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September 21st, 2011
On Monday morning, representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), responding to calls from Jay Township residents, arrived at and assessed the Caledonia Bridge refurbishment project for any impropriety and possible environmental hazards or offenses.
At last Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, the cleaning and re-painting of the bridge was the subject of much controversy among residents and supervisors.
Elk County commissioners tabled tentative agreements on Tuesday with the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission for technical support.
The agreements were $6,150 for 12 months for the county and a pact for $18,450 for 12 months for the county's 911 facility.
ST. MARYS - The area's newest quilting store, Tangled Threads, is opening its doors for business today.
Located at 63 Erie Ave. in St. Marys, the new store offers an array of fabrics, including cotton, flannel and batiks, which are hand-dyed fabrics made by using wax as a dye and often resemble watercolor designs.
Additional quilting supplies and notions such as needles, thread, pins, buttons, tape and trims are available for purchase, as well as books and patterns.
During Monday's St. Marys City Council meeting, a brief public hearing was held as part of the 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Tina Gradizzi, community and economic development coordinator, announced that this year's projects consist of street reconstruction and improvements.
The CDBG Entitlement Program helps to financially assist municipalities with numerous community development needs and principally benefits low- and moderate-income citizens.
A preliminary injunction in favor of oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) will stand.
In a ruling announced Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit endorsed a preliminary injunction issued in December 2009 by U.S. District Court Judge Sean McLaughlin in Erie.
That injunction enjoins the U.S. Forest Service from preparing a study under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as a â€śpre-conditionâ€ť for drilling oil and gas wells in the ANF.
On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council approved the real estate sale for land in the St. Marys Industrial Park at the airport on which a new business, SMC Powder Metallurgy of St. Marys, Inc. plans to construct a facility.
The purchase price of the land was $203,300 and includes one entire lot and a portion of another. The new business plans to create 200 jobs.
As part of this transaction, the city has been working with the St. Marys Soccer Association in finding a new location for their five fields, which are currently situated on the land.
We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer; according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one in six women is diagnosed with breast cancer annually. The ACS also estimates that more than 10,500 women in Pennsylvania will receive a diagnosis of breast cancer by the end of the year.
In order to help educate the community about breast cancer and provide inspiration to area women and their families, Elk Regional Health Center is hosting "Pink Palooza." The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at The Red Fern in Fox Township.
At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, in the "old business" section of the agenda, supervisors and residents delved into the topic of the township's junkyard ordinance. Disagreement centered on the proposed limitation of licenses for junkyards in the area to five.
Area resident Robert Coppolo of Weedville asked supervisors how they arrived at the number five in determining how many licenses the township would provide.
"We just tried to come up with a number so we wouldn't have 20 of them," said Supervisor Francis Gustafson.
MT. JEWETT --A tornado in July 2003 toppled the midsection of the Kinzua Viaduct and virtually knocked out the area's major tourist attraction.
Mother Nature won this battle, but the ingenuity of man has overcome that setback with the construction of the Kinzua Sky Walk-- a pedestrian walkway built atop the very towers that once supported the historic Kinzua Bridge near Mt. Jewett.
At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, one of the matters discussed by residents and officials was the recent descaling and painting of the Caledonia Bridge. Residents concerned that that the activity could pose an environmental hazard or warrant a fine from the DEP [state Department of Environmental Protection] pressed the supervisors for accountability.
"Did they procure permits before they started, from the state or the EPA, whoever you need to get permits from? You said you would check into the permits," said Nadine Pirrazi of Byrnedale.