February 17th, 2011
Jay Township Supervisor Francis Gustafson informed township residents on Thursday evening that he would like to get a group together to discuss looking into how to protect the township's resources in the face of increased drilling by the Marcellus Shale industry.
"I figured we'd bring it up a little bit at each meeting to see if anybody's interested," Gustafson said.
He explained that the township recently obtained a copy of a draft ordinance prepared by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).
Healthy communication between children and their parents is always important, but sometimes the communication foundation begins to crumble when children enter their preteen and young teen years. During that time, children are challenged not only by the changes occurring as they enter puberty, but also by increased peer pressure to engage in risky behavior such as using drugs and alcohol. Simultaneously, their changing lives may cause them to become more withdrawn and less willing to engage in conversation with their parents or guardians.
Recently kindergarten and fifth grade students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School teamed up to raise funds for the school's annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Hop-A-Thon.
This year, students succeeded in collecting $694 during a two-week period. Each kindergartner was asked to collect at least five donations.
"The kids were very excited about the event and were happy to be able to help someone else that couldn't enjoy the simple pleasures of life like we can," said SMCE kindergarten teacher Laura Kuntz, event coordinator.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team raised their record to 20-1 on the season with a 45-30 victory over the Johnsonburg Ramettes last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven on Senior Night.
The Lady Dutch opened a 16-5 lead after the first quarter and coasted the rest of the way to their 10th straight win.
â€śI was happy that we won, but I wasnâ€™t real happy with the way we played. The intensity wasnâ€™t there and we didnâ€™t handle the ball real well,â€ť said St. Marys coach Bob Swanson.
â€śOn the bright side, a lot of kids saw some valuable action,â€ť he added.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Rams got 27 total points from their two departing seniors on Senior Recognition Night en route to a 47-45 victory over visiting St. Marys.
Facing a 1-point deficit after three quarters of play, the Rams were able to claw their way back to secure the win.
Despite giving up a score to St. Marysâ€™ Jordan Weinzierl to open up the fourth quarter with the Dutch on top 36-33, Johnsonburg head boysâ€™ varsity basketball coach Bill Shuey said he did not count his team out of the contest.
Regulating the areas within the City of St. Marys where gas and oil drilling can take place may be as simple as modifying a portion of the city code, according to some members of city council and the city's planning commission.
During a joint meeting between the two groups on Tuesday evening, planning commission members remarked that they believed the portion of the city code related to mining, quarrying and related processing facilities, which prohibits the exploration of minerals in certain areas, should be applicable to oil and gas drilling as well.
Travelers who have experienced a bumpy ride on state Route 120 lately will be glad to know that the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is working to patch the many potholes that have appeared as a result of the cold and snowy winter weather.
Greg Sayers, Elk County maintenance manager for PennDOT's District 2-0, said his office has been aware of the numerous potholes that recently developed and he has been out several times in the past week to review the road.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing, if applicable.
A resignation was approved for Patricia McLaughlin of St. Marys from the St. Marys Area Middle School cafeteria, effective Jan. 28, 2011; and under supplemental contracts, Christopher Gankosky as marching band director at the end of the 2010-11 school year.
Concern for Marcellus Shale drilling was expressed by Elk County Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship (C.A.R.E.S.) member Rick Glover during Tuesday's Ridgway Township Supervisor's meeting.
Glover attended Tuesday's meeting to receive an update on any zoning ordinances to prevent the drilling.
â€śAs a township, you cannot say,'hey, you can't drill five hundred feet from a person's house,'â€ť Glover said. â€śYou cannot say that, but you can set up a zoning ordinance to state that there is no drilling.â€ť
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling squad rallied to defeat the Redbank Valley Bulldogs by a 30-29 score last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Dutch were trailing 29-12 with three matches remaining. At 171 pounds, Dutchman Kyle Wolfel pinned Matt Hetrick at the 2:51 mark, cutting the Bulldogsâ€™ lead to 29-18. At 189 pounds, Dutchman Joe McLaughlin pinned Corey Cyphert at the 2:16 mark of their match to make the score 29-24. At 215 pounds, SMAâ€™s Jimmy Antonelli pinned Braden Bowser at the 3:38 mark of their match, giving the Dutch the 30-29 win.