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February 18th, 2011

Schneider issues 2010 fire report

February 18, 2011

John M. Schneider, fire chief of the Jay Township Volunteer Fire Co., attended Thursday evening's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors to deliver the department's 2010 fire report.
According to Schneider, the department responded to 95 calls during 2010 within Jay and Benezette townships.

February 17th

Jay Township to discuss drilling concerns

February 17, 2011

Jay Township Supervisor Francis Gustafson informed township residents on Thursday evening that he would like to get a group together to discuss looking into how to protect the township's resources in the face of increased drilling by the Marcellus Shale industry.
"I figured we'd bring it up a little bit at each meeting to see if anybody's interested," Gustafson said.
He explained that the township recently obtained a copy of a draft ordinance prepared by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).

Program helps foster communication within families

February 17, 2011

Healthy communication between children and their parents is always important, but sometimes the communication foundation begins to crumble when children enter their preteen and young teen years. During that time, children are challenged not only by the changes occurring as they enter puberty, but also by increased peer pressure to engage in risky behavior such as using drugs and alcohol. Simultaneously, their changing lives may cause them to become more withdrawn and less willing to engage in conversation with their parents or guardians.

Students hop around for muscular dystrophy

February 17, 2011

Recently kindergarten and fifth grade students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School teamed up to raise funds for the school's annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Hop-A-Thon.
This year, students succeeded in collecting $694 during a two-week period. Each kindergartner was asked to collect at least five donations.
"The kids were very excited about the event and were happy to be able to help someone else that couldn't enjoy the simple pleasures of life like we can," said SMCE kindergarten teacher Laura Kuntz, event coordinator.

February 16th

Current ordinance may provide good foundation for restricting drilling

February 16, 2011

Regulating the areas within the City of St. Marys where gas and oil drilling can take place may be as simple as modifying a portion of the city code, according to some members of city council and the city's planning commission.
During a joint meeting between the two groups on Tuesday evening, planning commission members remarked that they believed the portion of the city code related to mining, quarrying and related processing facilities, which prohibits the exploration of minerals in certain areas, should be applicable to oil and gas drilling as well.

PennDOT working to patch SR 120

February 16, 2011

Travelers who have experienced a bumpy ride on state Route 120 lately will be glad to know that the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is working to patch the many potholes that have appeared as a result of the cold and snowy winter weather.
Greg Sayers, Elk County maintenance manager for PennDOT's District 2-0, said his office has been aware of the numerous potholes that recently developed and he has been out several times in the past week to review the road.

School board approves personnel

February 16, 2011

The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this month’s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing, if applicable.
A resignation was approved for Patricia McLaughlin of St. Marys from the St. Marys Area Middle School cafeteria, effective Jan. 28, 2011; and under supplemental contracts, Christopher Gankosky as marching band director at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

Marcellus Shale drilling concern continues

February 16, 2011

Concern for Marcellus Shale drilling was expressed by Elk County Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship (C.A.R.E.S.) member Rick Glover during Tuesday's Ridgway Township Supervisor's meeting.
Glover attended Tuesday's meeting to receive an update on any zoning ordinances to prevent the drilling.
“As a township, you cannot say,'hey, you can't drill five hundred feet from a person's house,'” Glover said. “You cannot say that, but you can set up a zoning ordinance to state that there is no drilling.”

February 15th

Area codes under fire

February 15, 2011

RIDGWAY – Possible changes to the local telephone area code system were the focal point of discussions Tuesday during an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting.
John Balliet, director of Taxpayers United for Representation Now [TURN] from DuBois, discussed the proposed new 582 area code being suggested by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission [PUC].

City looking into drilling ordinance

February 15, 2011

As gas and oil drilling becomes more prevalent throughout the area, municipalities are making the necessary efforts to attempt to ensure that their natural resources are protected. The City of St. Marys is no exception, and on Tuesday evening members of city council and the planning commission held a joint meeting to discuss the best way to move forward implementing oil and gas drilling restrictions within the city.

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