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August 18th, 2011
An estimated 54 protesters expressed their concerns about the environmental impact of Marcellus Shale gas drilling during the recent "Picnic on the Wellpad" event, held inside the S.B. Elliott State Park in Clearfield County.
The event was held as part of a business-to-business networking event by the DuBois Chamber Energy Committee and the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation's Energy Team.
The park is part of the Moshannon State Forest and drilling company EOG Resources, Inc., has established several drilling sites on the property.
Making the toast at your best friend's wedding? Asked to make a presentation at work? Addressing a group of donors for your charity? If the prospect of any of these scenarios scares you speechless, you're not alone.
Many people have a paralyzing fear of speaking in public. Even teachers who are used to addressing a classroom full of children every day can get tongue-tied when it comes to speaking in front of a more grown-up audience. But it doesn't have to be that way, according to Elk County Toastmasters Past President Cory Straub.
Even though official city budget discussions are not set to begin for another few months, the annual event was on the mind of Councilman Dick Dornisch during Monday evening's city council meeting.
Dornisch said he wanted to remind council members of a proposal he made last year regarding an alternative approach to the city's budget. He began by reminding council members about the tedious nature of last fall's budget discussions.
Mayor Guillermo Udarbe asked the Ridgway Borough Council to take legal action against the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad in an effort to resolve a 14-year dispute over what to do with the Pennsy Station along North Broad Street.
Udarbe reminded council that on Sept. 24, 2010, code enforcement officer Dave Zeigler wrote a letter to B&P Railroad property manager Bill Gentilman citing all of the violations and giving a 30-day notice to correct the violations.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
The board approved a 2.5 percent increase for cafeteria salaries for the upcoming school year.
Thomas Timashenka of St. Marys submitted his resignation as a school psychologist effective June 30, 2011.
By now, most residents of the City of St. Marys are aware that members of the St. Marys City Council passed a series of resolutions on Thursday, Aug. 4, to begin the process of dissolving the city's parking authority. However, little information other than that is known due to the fact that the discussion leading up to that action all took place during executive sessions.
Discussion about various aspects of the area's logging industry was the focus of this year's Elk County Farm Bureau's Legislative Tour held Monday at Dave's Saw Shop in St. Marys.
Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) attended the event to discuss areas of concern within the logging industry.
"Logging is pretty much the same as farming, just on a longer-term scale," Cooney said, adding the industry typically does not receive any type of government subsidies.
More than 1,000 volunteer firemen will be coming to Kane for a three-day convention that begins Thursday.
The Kane Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the 119th annual convention of the Central District Volunteer Firefighter's Association (CDVFA). The organization, founded in 1892, meets annually for business meetings-- as well as for fun, relaxation and camaraderie.
Mayor Sally Geyer informed members of council on Monday evening that she believed the city should move forward and publish their draft of the zoning ordinance amendment pertaining to oil and gas development.
"I believe that we have a solicitor and I believe that we hashed it out back and forth enough. I think we should move forward with what we have and we can always change, amend or whatever at another time," Geyer said.
The logging industry in Elk County was the featured topic at this year's 15th annual Elk County Farm Bureau Legislative Tour, held Monday morning at Dave's Saw Shop on Linwood Avenue in St. Marys.
Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) were among the attendees at the event, which included a group discussion on the logging industry, the challenges it faces and its affiliation with the agricultural industry. They were joined by Farm Bureau members and lumber industry representatives.