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May 4th, 2011
Fifth graders from the St. Marys Area School District recently visited the St. Marys Area Middle School to take part in an orientation program to prepare them for their transition to the middle school in the fall. Part of that orientation program included a trip to the school's outdoor classroom.
Pam Patterson, the Biology 2 teacher at the St. Marys Area High School, supervised the program at the outdoor classroom and was assisted by several ninth graders from the high school.
Elk County Waterways Conservation Officer Thomas McMann presented the annual report from the PA Fish and Boat Commission for District 5046 during a recent community affairs meeting at the East Branch Clarion River Lake.
The report cites various statistics, activities and accomplishments within the district and covers activities conducted by the assigned Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO).
"Elk County is a remote and diversified district," McMann said. "Being the only Waterways Conservation Officer in the county, I have many people to thank for their help."
Elk County commissioners held off on any announcements pertaining to the acquisition of the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC] facility, but said Tuesday morning that a formal announcement will be made at their next board meeting Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
The facility will be used as the county's new 911 Center and the acquisition and relocation of equipment comes without any increases whatsoever to the county's taxpayers.
According to an affidavit of probable cause released by District Judge Donald Wilhelm on Tuesday afternoon, two St. Marys Area High School students were charged with third-degree misdemeanors in relation to an incident that took place at Elk County Catholic High School on the morning of April 28.
For the second year in a row, Northwest Savings Bank has been honored by J.D. Power and Associates. The bank was recently informed that it has repeated as holding the highest ranking in customer satisfaction for retail banking in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The rankings were recently released by J.D. Power and Associates in the company's 2011 Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction Survey.
The Elk County Prison Board continued a recent trend Tuesday morning by continuing to update existing policies used at the Elk County Prison.
"We have additional policies that have been updated since our last meeting that need to be approved as well," said Elk County Prison Warden Gregory J. Gebauer.
The updated policies pertain to staffing from an administrative standpoint; security issues, including commitment/recommitment, use of force (taser use) and instruments of restraint; and treatment involving healthcare and suicide prevention, screening and response.
As part of the spring 2011 project/community affairs meeting at East Branch Clarion River Lake, several organization representatives presented updates on an array of topics tied in with the dam.
Also at the meeting, Elk County Commissioner Ron Beimel said the county has been holding monthly Marcellus Shale committee meetings in which a combination of state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) personnel, representatives from drilling companies, environmentalists and concerned citizens attend. Fellow Commissioner June Sorg chairs the meetings.
Members of St. Marys City Council discussed a zoning ordinance amendment to the city's ordinance on oil and gas development during their meeting on Monday evening. The draft of the amendment was recommended by the St. Marys Planning Commission.
City Zoning Officer Matt Pfeufer attended the council meeting and explained that the amendment draft was essentially the same as what was presented to council and the planning commission at the two groups' joint meeting on March 29.
During the recent annual briefing on the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative, Ta Brant, PA Wilds Small Business Ombudsman, presented a recap of the past year and an update on current programs.
"Things are definitely happening in our region," Brant emphasized. "One of the keys is to balance nature and commerce."
In recognition of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (May 3, 2011) and National Mental Health Awareness Month (May), officials at Dickinson Center recently outlined a variety of programs geared toward alleviating symptoms of mental illness within families.
"There are numerous programs within Dickinson that we provide to children and to families," said Sara Stauffer, program director for family-based services. "We go in and work with all the family members and all the children to help improve their mental health symptoms and functions within the family.