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November 8th, 2011
Once again, donations are being sought for the âChristmas in Kentuckyâ program, established by St. Marys resident Laura Kuntz.
For the past 16 years, Kuntz, a kindergarten teacher at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School, has been collecting Christmas gifts and making the 10-hour-trip to Beattyville, K.Y., in Lee County, where a local contact helps in distributing the donated gifts.
Each year, Kuntz and a Kentucky-based social worker compile wish lists for numerous needy families.
âThis community works in spreading the joys of Christmas beyond the St. Marys area,â Kuntz said.
This yearâs November and December performances by the Elk County Concert Choir will be showcasing a unique take on traditional Christmas carols.
Along with the expertise of Principal Director Gloria Almquist-Shull, fellow choir members Lois Sadley, Co-Director, and Rita Ordiway, Accompanist, strategically selected the "Tapestry of Light: a Celtic Christmas Celebration "for their upcoming Christmas season showings.
There will be no tax increase in the City of St. Marys' 2012 budget. On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council approved to publish the 2012 budget, which includes the same millage rate as last year at 18.3.
City Manager Dave Greene explained the city will see a 42 percent increase in hospitalization for 2012. This will result in the city going from paying $600,000 in insurance premiums to just under $1 million.
ST. MARYS - The Elk-Cameron Board of Realtors recently gifted the Bodien family of Ridgway with various household goods to replace items destroyed in an Aug. 13 house fire at their Fremont Avenue home.
In addressing unfinished business matters, the Fox Township supervisors discussed the request from Jay Township to form a partnership in sharing a Code Enforcement Officer and Sewage Enforcement Officer. Jay supervisors noted they have three other proposals to review, but were awaiting Fox Twp.'s response.
The supervisors agreed to inform the Jay Twp. supervisors that they are not interested in the partnership at this time, but may revisit the topic in the future.
As of Jan. 1, 2012, legislation signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett requiring unemployment compensation (UC) claimants to register with CareerLink to verify they are actively searching for work via the PA CareerLink system in order to continue receiving benefits will take effect. With the law's enactment, Pennsylvania will be the last state in the nation to adopt the work search stipulation.
ST. MARYS - Due to popular demand from area residents, Elk Regional Health Systemâs âKeepsake Programâ is offering angel Christmas tree ornaments for purchase by area residents.
Through the program, several ornaments at different price points are offered for purchase in memory of a loved one. The ornaments are displayed on trees in the lobbies of Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC) and Pinecrest Manor and may be taken home afterward.
In an effort to prevent further thefts of road signs, Fox Township chose to install surveillance cameras at various intersections throughout the township.
The tactic has worked, as five people are currently awaiting their preliminary hearings, all of whom were caught stealing signs on July 15, 2011. The group includes a mixture of three adults and two juveniles.
"From January 1, 2011 to July 1, 2011, we had just under $2,200 worth of signs stolen," said Fox Twp. Supervisor and Public Works Director Randy Gradizzi.
A grassroots movement is taking place in Elk County and beyond. No, the campaign has nothing to do with occupying Wall Street, but rather aims to "bring the cow home." The cow being referred to is a 15-foot tall, fiberglass cow that stood for many years in front of the Ayrshire Dairy on the Old Kersey Road in Kersey. The cow, now in Reedsville, Pa., became a local landmark and roadside attraction. It was commonly used as a photo op for families and tourists who posed for pictures with it when visiting the dairy.
The Fox Township Supervisors addressed a variety of new and old business items during their Wednesday evening meeting.
Among items approved were the installation of a streetlight, the purchase of a new township sign, correspondence items and payment of bills totaling $244,361,63.
Resident Jim Chorney's request was approved to have a streetlight installed near 163 Skyline Drive. The request comes as he explained to the supervisors that a bus driver has expressed concern that it is very dark in the area, making it difficult to see the two young girls who board the bus.