29, 2011

During the most recent Jay Township Supervisors meeting, several residents expressed concern over the dry, dusty roads, some requesting them to be watered down.
Jim Burke said he spoke to State Representative Matt Gabler's office about the installation of a cell phone tower in the township. He added there is a site available for land acquisition which may make an ideal location.
"A cell phone tower for the valley is long overdue," Burke said.
Supervisor Francis Gustafson said he would like to see a group of 4-5 volunteers look such a project.

July 27th

Transportation focal point of North Central meeting

July 28, 2011

Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Barry J. Schoch made a conference call Wednesday morning to board members at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] to discuss possibilities handed down from the governor's funding advisory commission.
The funding advisory commission was reportedly formed to study various transportation issues plaguing the state, including new ways to fund the many transportation needs of the commonwealth.

Learning center receives facelift

July 28, 2011

The West Creek Wetland Learning Center located along West Creek Road in St. Marys has undergone major improvements to its landscape, making for a more enjoyable educational experience.
"We have been spending a lot of time out there this past month," said Elk County Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine.
The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the center ready for its grand opening on Sept. 28.

Council discusses fracking ordinance

July 28, 2011

During a recent City Council meeting, several topics were discussed, including instituting a set of mandates to protect against water fracking and a proposed increase in the Elk County Tax Collection Committee.
Councilman Dick Dornisch brought up discussion regarding the need to protect water sources in our area, specifically those located on private property.
He noted that a city taskforce focused on Marcellus Shale activity "came up with a set of rules that are pretty decent" regarding fracking in the city.

July 26th

Residents receive water shutoff messages in error

July 27, 2011

In the days leading up to Tuesday, residents throughout St. Marys and Fox Township received automated phone messages from the St. Marys Water Authority informing them that their water would be shut off on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. According to water authority secretary Dorothy Meyer, many of those calls were sent out by mistake.
“We have a new automated system that will call customers in an affected area,” Meyer explained.

Residents receive water shutoff messages in error

July 27, 2011

In the days leading up to Tuesday, residents throughout St. Marys and Fox Township received automated phone messages from the St. Marys Water Authority informing them that their water would be shut off on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. According to water authority secretary Dorothy Meyer, many of those calls were sent out by mistake.
“We have a new automated system that will call customers in an affected area,” Meyer explained.

Benezette, Dagus Mines post offices under review by USPS

July 27, 2011

The United States Postal Service (USPS) released a list on Tuesday afternoon of around 3,700 post office locations across the United States that are currently under review for possible closure. Of those locations, two are in Elk County: Benezette and Dagus Mines.
In a release issued Tuesday by the USPS on its website, the organization discussed the reasoning behind its review of the offices.

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