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September 23rd, 2011
In speaking to those assembled at Thursday's meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force at the St. Marys Area Middle School, speakers Professor Ross Pifer of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and attorney Tom Wagner of Meyer and Wagner in St. Marys discussed resources and legal precedents surrounding the possibility of water contamination as a result of Marcellus Shale drilling.
The Elk County Gas Task Force's meeting Thursday night at the St. Marys Area Middle School drew landowners from across the region hoping to better understand the resources at their disposal, as well as their rights as property owners in the Marcellus Shale era.
Guest speakers Tom Wagner, Esq., of Meyer and Wagner in St. Marys, and Professor Ross Pifer of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, spoke with attendees about various legal aspects dealing with Marcellus Shale, beginning with the initial stages of lease negotiations.
ST. MARYS - The Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC), an organization dedicated to providing postsecondary educational opportunities and professional and workforce development in the region, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
CEC past and present employees, board members and stakeholders attended a luncheon sponsored by the Stackpole Hall Foundation on Tuesday at the Diamond View Restaurant in St. Marys to mark the occasion. CEC Executive Director Kris Kronenwetter welcomed attendees to the event.
The St. Marys Area United Way is counting on local residents to help their community by contributing to the organization's 2011 goal of $205,000.
The annual fall United Way kickoff campaign launched recently as part of the inaugural class of the 2011 Leadership Elk County (LEC) program held at Camp Kaelber.
St. Marys Area United Way Executive Director Sherron McGowan and UW Board of Directors President Becky Piccolo were in attendance, both of whom addressed members of the class.
McGowan encouraged the new LEC class to adopt the United Way's tagline of, "Give. Advocate. Volunteer."
On Monday morning, representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), responding to calls from Jay Township residents, arrived at and assessed the Caledonia Bridge refurbishment project for any impropriety and possible environmental hazards or offenses.
At last Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, the cleaning and re-painting of the bridge was the subject of much controversy among residents and supervisors.
Elk County commissioners tabled tentative agreements on Tuesday with the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission for technical support.
The agreements were $6,150 for 12 months for the county and a pact for $18,450 for 12 months for the county's 911 facility.
ST. MARYS - The area's newest quilting store, Tangled Threads, is opening its doors for business today.
Located at 63 Erie Ave. in St. Marys, the new store offers an array of fabrics, including cotton, flannel and batiks, which are hand-dyed fabrics made by using wax as a dye and often resemble watercolor designs.
Additional quilting supplies and notions such as needles, thread, pins, buttons, tape and trims are available for purchase, as well as books and patterns.
During Monday's St. Marys City Council meeting, a brief public hearing was held as part of the 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Tina Gradizzi, community and economic development coordinator, announced that this year's projects consist of street reconstruction and improvements.
The CDBG Entitlement Program helps to financially assist municipalities with numerous community development needs and principally benefits low- and moderate-income citizens.
A preliminary injunction in favor of oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) will stand.
In a ruling announced Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit endorsed a preliminary injunction issued in December 2009 by U.S. District Court Judge Sean McLaughlin in Erie.
That injunction enjoins the U.S. Forest Service from preparing a study under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as a â€śpre-conditionâ€ť for drilling oil and gas wells in the ANF.
On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council approved the real estate sale for land in the St. Marys Industrial Park at the airport on which a new business, SMC Powder Metallurgy of St. Marys, Inc. plans to construct a facility.
The purchase price of the land was $203,300 and includes one entire lot and a portion of another. The new business plans to create 200 jobs.
As part of this transaction, the city has been working with the St. Marys Soccer Association in finding a new location for their five fields, which are currently situated on the land.