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June 21st, 2011

Forensics program evolves over time

June 21, 2011

The Elk County Commissioners and members of the area's Tea Party group discussed a forensics program Tuesday morning during a board meeting.
"This forensics program goes back a long time, at least 18 months, when the grant was initially applied for through our Mental Health/Mental Retardation [MH/MR] program," said county Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel.
Initially, the MH/MR program, led by Cynthia Zembryki, received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to reduce recidivism in area prisons.

Council members approve Wing Fling request

June 21, 2011

Members of the St. Marys City Council approved requests from the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday evening for matters related to the organization's 10th Annual Chamber "Wing Fling," which will be held on Friday, Sept. 9. Chamber President Mark Rupprecht was in attendance at the council meeting to answer council members' questions.

June 20th

Progress continues on city's drilling ordinance

June 20, 2011

City Solicitor Mark Jacob provided members of city council with an update on the progress that is being made on an ordinance that would limit drilling in certain designated areas of the city. City Manger Dave Greene informed council members that Jacob and councilman Dan Hepner, both of whom are members of a four-person committee designated to conduct research and make suggestions regarding enacting a drilling ordinance in the city, had recently attended a meeting about drilling, and Jacob provided them with a brief overview of what took place at that event.

Council turns wastewater sale back over to municipal authority

June 20, 2011

Members of the St. Marys City Council approved handing the responsibility of selling effluent water from the city's wastewater treatment plant back over to the municipal authority following a brief discussion at their meeting Monday evening.
City Manager Dave Greene explained that he had placed the sale of the water on the meeting agenda because he knew the authority was going to meet regarding the issue; however, he remarked that the authority did not yet have an agreement prepared for council.

School district approves personnel issues

June 20, 2011

The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this month’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 support staff, excluding cafeteria staff, for the 2011-12 school year.

June 19th

Industrial Steel and Pipe Supply Company celebrates 75 years

June 19, 2011

Family legacy and family tradition resonate strongly with brothers Dale and Howard Lepovetsky, third-generation owners of Industrial Steel and Pipe Supply Company in St. Marys. The company, which sells various types of steel, plastics, piping and other products for commercial and retail use, is proudly celebrating its 75th year.
"It feels nice. It's still one of the very few small companies that's actually family-owned in the area," Howard said. "We thought it was quite a [mile]stone to celebrate."

Rippey called out on vacancy vote

June 19, 2011

Jay Township Supervisor Jeremy Rippey came under fire from a township resident during the supervisors' meeting Thursday evening for voting at a past meeting to approve fellow supervisor Francis Gustafson to a position on the Jay Township Water Authority when a township resident had also submitted a letter of interest in the position. Gustafson had also voted for himself at that time, providing the other necessary vote to allow him to fill the vacancy.

Supervisors plan to hold weekly work staff meetings

June 19, 2011

At a Jay Township Supervisors meeting earlier this year, remarks had been made that it was not appropriate for the township's three supervisors to hold a weekly work schedule meeting during the working hours of supervisor Murray Lilley, who also works for the township. The supervisors began holding the meetings after eliminating the township's roadmaster position, which Lilley had previously held. Lilley was then subsequently hired to fill a maintenance position with the township, with the supervisors as a group determining employees' work schedules.

Sign thefts plague Jay Township

June 19, 2011

According to Jay Township Supervisor Francis Gustafson, the township loses around $1,500 to $1,600 a year replacing stolen or damaged road signs.
"We just put new ones up on the hill and they're all busted," Gustafson said.
He asked his fellow supervisors Murray Lilley and Jeremy Rippey if they had any suggestions on how to combat the reoccurring problem.

June 17th

School choice a hot topic in Pennsylvania

June 17, 2011

School choice is currently a hot topic in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, according to Amy Hill, communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Hill was the main speaker at a news conference held Friday afternoon at DuBois Area Catholic School regarding Senate Bill 1.
"Senate Bill 1 is a good sort of stepping-off place when we're talking about school choice in Pennsylvania right now," Hill said. "The bill aims to increase the very successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which has been in existence for about 10 years now."

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