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July 27th, 2011

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.

Blast in the Burg expected to draw large crowd

July 26, 2011

Area spectators will have the opportunity to witness performances by eight open class drum corps at Blast in the Burg II, taking place Thursday, Aug. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at Memorial Field in Johnsonburg.

Body of brave soldier back home in Kane

July 26, 2011

By Ted Lutz
Republican Staff
Ken VanGiesen is home again.
The body of the 30-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan last week arrived in Kane shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday following an emotional procession from the Bradford Airport in Lafayette Township.
An estimated 85 patriotic motorcycle riders accompanied the cortege, which included two military vans for the soldier's family and a hearse that carried the body to the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home along South Fraley Street.

District hires superintendent

July 26, 2011

The Ridgway Area School District held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to appoint Dr. Michael O'Brien as the new superintendent.
Dr. Tom Butler attended his last RASD school board meeting to congratulate and welcome Dr. O'Brien to his new role with the school district.
"It's been a joy, this is a great school district and I know Dr. O'Brien and his wife will be welcomed to the community," Butler said. "You will have a great time."
The board voted unanimously in favor of appointing O'Brien as superintendent, effective Aug. 9, 2011 and ending Aug. 8, 2014, at a salary of $115,000.

July 25th

Monitoring equipment for watershed project arrives

July 26, 2011

Elk County Conservation District Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine debuted new monitoring equipment that will be used for the Elk County Monitoring Project during Monday night's regular meeting.
"I'm pretty excited as we are trying to get things going quickly because of all the equipment that is coming in," Bonfardine said.
One of the items presented was a data logger that will go directly into the waterway to measure the conductivity, flow and temperature.
Each data logger will be encased in a housing unit, built by interns, to protect it from weather and debris.

Longtime girlfriend gives insight on VanGiesen

July 26, 2011

On Oct. 3, 1997, Ken VanGiesen, a junior, took Erin Sirianni, a sophomore, to the Homecoming Dance at Kane Area High School.
They've been a couple ever since.
"I was 15 and he was 16," Erin said in recalling the dance on a date that has become their anniversary. "We started dating and have been together since then. We just fit together."
A year later, they again went to the Homecoming Dance. This time as a senior, Ken was crowned as the Homecoming King. He was a three-year letterman in football at Kane High and was chosen to play center in the Big 30 Classic game in 1999.

Titchner: Volunteers are lifeblood of recycling center

July 26, 2011

The success of the Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys, has been due, in large part, to the volunteers who keep the facility operational, according to recycling coordinator Bekki Titchner.
"That was one of the initial ideas behind this center, was that it would be a community center so people from the community would help it operate, and that's exactly what's happening," Titchner said.

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