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October 26th, 2011
KERSEY â€“ North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] officials called to mind highlights of fiscal year 2010 Wednesday during their executive committee meeting and annual dinner at The Red Fern in Kersey.
Beginning today all St. Marys Area School District students have the opportunity to enjoy a free breakfast once a month as part of an effort to promote the district's breakfast program as well as raise awareness about the importance of starting each day with a health meal.
SMASD Food Service Director Jennifer Asti said the monthly free breakfasts will continue throughout the remainder of the school year and will be held the last Thursday of each month, unless that date falls on a school holiday when it will be bumped up a week.
The Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce invites all to join them for the 55th Annual Membership Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway.
The fundraising committee of the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce held a meeting Monday night to fine tune preparations for the big event.
The focus of this year's autumn-themed dinner is to recognize the 16 new members to the Chamber.
"This year we are focusing on recognizing our members and to give a little extra recognition to our new members who have joined since 2011," said administrative assistant Mary Kucenski.
ST. MARYS - The owner of the pitbull found shot last week in the Lake City area said the dog was "family" to him and he shot it because it was attacking his fiancee and would not respond to his commands to stop.
Jeremiah Wickett, 35, of Lake City, said he had raised the dog, Ganja, a six-year-old half-pit bull, half-bull mastiff, from a puppy. He said he and his fiancee, Michelle Oertly, 34, also of Lake City, were standing on their front porch on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 18 engaged in a play "wrestling" match when the dog attacked Oertly, latching on to her left leg.
RIDGWAY â€“ According to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, close to 200 tons of material have likely come through the Community Recycling Center over the course of the past year. Not only is the county's recycling program thriving, but the program's budget is also no longer in the dire straits it was a year ago.
"We are no longer bleeding red, which is incredible," Titchner said.
State Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) will be hosting a number of meetings intended to address concerns held by his constituency, specifically those pertaining to veterans' affairs and new transportation regulations for truck drivers.
Truck drivers' meeting
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine reported no abnormal findings for the Elk County Monitoring Project during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting.
"I haven't found anything abnormal," Bonfardine said. "Each of the streams I have been looking at have different conductivity rates in them, but that's normal. I haven't discovered anything outrageous."
Dr. Bruce Dickson of AGES, Inc. [Applied Geology and Environmental Science] is assisting Bonfardine in the project.
Nearly 20 local residents, senior citizens, business owners and employees were in attendance at a special parking meeting held Monday evening at City Hall. St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer and City Councilman Dick Dornisch hosted the meeting, during which attendees discussed their concerns and potential solutions to parking in downtown St. Marys.
The Elk County Conservation District approved the proposed 2012 budget during Monday night's regular meeting.
District officials budgeted $190,897 for the 2012 fiscal year with a three-percent raise for employees.
An executive session was held prior to the meeting to discuss the budget.
"We went over some numbers and I think we came up with a fairly well-balanced budget," Braun said.
Braun said the decision for the three-percent wage increase was based off of what county officials were doing.
Ruthanne Glatt Herzing, a St. Marys native who moved to Harrisburg in 1996, has created a Facebook page called "If you grew up in St. Marys, Pa., you remember..." The page is intended to offer other area natives a chance to share their memories, experiences and reconnect people not only with each other, but also with their childhood memories.
Herzing started the page after being introduced to the idea by friends of hers who were fans of their own hometown pages. She decided to create a page catering to both former and current residents of St. Marys and Elk County.