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January 29th, 2014
With elevated levels of radon affecting almost half of Pennsylvania homes and being the second leading cause of lung cancer in the state, residents are encouraged now more than ever to have their homes tested for the colorless, odorless, radioactive gas.
Wally Hanes of Hanes H.C.R., LLC in St. Marys, is DEP-certified in radon mitigation and said 50 percent or higher of homes in the Elk County area have tested positive for radon. He has found readings from as high as 175 pCi/L in Johnsonburg down to 1 pCi/L with levels being elevated north of Elk County toward Kane.
As part of their Catholic Schools Week celebration, Elk County Catholic High School invited Catholic singer/songwriter Lee Roessler and his band to perform for students on Wednesday afternoon in the school's auditorium. Later that evening, a free concert for the community was also performed by Roessler from 7-9 p.m. at ECCHS.
ELoop, the recently-chosen group which collects electronic recyclables from the community recycling center, has informed the Elk County Solid Waste Authority that items previously picked up free of charge will now carry a fee of 6 cents per pound to be collected.
"Because of the market, because of the stockpiling, because of the difficulty of getting materials moved, eLoop is going to start charging us this for all the items that are not covered under the electronics recycling law," Titchner said.
In an effort to prioritize building and maintenance projects within the St. Marys Area School District, a facilities committee was appointed Tuesday evening by members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors during a special meeting. This is in response to addressing projects listed on a January 2008 feasibility report which was recently presented to the board.
The board unanimously approved the committee a budget of $4.4 million to utilize for planning projects. All project suggestions must brought before the board for their approval.
RIDGWAY â€“ In honor of National Mentor Month, the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Jefferson, Elk and McKean County held a buffet dinner and presentation on Tuesday at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway.
Following a dinner of roast beef, chicken and stuffed shells, Sara Sutter and Heidi Stahlnecker gave a presentation on the success stories of BBBS in the surrounding area.
RIDGWAY â€“ Governor Tom Corbett recently announced that his proposed 2014-2015 budget would increase funding for rape crisis and domestic violence services.
â€śProtecting our citizens and helping them in times of need is one of the core functions of government,â€ť Corbett said in a recent press release. â€śI am proposing we continue our commitment to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault and provide support services for victims through a $2.2 million funding increase to these critical programs next year.â€ť
Students and faculty from throughout Elk County filled the Queen of the World Church in St. Marys on Monday morning as they participated in a special Mass celebrating the 40th annual National Catholic Schools Week.
Monsignor Charles Kaza presided over the Mass which was followed by faith and service activities held at the adjacent St. Marys Catholic Elementary School.
Mother Nature surprised area residents yet again on Monday as many awoke to find snow rollers, a unique natural sculpture created by high winds and snow, in their yards and fields.
Hundreds of these typically hollow formations could be seen throughout western Pennsylvania. They were reported to have ranged in size from small marbles to large pumpkins, although weather records indicate they can be as large as a 30 gallon drum and typically average 10 to 12 inches in diameter.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Melissa Aul, resource conservation technician for the Elk County Conservation District, reported the district, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, will host another round of agricultural workshops for area farmers and animal owners.
In an effort to have the opportunity to show a gesture of appreciation, a small group of individuals recently gathered to plan a community celebration to honor the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County and their 162 years of faithful and dedicated service.
The celebration is taking place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Queen of the World Church in St. Marys. The catalyst behind the event is in response to the recent announcement of the closing of the St. Joseph Monastery.