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August 6th, 2012

New teacher evaluations set to take effect

August 6, 2012

New legislation revising the standards by which Pennsylvania public school teachers, principals and certain non-teaching professional employees are evaluated will be phased in at St. Marys Area School District and other Pa. schools beginning in the upcoming school year.
Under the new law, student achievement will make up 50 percent of the educator’s overall evaluation score. Student achievement will be calculated using a combination of statewide assessments, student growth data through the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System, and other elective measures chosen at the local level.

Elk County Democratic Committee presents dinner to introduce candidates

August 6, 2012

KERSEY – On Aug. 15, all candidates for the Pennsylvania top state offices of the Democratic Party will gather together at The Red Fern in Kersey at 5 p.m. to introduce their ideas and discuss their stance for the upcoming election.
“This is quite an honor to have all of these candidates,” said Bob Roberts, Elk County Democratic Committee chairman. “We’ve never seen the likes of all of the candidates running for the top state offices here in Elk County.”

August 5th

Michael Proudfit remembered at inaugural 5K walk/run

August 5, 2012

ST. MARYS - Around 300 people braved the threat of rain on Sunday morning to participate in the the inaugural Michael B. Proudfit Memorial 5K Walk/Run, which began and ended at Memorial Park in St. Marys. The race replaced the Picnic in the Park 5K, which had been held for the past two years.

ERHC revamping 'Q Care' service

August 5, 2012

ST. MARYS – Elk Regional's acute care service for non-urgent health care needs, called "Q Care," has been restructured with new hours, a new location, and lower costs to better serve area residents.

Grounds quickly turning into Fair

August 5, 2012

KERSEY – Work continued over the weekend as members of Midway Utica, N.Y. moved their amusement rides in preparation for this week's Elk County Fair.
While patrons will later this week embark on the fairgrounds in Kersey, organizers said work for this year's fair began just a little while after last year's event ended.
"We've been doing our hoagie fundraisers, they do very well, and we've had flea market craft shows that do fairly decent," said Jamie Wolfe, grounds manager. "We have a sign program as well where you pay money to have a sign on the fence at the grounds."

August 3rd

Elk County Fair around the corner

August 3, 2012

KERSEY – Organizers and volunteers are vigorously preparing for next week's 38th Annual Elk County Fair in Kersey.
With amusement rides provided by Midway Rides of Utica, N.Y., general admission is $6 daily or patrons may purchase advance tickets at the Corner Market & Deli in Kersey. Advanced tickets will be sold for $20 and will give a patron access during all five days of the fair, which runs from Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 11.

Sale of Veolia landfill in progress

August 3, 2012

A notice was received by Fox Township stating Veolia Environmental has secured a Share Purchase Agreement to sell the solid waste business in the U.S. to Advance Disposal Services (ADS) Waste Holdings. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fall.
As stated in the July 24 letter, ADS Waste Holdings owns two other companies: Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. based in Jacksonville, Fla.; and Interstate Waste Services, Inc. based in Basking Ridge, N.J.

Shawmut's demise came in late 1940s

August 3, 2012

Editor's note: This is the final part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Pittsburg, Shawmut, & Northern Railroad.
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According to local historian Ray Beimel, the demise of the Pittsburg, Shawmut, and Northern Railroad came about after the physician in the company towns of Force and Byrnedale "drew attention to the terrible conditions of bad water and sewage in the streets."

August 2nd

Committee votes to replace CENTAX

August 3, 2012

JOHNSONBURG - The Elk County Tax Collection Committee voted Thursday to approve a resolution effectively ending the county's contract with the Central Tax Bureau (CENTAX) tax collection agency as of the end of the second fiscal quarter.
The announcement comes following ongoing difficulties with CENTAX, including payments and returns unaccounted for and the company failing to distribute collected earned income tax (EIT) monies to local municipalities and school districts.

ATA celebrates opening of Transit Center

August 3, 2012

The Area Transportation Authority's (ATA) celebrated the opening of its new Transit Center by hosting a ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday. The center is located on the ground floor of the St. Marys Parking Garage on Depot Street.

St. Marys Legion's Dan Stauffer slides into third base during the Region 8 Tournament.
The St. Marys junior baseball all-star team advanced to the final of the winner's bracket with a 13...
The second-seeded St. Marys Legion baseball team opened the Elk County League playoffs on Wednesday...
Jeffrey Scott Buck Jr., an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with Lawrence Township Fire Company,...