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June 17th, 2011
School choice is currently a hot topic in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, according to Amy Hill, communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Hill was the main speaker at a news conference held Friday afternoon at DuBois Area Catholic School regarding Senate Bill 1.
"Senate Bill 1 is a good sort of stepping-off place when we're talking about school choice in Pennsylvania right now," Hill said. "The bill aims to increase the very successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which has been in existence for about 10 years now."
Two hundred twelve Elk County residents were inducted into the state's Voter Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Thursday in the St. Marys Area High School cafeteria.
Kim Frey, director of the county's Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration, gave the opening remarks.
"These are the go-getters. They are the people who have shaped our community," Frey said of the Hall of Fame honorees, noting that she knows many of them personally because of their participation in the election process, both as voters and as volunteers. She also encouraged everyone to exercise their right to vote.
Pennsylvania State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) is a great ally to have in support of Senate Bill 1, according to DuBois Area Catholic School President Fr. Rick Tomasone. Currently under consideration, S.B. 1 is legislation that would both increase funding for the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship program and create Opportunity Scholarship Grants for students who meet specific income requirements to help offset the cost of tuition at the school of their choice. Scarnati is a co-sponsor of the bill.
Catholic schools in Pennsylvania provide education to over 7,000 students at 40 different locations, according to Erin Landini-Grogan, director of Respect Life for the Diocese of Erie.
Numerous business items were approved by the St. Marys Area School District school board during their recent meeting on Monday.
Among the items approved was a letter of agreement between the school district and Dickinson Mental Health Center for Family Based Mental Health (FBMH), a program used to develop and implement a cooperative relationship with the county's Children and Adolescent Service programs, providers, departments and school districts.
The Jay Township Supervisors are considering revoking ATV use on township roads following an accident last week in which two area teenagers were killed.
That crash occurred along Mt. Zion Road on Wednesday evening, resulting in the deaths of two 16-year-old St. Marys Area High School students, Steven Glatt of St. Marys and Allen Gursky of Weedville. The cause of the crash was attributed to the teens driving too fast for conditions.
A unanimous decision to table discussions about the possible elimination of the St Marys Area High School gymnastics program was approved during the Monday evening meeting of the school district's Board of Directors meeting.
Several gymnasts, parents and Irene McCandless, team coach, were in attendance at the meeting to discuss the issue; however, with the July board meeting cancelled, all those involved may have to wait for any decision or discussion until the board's August meeting.
Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg reported late Thursday night that the county's 911 Center was again fully operational following a late Tuesday evening evacuation due to noxious fumes.
According to Freeburg, a complete run-through had been completed and no remnants were detected.
Commissioners reported last Friday that back-up batteries were fuming during a charge process.
Dino's Place on Market St. will mark the fifth stop of the Straub Brewery Charity Pub Crawl taking place Friday beginning at 9 p.m.
The free event will feature the local band "The Remedy" as the headlining act.
The event's drink specials and special events are likely to draw a large crowd, as has been the standard at previous stops.
â€œWe are excited to partner with Straub Brewery and the four charities involved and look forward to a fun time on Friday night," said Dino Dinsmore, owner of Dinoâ€™s Place.
A sizable crowd was on hand for the first Elk County Gas Task Force educational seminar, held Wednesday evening at St. Marys Area Middle School.
Elk County Commissioner June Sorg acted as the hostess as she introduced each of the seminar's three speakers: Jim Clark of Penn State Cooperative Extension, who spoke about water issues; Mike Donovan of Seneca Resources, who presented a brief overview of Marcellus Shale; and attorney Tom Wagner of St. Marys, who provided information on land leasing.