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Sinnemahoning Watershed Grant Program rejected

January 31, 2011

Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine announced during last night's Elk County Conservation District meeting that two grants had been rejected for the Sinnemahoning Watershed Grant Program.
The Sinnemahoning Watershed Grant Program is managed by the Headwaters RC&D Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Committee to distribute funds derived from a civil settlement between the state Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] and Norfolk Southern Railway as a result of a sodium hydroxide spill that took place on June 30, 2006 within the Sinnemahoning Watershed.

Decision pending in forest drilling appeal

January 31, 2011

A decision is pending in the appeal of a preliminary injunction that 13 months ago cleared the way for the resumption of oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).
A panel of three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit heard the appeal last Thursday in the Collins J. Seitz Courtroom in the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. Judges serving on the panel included Julio Fuentes, Michael Chagares and Jane Roth.

January 30th

Chamber awards Businesses of the Year

January 31, 2011

The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce recognized the 2010 Businesses of the Year during the organization's 27th annual dinner held Saturday evening at the Red Fern.
Northwest Savings Bank and The Elk County Community Foundation took home top honors in the large and small business categories, respectively. Runners-up included Community Nurses, Inc. (large) and the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home (small).

Cheering up a frenzy

January 31, 2011

A sizable crowd gathered at Elk County Catholic High School on Saturday morning for the seventh annual ECC Cheer Frenzy.
According to Marlene Stubber, competition director, 14 teams participated in this year's event.
"I was very happy [with the turnout]. I think the gym was full and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun," Stubber said. "The teams had clean performances [Saturday], which is always a nice bonus. All the team members worked so hard and it's nice to see when they can hit their routine to the best of their ability, and I think we had a lot of clean routines."

Rendezvous turns 12

January 31, 2011

This February, the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous will turn 12 years old. The popular event runs from Feb. 19-26.
While the event has evolved over the years, so has the planning, as committee members' efficiency constantly improves.

One-stop shop at The Sugarcane

January 31, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – The Sugarcane, at 418 Center St. in downtown Johnsonburg, is bringing a big-city approach to the Paper City.
The Sugarcane is not only a fresh-cut floral shop, but a one-stop shop for specialty items, offering everything from high-end bath and body products and candles to silk arrangements, with gifts at affordable prices.
"We are proud to announce we are going to be the exclusive provider of B&G Organics, which are handmade bath and body products from the Carolinas," said Joyce DeVallance, owner and manager. "We will be the only one in the region to carry these."

January 28th

Zumba fitness craze sweeping St. Marys

January 29, 2011

Touted as a "fitness party," the Zumba workout program is gaining popularity across the country, as well as on a local level. Licensed Zumba instructor Brandi Benden teaches classes four days a week at the St. Marys Boys and Girls Club, while fellow certified instructor and Curves of St. Marys owner Peggi Yeager plans to incorporate Zumba classes into the gym's circuit beginning on Feb. 10.

Daley retires from probation office

January 29, 2011

Jerry W. Daley, assistant chief probation officer for Elk County, was awarded a citation Friday from State Rep. Matt Gabler in recognition of his retirement and 24 years of public service.
“I'd like to present this citation, whereas the House of Representatives of Pa. has always tried to acknowledge those individuals who give professional excellence and bring great credit to themselves and this Commonwealth,” Gabler said.

Pre'vous' the Rendezvous

January 29, 2011

With the 12th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous scheduled for Feb. 19-26, Jeff Androsky, an official from a production company based in Los Angeles, passed through town Friday in an effort to capture carvers immersed in their trade.

January 27th

Residents utilizing Community Recycling Center

January 27, 2011

Bekki Titchner, county recycling/solid waste coordinator, gave fellow members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority a status update on the Community Recycling Center's operations since its official opening in October 2010.
She informed the authority that the first check had been received for recyclables sent out from the Community Recycling Center.
The check, for the first 13 1/2 tons of various fiber materials, was for $385.
"It was a mix of corrugated and office paper and newsprint and magazines," Titchner said. "It averages about $28 or $29 a ton across the board for that stuff."

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