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January 7th, 2011

New year brings Rendezvous

January 8, 2011

With the new year comes the 12th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, as organizers are preparing for the weeklong event.
"It's coming together pretty well and we have about 130 carvers signed up so far, which is pretty much par for the course," Liz Boni, co-owner of Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and the main organizer of the event.
The Rendezvous is scheduled for Feb. 19-26.

Annual Report provides overview of district

January 8, 2011

St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney presented information pertaining to various statistics inside the Superintendent Annual Report.
Entitled "Second Year...Changes and Challenges," the report will soon be available for viewing online at www.smasd.org.
"I've learned a lot in the past 18 months," Kearney said. "I think we've accomplished a lot this year."
Enrollment for the 2010-11 school year has decreased by 40 students in comparison from last year. This marks the lowest the district's enrollment has ever been since 1969.

Supervisors hold special meeting

January 7, 2011

The Jay Township Supervisors held a special meeting on Friday morning to clarify decisions that were made at their reorganizational meeting early in the week, particularly the decision to eliminate the township's roadmaster position.
It was announced that all three supervisors will now work together to set up a work schedule for the township's road crew. The supervisors were unsure if this would be done on a monthly basis at their regular meetings or if they would be able to do it weekly.

January 6th

SMASD receives funding, recognized for test scores

January 6, 2011

St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney acknowledged the SMASD Board of School Directors during Thursday evening's workshop in observance of School Board Appreciation Month.
Students from various schools throughout the district created a large homemade book for each school board member. They also received a glass globe with a light inside, as well as a certificate from the Pennsylvania School Board Association in recognition of their service to the district.
"I hope you keep the light of knowledge going," Kearney said. "We appreciate all of your time and effort."

Woodbed Corp. facility a concern for Wilson Road residents

January 6, 2011

On Monday evening, several residents from Wilson Road came before city council to voice their side of an issue that ultimately boils down to the close proximity between the residential and industrial zones in that area of the city.

Fox supervisors address new items

January 6, 2011

The Fox Township Supervisors briefly addressed the possibility of amending the township's zoning ordinance to address windmills and gas drilling wells.
They discussed holding a work session to obtain public input on the issue.
Supervisor Randy Gradizzi said that many of the entities involved must come before the board to obtain a conditional use permit. It is at that time that the township can establish specific property setbacks.
"We need to get rolling on this. It's needed," Gradizzi said.

January 5th

Final CDBG public hearing held

January 5, 2011

The second and final public hearing for the solicitation of public comments concerning projects funded through the money the city receives from its 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application was held earlier this week, though no one other than mayor Sally Geyer posed any questions to Tina Gradizzi, Community and Economic Development Coordinator.

Hospital fares well in recent report

January 5, 2011

Elk Regional Health Center remains on target in regard to mortality and re-admission rates, according to a recently released report issued by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). The report examines hospital outcomes for the previous calendar year.

County puts soup kettle up for donation

January 5, 2011

The Elk County Commissioners announced during Tuesday morning's meeting that they will be placing a 20-gallon soup kettle up for donation.
“It is not the conventional kettle,” said commissioner Dan Freeburg. “It's a free-standing unit with a gas burner beneath it; it's a self-heating unit like you would see in an industrial kitchen and it had a value of over $2,000 when it was new and it actually has not been used at all, maybe one time.”
The soup kettle has been stored in the Elk County Prison for a number of years and was at one time put up for bid.

January 4th

Gabler sworn in for second term

January 5, 2011

State Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Elk/Clearfield, was sworn in for his second term representing the 75th Legislative District in the state House at a ceremony held at the Capitol Tuesday.
Gabler, who was re-elected by a significant majority in the November election, said he will continue to focus on fiscal accountability and smart government spending as legislative priorities during his sophomore term.
"What I think is that there's an opportunity to use the money we have more efficiently," Gabler said. "It's got to be a question of priorities."

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