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February 2nd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Appropriately beginning a day that pretty much saw all forms of weather â€” wind, snow, freezing rain, fog and sunshine â€” in the Weather Capital of the World, Punxsutawney Phil stunned shivering and wet fans at Gobbler's Knob and proclaimed Wednesday that no, he did not see a shadow, and yes, an early spring is on its way.
Just over 300 tickets are left for the upcoming Little Texas concert taking place Saturday, March 5 at the St. Marys Area High School auditorium.
"We started out with 1,334 tickets, which went on sale shortly before Christmas and are down to the last couple of hundred," said Sandy Buerk, co-owner of St. Marys Auto Body, which is sponsoring the concert.
According to Buerk, patrons purchased tickets from as far away as Cincinnati, Ohio, Wilkes-Barre and several from the Pittsburgh area.
St. Marys resident Elizabeth Friedl recently brought to city council's attention the lack of house numbers on many residences throughout the city.
Appearing at a city council meeting in January, Friedl presented council members with a hypothetical situation regarding a potential emergency at a residence that does not have its house number properly displayed.
With a new fiscal year comes project recommendations from the county's planning department, and the emphasis this year is on the area's senior centers.
During a board of commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, Tracy D. Gerber, serving as Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] coordinator for the county, discussed several tentative projects.
"The Bennetts Valley Senior Center project is now finally out for bid and it's been several years in the making," said Gerber as she indicated advertisements for bids were first published Saturday.
District manager Robert Dippold resigned from the Elk County Conservation District on Tuesday, Jan. 11 after working for the district for over 20 years.
â€śMost of you know, I met with Bob [Dippold] to discuss some of those issues and the following week he tended his resignation,â€ť said conservation district chairman Russ Braun. â€śAs a result of a performance review, he decided to hang it up.
â€śWith that being said, we need to start searching for a new manager.â€ť
St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce outgoing president Mark Jacob was honored for his service to the organization during the Chamber's annual dinner held Saturday.
Jennifer Dippold, a member of the Chamber's board of directors, acknowledged Jacob's efforts and presented him with a gift in gratitude for his service.
Jacob has served as the board president for the past two years and was a board member for several years prior to his presidency. He plans to remain active in the organization as a board member rather than an officer.
Students at Elk County Catholic High School recently joined forces with the organization Pure Thirst in an effort to raise funds for the building of a water purification system for the village of Las Caleras, Honduras.
Pure Thirst was recently founded by Matt Burnett, a senior at DuBois Central Catholic High School, and the organization works in conjunction with the Rice Foundation and the DuBois Rotary Club.
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine announced during last night's Elk County Conservation District meeting that two grants had been rejected for the Sinnemahoning Watershed Grant Program.
The Sinnemahoning Watershed Grant Program is managed by the Headwaters RC&D Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Committee to distribute funds derived from a civil settlement between the state Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] and Norfolk Southern Railway as a result of a sodium hydroxide spill that took place on June 30, 2006 within the Sinnemahoning Watershed.
A decision is pending in the appeal of a preliminary injunction that 13 months ago cleared the way for the resumption of oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).
A panel of three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit heard the appeal last Thursday in the Collins J. Seitz Courtroom in the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. Judges serving on the panel included Julio Fuentes, Michael Chagares and Jane Roth.
The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce recognized the 2010 Businesses of the Year during the organization's 27th annual dinner held Saturday evening at the Red Fern.
Northwest Savings Bank and The Elk County Community Foundation took home top honors in the large and small business categories, respectively. Runners-up included Community Nurses, Inc. (large) and the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home (small).