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Changes to the 'Castle Doctrine' law, which provides for an individual's right to stand their ground and defend their home from an intruder or attacker, were enacted this past Saturday, and law enforcement officials are speaking out about how the public and firearm owners should best prepare themselves to handle such a situation.
Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey Krieg emphasized the importance of training.
"The more training you have, the less likely you are to have an accident or do something you regret," Krieg said.
Secco Designs, LLC is launching their "Charity Proud 2011" fund drive tomorrow as a way to benefit a deserving nonprofit charity and one lucky customer.
"There's so much going on with the economy today that charities need more donations," said Mary Secco, owner of Secco Designs. "Our goal is to give away a sizable amount of money."
Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner announced during Tuesday afternoon's Solid Waste Authority meeting that she was successful in obtaining a grant from the Stackpole Hall Foundation to aid in the purchase of a new baler for the Community Recycling Center, which is located at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys.
The county's recycling program stands to lose a significant amount of state funding during the upcoming grant cycle, according to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner.
"They are going to be cutting the amount of 904 funding that we can expect to get by about 40 percent and we're looking at losing at least $5,000," Titchner informed members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority on Tuesday afternoon.
The Penfield Fire Department reported being called out to Boone Mountain Road in Fox Township Sunday evening by residents concerned with what they thought was a gas well explosion.
St. Boniface School in Kersey recently opened the new 2011-2012 school year with a new library and computer lab, due in part to a $10,000 grant from the AJ and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust.
"The design was discussed and created through an evaluation. We wanted to make our library more appealing so children could sit on the carpet, easily reach for a book and enjoy the overall aesthetics of the library," said St. Boniface Principal Marie Giazzoni.
In January, residents living along Wilson Road appeared before the St. Marys City Council to express their concerns about sawdust that was blowing onto their properties from Woodbed Corp., which is owned by Bob DeLullo and overlooks Wilson Road. The issue stemmed from the close proximity of the residential and industrial zones in that area of the city.
Legislation signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett that expands on an individual's right to use lethal force in self-defense is set to go into effect today.
Act 10 of 2011, widely known as the 'Castle Doctrine,' allows individuals to use lethal force to defend themselves in their residence (including porch, deck, or patio) or occupied vehicle against an assailant threatening them or a third party.
The St. Marys Area United Way recently welcomed a new president, vice president and members of the board of directors.
Newly appointed United Way President Becky Piccolo, an employee of Elk Regional Health Center, is taking over the reins of the organization from outgoing president Nick Gismondi, an employee of MPP in Ridgway.
In late June, Elk County Catholic High School senior Sara Kucenski, of Ridgway, was one of seven western Pennsylvania youth who took part in a week-long mission trip to Honduras to dedicate a water filtration system in El Jaral, Honduras, which the students had spent the previous school year raising money to construct through an organization they formed called Pure Thirst. Pure Thirst worked in conjunction with The Rice Foundation, which was formed by Dr. Jeffrey Rice, and raised over $25,000 to construct the system.