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August 2nd, 2011
With the creation of Elk County's veterans' task force only a few months old, county commissioners heard about another program Tuesday morning during a bimonthly board meeting.
Karen Leithner, hospice manager for Community Nurses, Inc. based out of St. Marys, informed commissioners Tuesday of a new initiative, "We Honor Veterans."
A new Women in the Outdoors event, aimed at introducing area women to outdoor activities in a friendly, laid-back, non-competitive atmosphere, is coming to Elk County on Sunday, Aug. 14 at the St. Marys Sportsmen's Club.
The day-long event, running from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., is being hosted by the local Wapiti Roost chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
At the request of Washington Street resident Vicky Mazzaferro, members of city council approved having the city complete a traffic and engineering study for all of Washington Street during Monday evening's city council meeting.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, Mazzaferro recently sent a letter to the city explaining that vehicles parked along the north side of Washington Street create a line of sight obstruction for individuals attempting to pull in and out of the driveways located along that roadway.
Members of city council took a stand against tax increases during their meeting on Monday evening, proposing no increase for next year's city budget.
Councilman Bob Roberts first brought up the idea, remarking that he believed making the declaration now would help streamline the budget process later this year.
"I would suggest that council take a stand and declare no tax increase. That way, all of the managers and all of the department heads know how to plan a budget that does not include a tax increase," Roberts said.
Bavarian Fall Fest organizers are seeking qualified local vendors for the upcoming event taking place September 23 to 25 throughout downtown St. Marys.
Now in its second year, organizers are continuing to secure an array of vendors such as crafters, artists, food vendors, nonprofit organizations, home-based businesses, schools and clubs, to set up shop for a festive fall weekend.
"We are trying to keep the event to local vendors," said organizer Dolly Wehler. "We need vendors; we have everything else lined up."
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.