March 6th, 2012
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Commissioners voted Tuesday morning in favor of "impact fees" that will be assessed on Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas wells throughout the county.
"This enables the Public Utility Commission [PUC] to come in and gather the fees that are allowed under this act," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "A portion of it will be returned to the counties and municipalities.
"We've had calls from the public asking us to do this-- we've had discussions with industries and they seem to be at least not opposed to it."
Area Girl Scout troops will mark the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in the United States with a special Mass and ceremony at 11 a.m. this Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
In past years, ceremonies have been held at various area churches of different religious dominations, and St. Mary's Church has been chosen for this year's venue.
Several area students recently had a hands-on life lesson in service as they participated in a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The students were part of a group of area residents who took part in the trip, which was held through the organization Meeting God in Missions. While all eight are currently students at Elk County Catholic High School, they noted that the trip was not a school-sponsored function.
STATE COLLEGE - The St. Marys Area High School Swim and Dive Team successfully showcased their talents at the District VI/IX AA Swimming and Diving Regional Championships held at the Penn State McCoy Natatorium this past weekend. Besides winning medals, the top three positions in each event qualify for the PIAA AA Swim and Dive Championships at Bucknell University on March 16-17.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is in the market for a yard ramp for use at their Community Recycling Center, located at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. The purchase of a ramp for under a cost of $10,000 was recently approved by the authority at their most recent meeting.
According to Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, a yard ramp is necessary because there is no room to install a loading dock at the recycling facility.
St. Marys City Councilman Greg Gebauer addressed a concern brought to his attention by Elk County Democratic Party chairman and fellow Councilman Bob Roberts regarding the legality of his holding a council position under the federal Hatch Act.
The Hatch Act restricts the political activity of individuals principally employed by state, county or municipal executive agencies in connection with programs financed in whole or in part by loans or grants made by the U.S. or a federal agency.
DuBois Regional's St. Marys Community Medical Building will open officially on Monday, March 12. The 30,000 square-foot building, located in front of the Walmart on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, will house a number of diagnostic services, including laboratory, diagnostic imaging, digital X-ray, ultrasound, breast care and digital mammography, bone density and electrocardiograms (EKGs), as well as several specialists and family and women's health practices.
ST. MARYS - Innovated Solutions, formerly Arete IRC, does just what its name says - provides solutions for companies in the form of software and 3D rapid prototyping.
Located in the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys, the company employs a small staff of five employees, including Eric Wonderling, president; John Azzato III, vice president of operations and sales; Jim Wolf, business manager and sales; and Jake Shannon, senior application engineer.
As co-owners, Wonderling and Azzato have been with the business since it was created just over two years ago.
Glenn T. Bauer, 44, of 980 Windfall Rd., St. Marys, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 4, 2012 at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 14, 1968 in St. Marys, the son of Thomas A. and Joanne L. Catalone Bauer of Kersey, who survive. On Oct. 12, 1996 in the St. Leoâ€™s Church in Ridgway, he married Connie S. Hammer, who survives.
SMA plays South Fayette Tuesday
CLARION - The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch lost to the Bradford Lady Owls by a 58-39 score Saturday afternoon in the District 9-AAA championship game played at Clarion University.
The Lady Dutch were outscored by a 15-2 margin in the first eight minutes of play. The Lady Dutch outscored the Lady Owls 29-26 in the second and third periods but Bradford scored 17 to St. Marysâ€™ eight points in the fourth quarter.