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May 2nd, 2011
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.
State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) presented a citation to the Penn-Elk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) during the group's 90th anniversary luncheon, which was held at The Red Fern in Fox Township on Saturday afternoon.
The chapter was originally formed on April 17, 1920; however, it was not officially chartered until April 17, 1921.
Gabler began by expressing his appreciation to the group for all that they do.
The Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] plans to turn the West Creek Wetlands into an outdoor education center.
The district has $19,389.87 from remaining grant monies to improve the wetlands.
During a special parent presentation on current drug trends presented by representatives of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services at St. Marys Area High School on Wednesday evening, St. Marys Area High School counselor Molly Wehler and St. Marys Area High School nurse Julie Chicola discussed the recent safety searches that were conducted at the high school and middle school, as well as the proper procedure that should be followed by students who need to take prescription medication during the school day.
KANE - McKean County already is reaping the economic benefits of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
But an even larger windfall may lie ahead for the county when drillers tap the deeper Utica Shale for gas.
Speaking Friday at a Kane Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum at the Kane Manor, Bob Veilleux said McKean County is â€śwell-situatedâ€ť for the anticipated Utica Shale drilling.
Veilleux is the economic and community development educator for the Penn State Extension that serves McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter counties.
Cellphone users who are in a panic thinking that their mobile phone numbers will be released to telemarketers and other third parties can rest easy-- this persistent rumor is unfounded.
The Elk County Planning Department was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] to host a rain barrel workshop.
â€śI was notified yesterday [Tuesday] from DEP,â€ť said Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator. â€śIt's not a whole lot of money, but there is not a lot of grant money out there right now, so it was nice to know we got that award."
Foster said the workshop is in conjunction with the storm water management plan.
The Elk County Planning Department recently procured a $138,000 grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the Pa. Accessible Housing Program.
The program will provide approximately 8-10 accessibility modifications to residents in Elk, Cameron, McKean and Potter counties.
â€śWe anticipate doing two to three projects per county in order to disperse that money,â€ť said Richard Gavazzi, housing specialist for Elk County Planning Department. â€śWhich is great.â€ť
Gavazzi initially requested approximately $266,320 for the program.