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May 27th, 2011
The budget proposed by the state House of Representatives would cut 10 percent of critical funding for services to victims of abuse and rape, forcing nonprofit organizations like CAPSEA, Inc. [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual & Emotional Abuse] to make serious cutbacks, according to CAPSEA Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant.
CAPSEA also provides legal assistance for people living in poverty to address such needs as home foreclosures, disability benefits, and homeless assistance.
According to Weyant this cut would revert the organization back to its 1998 budget level.
A regular collection for paint and pesticides will once again get under way this year, starting Wednesday from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. Area residents utilizing the collection are asked to first stop at the Community Recycling Center to inform volunteers that they have material to drop off.
Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner explained that this is necessary because, for the time being, paint and pesticides will still need to be dropped off near the electronics recycling location, which is where the material was collected last year.
Acting at a North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] board meeting Wednesday morning, officials green-lighted a loan proposal to allow the sale of Love's Canoe Rental & Sales.
The real estate property was purchased by Miranda Neville and Steven Putt of Country Squirrel Outfitters, LLC, located in Canon City, Colo.
ST. MARYS â€“ The upcoming expansion and renovation at Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC) is designed to modernize many services and enhance the level of patient care and satisfaction for residents of Elk and Cameron counties and surrounding communities.
A group of Make-A-Wish supporters headed up by St. Marys residents Nancy O'Vell and Leah Leuschel is planning to hold their first annual canoe dice run on Saturday, June 11. The event is slated to begin at Lazy River Canoe Rental along Main Street in Ridgway and will end in Portland Mills.
Registration will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the last dice rolls will take place at 5 p.m. sharp. There is a small registration fee.
O'Vell explained that the idea to hold a canoe dice run "came out of the blue" when she and her husband, Roger, attended a recent canoe race in Emporium.
Nature Abounds will be assisting the Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] in an effort to monitor the water quality of the streams for the Elk County Monitoring Project.
Nature Abounds is a nonprofit organization located in Clearfield that serves as a center for people to connect with like-minded individuals interested in protecting the environment and taking action toward creating a healthier environment.
The Ridgway Area School District held a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon to accept the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Tom Butler.
The board voted unanimously in favor of accepting Butler's resignation after discussing the matter in a 45-minute executive session.
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series on the renovation and expansion project at Elk Regional Health Center.
ST. MARYS - Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC), set to begin its $10.3 million renovation and expansion in the next month, has pursued several avenues of funding for the project.
The Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Resident (PEER) program was recently implemented at Silver Creek Terrace in St. Marys. Through the program, eight residents of the facility participated in 10 hours of training conducted two hours at a time over the course of five weeks. A graduation ceremony for these individuals was held in March.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney provided numerous program and maintenance updates, as well as congratulatory comments, during this month's school board meeting.
A concert was held recently at the high school, with proceeds benefitting the Chris Forster Memorial Scholarship Fund. Students raised $800 for the fund. Kearney said she appreciated the work of Zak Brenniman, Evan Gerg and Ben Schneider for their musical entertainment at the event.