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July 28th, 2011

Jay supervisors discuss roads, tax collector

July 29, 2011

During the most recent Jay Township Supervisors meeting, several residents expressed concern over the dry, dusty roads, some requesting them to be watered down.
Jim Burke said he spoke to State Representative Matt Gabler's office about the installation of a cell phone tower in the township. He added there is a site available for land acquisition which may make an ideal location.
"A cell phone tower for the valley is long overdue," Burke said.
Supervisor Francis Gustafson said he would like to see a group of 4-5 volunteers look such a project.

July 27th

Transportation focal point of North Central meeting

July 28, 2011

Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Barry J. Schoch made a conference call Wednesday morning to board members at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] to discuss possibilities handed down from the governor's funding advisory commission.
The funding advisory commission was reportedly formed to study various transportation issues plaguing the state, including new ways to fund the many transportation needs of the commonwealth.

Learning center receives facelift

July 28, 2011

The West Creek Wetland Learning Center located along West Creek Road in St. Marys has undergone major improvements to its landscape, making for a more enjoyable educational experience.
"We have been spending a lot of time out there this past month," said Elk County Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine.
The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the center ready for its grand opening on Sept. 28.

Council discusses fracking ordinance

July 28, 2011

During a recent City Council meeting, several topics were discussed, including instituting a set of mandates to protect against water fracking and a proposed increase in the Elk County Tax Collection Committee.
Councilman Dick Dornisch brought up discussion regarding the need to protect water sources in our area, specifically those located on private property.
He noted that a city taskforce focused on Marcellus Shale activity "came up with a set of rules that are pretty decent" regarding fracking in the city.

July 26th

Residents receive water shutoff messages in error

July 27, 2011

In the days leading up to Tuesday, residents throughout St. Marys and Fox Township received automated phone messages from the St. Marys Water Authority informing them that their water would be shut off on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. According to water authority secretary Dorothy Meyer, many of those calls were sent out by mistake.
“We have a new automated system that will call customers in an affected area,” Meyer explained.

Residents receive water shutoff messages in error

July 27, 2011

In the days leading up to Tuesday, residents throughout St. Marys and Fox Township received automated phone messages from the St. Marys Water Authority informing them that their water would be shut off on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. According to water authority secretary Dorothy Meyer, many of those calls were sent out by mistake.
“We have a new automated system that will call customers in an affected area,” Meyer explained.

Benezette, Dagus Mines post offices under review by USPS

July 27, 2011

The United States Postal Service (USPS) released a list on Tuesday afternoon of around 3,700 post office locations across the United States that are currently under review for possible closure. Of those locations, two are in Elk County: Benezette and Dagus Mines.
In a release issued Tuesday by the USPS on its website, the organization discussed the reasoning behind its review of the offices.

Blast in the Burg expected to draw large crowd

July 26, 2011

Area spectators will have the opportunity to witness performances by eight open class drum corps at Blast in the Burg II, taking place Thursday, Aug. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at Memorial Field in Johnsonburg.

Body of brave soldier back home in Kane

July 26, 2011

By Ted Lutz
Republican Staff
Ken VanGiesen is home again.
The body of the 30-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan last week arrived in Kane shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday following an emotional procession from the Bradford Airport in Lafayette Township.
An estimated 85 patriotic motorcycle riders accompanied the cortege, which included two military vans for the soldier's family and a hearse that carried the body to the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home along South Fraley Street.

District hires superintendent

July 26, 2011

The Ridgway Area School District held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to appoint Dr. Michael O'Brien as the new superintendent.
Dr. Tom Butler attended his last RASD school board meeting to congratulate and welcome Dr. O'Brien to his new role with the school district.
"It's been a joy, this is a great school district and I know Dr. O'Brien and his wife will be welcomed to the community," Butler said. "You will have a great time."
The board voted unanimously in favor of appointing O'Brien as superintendent, effective Aug. 9, 2011 and ending Aug. 8, 2014, at a salary of $115,000.

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