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May 23rd, 2012
RIDGWAY - Members of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] are keeping a sharp eye on federal and state spending plans as lawmakers continue to make budget adjustments.
"Not much has changed when we're looking at the federal budget updates," said Eric Bridges, the commission's executive director. "We're pretty much where we were a week ago when conversations started. Appropriation bills on the federal side are moving through each respective chamber."
While the Olympic games change venues every four years, it has been a long time coming for the South St. Marys Street Elementary School Olympic Games, which were held this year at Berwind Park for the first time.
RIDGWAY - At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner said a revised lease agreement was received from North Central for the entire warehouse building used for storage and additional square footage in the Elk County Community Recycling Center at their space in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys.
ST. MARYS - As the St. Marys Community Pool gets ready to open for the season, area residents should be aware that weekend hours will be modified based on attendance in past years.
"We've been looking at the number of people who come to the pool on the weekends and it seems like the time from 5 on to closing is not very well-attended, so we decided to just open an hour earlier because there have been some requests from different people about opening earlier on the weekends, so we are trying that this year," said St. Marys Community Pool Manager Gregory L. Snelick.
RIDGWAY - The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve an agreement with Palmetto Posting, Inc., and county officials for the posting of delinquent tax notices on properties for which delinquent taxes are owed.
John Samick and Katie Krise from the county's Tax Claims office were on hand Tuesday morning to discuss the change.
ST. MARYS - At a recent stroke prevention seminar at Elk Regional Health Center's Education Center, some of the discussion focused on treatments available to stroke victims.
Katherine Brem, an occupational therapist with Elk Regional, said that recovery begins in the acute care hospital once a stroke victim is declared medically stable. Brem said it is at this point that the caregiver needs of a patient are assessed, with a physician determining a patient's strengths and deficits in designing a rehabilitation plan for them.
The St. Marys City Council approved to publish the city's ordinance on regulating oil and gas operations during their Monday evening meeting.
The ordinance includes an amended provision of the St. Marys City Code in order to conform with the state's requirements under Act 13.
Matt Pfeufer, zoning enforcement officer, stated to council that the only significant change in the ordinance was an addition for the approval time period for permitted use. The time period set by the act is 30 days; the zoning ordinance currently lists a time frame of 90 days.
Regarding what has been a hot topic item throughout St. Marys for some time, Jim Rigas of Zito Media discussed several issues encountered by the cable company during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting.
Rigas began by explaining planned St. Marys upgrades, ranging from bandwidth upgrade, two-way activation, and regional fiber network to high-speed data and voice capability, high-definition and DVR offerings.
ST. MARYS - With May marking National Stroke Awareness Month, a recent seminar was held at the Education Center at Elk Regional Health Center in an attempt to raise awareness surrounding the risk factors, contributing factors, and symptoms associated with strokes.
The fallout over the Jay Township Board of Supervisors' appointment to fill a vacancy within the township's Water Authority continued at Thursday's meeting of the board.
Attendees, including Weedville resident Helen Bonanno, accused Supervisors Jeremy Rippey and Fran Gustafson of violating procedure and exercising a bias in casting their votes, creating arbitrary qualifications for vacancies, and recruiting applicants.