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August 24th, 2014
The 2014-2015 school year begins on Tuesday, and as part of a new endeavor to make faculty, staff, students, and visitors more cognizant of the fragrances of products they use and how those odors impact those around them, the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS) has adopted a new Scent-Free Environment Policy.
ECCSS President Sam MacDonald explained that the policy came about due to an increasing number of individuals within the school system experiencing reactions to certain scented products.
Retention pond upkeep, emergency management update, airport wish list, and a City Manager's report were all items discussed recently by St. Marys City Council.
Councilman Greg Gebauer mentioned the new PennDOT installed retention ponds are not done yet and already have weeds in them about four feet high with sunflowers growing on them. He speculated when PennDOT is finished with that portion of the project the weeds are likely to be over six feet tall. These are weeds from the dirt already placed in the pond.
Summer is officially over â€“ at least as far as the St. Marys Community Pool is concerned. The pool officially closed for the year on Sunday evening, ending a summer season that did not got exactly as hoped, at least in terms of the weather.
Sitting at one of the picnic tables in the pool's snack bar area just after 2 p.m., outgoing pool manager Greg Snelick watched as only a handful of people enjoyed an afternoon at the pool for the final time this summer.
During a recent City Council work session, a proposal was introduced to create a budget line item for the next three years to set aside a small amount of funds to prepare for St. Marys 175th anniversary in 2017.
According to Councilmen Ned Jacob, who suggested the idea, the funds would be utilized to help with any parade, carnival or festival which may take place.
Councilwoman Sally Geyer voiced her complete opposition to the idea.
"That should be up to the committee that is going to do that not up to council in 2014," Geyer said.
Mary Parziale Bentz, of Washington, D.C. and formerly of Brockway, recently released a book with her husband Richard entitled "We Remember Them: A Biographical Supplement for Fatal Dive."
"We Remember Them" contains biographies of the crew of the World War II submarine the USS Grunion, which sunk near the Japanese-occupied Aleutian Island of Kiska on July 30, 1942.
Though the exact cause of the Grunion's demise remains unknown, it is believed that a confrontation occurred between the Grunion and a Japanese ship.
The Elk County Commissioners released a statement late Thursday morning in response to reports concerning an investigation into the county's Sheriff's department. The statement was signed by commissioners Jan Kemmer, June Sorg, and Dan Freeburg. It reads:
The Board of County Commissioners of Elk County offers the following responses to quotations appearing in the local newspaper accounts of a pending investigation of the Elk County Sheriff's Department:
As part of its annual legislative tour, Elk County Farm Bureau members discussed several issues of importance impacting the agricultural industry currently being debated by state legislators.
Among the Farm Bureau's top concerns are pension reform, accountability of gas well operators and surface landowners and exemption from state sales tax for timbering operations.
"We work on legislation vital to agriculture, but also to all walks of life in Pa.," said Elk County Farm Bureau Governmental Relations Director Ernie Mattiuz.
As often seems to happen with events held at Memorial Park, the forecast called for rain on Wednesday evening but instead the weather ended up being perfect for the park staff's KanJam for Cancer tournament. Fifteen two-person teams competed in the double-elimination tournament, and a number of other spectators showed up to watch the action.
JAY TWP. â€“ Several Jay Township residents aired concerns over the EQT gas well to be installed near Byrnes Run at Thursday night's regular meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors.
Residents are concerned that EQT, which was granted a permit to drill by DEP, will be drilling too close to the watershed.
MT. JEWETT â€“ "It's a red-letter day in McKean County."
This is the message from Linda Devlin, who joined with state dignitaries Thursday in the ground-breaking ceremony for the long-awaited Visitors Center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett.
Devlin, executive director of the Bradford-based Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau, has played a major role in building state and local support for the project.