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August 1st, 2011
According to Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt, the noxious and invasive weed survey is receiving a positive response from county residents.
Putt has surveyed over 290 acres of land, finding the common Bush Honeysuckle and thistle plants on every site.
As of the last Conservation District meeting, Monday July 25, Putt has completed 11 of his 12 scheduled surveys.
"I'm finding a lot of Bush Honeysuckle, the stuff seems to be everywhere in this county," Putt said. "Thistle of course is everywhere, bull thistle and the other thistles."
A new baler is at the top of Elk County Recycling Coordinator Bekki Titchner's wish list for the Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. Titchner recently submitted an application to the Stackpole Hall Foundation requesting a grant to help cover the cost of the new equipment.
HARRISBURG - A DuBois doctor who operated an osteopathic practice out of his home was charged Thursday with selling prescriptions to powerfully addictive narcotic medications in exchange for cash.
According to a press release posted on the state Attorney General's website, Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Dr. Rajendra Yande, 47, of 633 Maple Ave. in Dubois. Yande began his practice in Dubois in early 2008 and runs his daily operations out of his Maple Avenue home.
Ken VanGiesen would be proud of his Kane community for the patriotism shown Thursday during his funeral procession from Kane Area High School to his final resting place at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow.
Along the entire route, children and adults waved American flags and held signs to salute their hero, who was killed earlier this month while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Some along the 10-mile route placed the palm of their right hand against their chest as the procession passed by for the private burial ceremony.
The county's annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the electronics recycling site at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys beginning at 9 a.m.
According to recycling coordinator Bekki Titchner, the collection will allow area residents to dispose of much of the hazardous material that is not accepted at the ongoing paint and pesticide and bulbs and batteries collections.
With extensive cuts across the board to many critical programs in the state budget, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (NCPRPDC) are feeling the heat.
With projected revenue factored in for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, at first glance, officials may be facing a deficit of well over $3 million.
During the most recent Jay Township Supervisors meeting, several residents expressed concern over the dry, dusty roads, some requesting them to be watered down.
Jim Burke said he spoke to State Representative Matt Gabler's office about the installation of a cell phone tower in the township. He added there is a site available for land acquisition which may make an ideal location.
"A cell phone tower for the valley is long overdue," Burke said.
Supervisor Francis Gustafson said he would like to see a group of 4-5 volunteers look such a project.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Barry J. Schoch made a conference call Wednesday morning to board members at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] to discuss possibilities handed down from the governor's funding advisory commission.
The funding advisory commission was reportedly formed to study various transportation issues plaguing the state, including new ways to fund the many transportation needs of the commonwealth.
The West Creek Wetland Learning Center located along West Creek Road in St. Marys has undergone major improvements to its landscape, making for a more enjoyable educational experience.
"We have been spending a lot of time out there this past month," said Elk County Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine.
The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the center ready for its grand opening on Sept. 28.
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.