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Archive - Feb 2012

February 28th

Redistricting efforts stymied in Pennsylvania

February 29, 2012

ST. MARYS – In a campaign stop in St. Marys this past Friday, Congressman Glenn Thompson, who is seeking re-election as representative for Pa.'s 5th District, spoke to supporters gathered at Gunner's Restaurant and asked for their vote.
Thompson also discussed at Friday's event the expansion of his voter base as the result of recent redistricting, or reapportionment, of the Congressional 5th district by the state's legislative leaders in the Pa. House and Senate. Redistricting takes place every 10 years following the outcome of the Census.

Authority to recommend changing contractors for HHW/universal waste collections

February 29, 2012

The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is set to recommend that the Elk County Commissioners approve parting ways with ECS&R, the company the county has contracted with since 2006 for universal and household hazardous waste (HHW) collections, after Veolia submitted a significantly lower bid for the same services.
According to Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling/solid waste coordinator, the county stands to save around $5,000 by contracting with Veolia.
Veolia and ECS&R were the only two companies to submit bids for the services.

'The Easter Bunny and Friends' look to spread Easter cheer

February 29, 2012

ST. MARYS – With Lent under way and Easter quickly approaching, a group of residents from Elk Towers in St. Marys is looking to brighten the Easter season for residents at area nursing homes. The group, called The Easter Bunny and Friends, is comprised of Diane Groeger, who acts as Easter bunny and is president of the Residents' Association at Elk Towers; Kathy Oley, vice president of the Residents' Association; Judy Schaefer, secretary of the Residents' Association; Rosemary Gray; Bonnie Carnahan; Mary Hadden; and Mary Ann Mello.

Dumpster fire at the Plaza

February 29, 2012

ST. MARYS – The Crystal Fire Department was called out at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday evening in response to a report of heavy smoke behind Shoe Sensation and House of TV Rentals at the Plaza on the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys. Upon arrival, firefighters found a Dumpster fully engulfed. Employees and bystanders were containing the fire with buckets and a garden hose. The firefighters fully extinguished the fire and House of TV Rentals was ventilated to remove smoke.

Clarion Lady Bobcats hand Lady Crusaders 47-41 loss

February 28, 2012

CLARION – The Clarion Area Lady Bobcats defeated the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders by a 47-41 score last night in the District 9-A semifinal game played at Clarion University.
The Lady Bobcats will now meet the Keystone Lady Panthers for the District 9 championship on Saturday at Clarion University. Keystone defeated Kane 58-51 in the other semifinal. The Lady Crusaders will take on the Kane Lady Wolves in the District 9-A consolation game. The date, site and time of that game will be announced.

February 27th

Veterans' organizations need younger members to survive

February 27, 2012

As more servicemen and women return home with the de-escalation of the War on Terror, veterans' organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), with their ever-diminishing ranks, see the younger generation as the last hope and their membership as vital to the longevity and even the existence of these organizations.

Conservation District to hold free workshop for farmers

February 27, 2012

The Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] was awarded a $1,000 mini-grant from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts [PACD] to co-host a Manure Management Workshop with the Cameron County Conservation District.
"PACD is offering mini-grants for Districts to host manure workshops, so we decided to take advantage of this opportunity and host a workshop," said Conservation District Manager Steve Putt.

Cuddling Kids quilt drive under way

February 27, 2012

ST. MARYS – Quilts for babies and toddlers are being collected until March 31 as part of the Cuddling Kids project sponsored by Tangled Threads, a quilting supply store located on Erie Avenue in St. Marys.
"We are asking all quilters to look into their hearts and give to this wonderful project," said Emily Snelick, co-owner of Tangled Threads. "We are accepting any types of quilts - flannel, cotton, fleece, etc."

Michael J. Carr

February 27, 2012

Michael J. Carr, age 56, of 641 Shelvey Summit Road, Kersey, died suddenly at the Elk Regional Health Center, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.
He was born March 15, 1955, in Hope, Maine, the son of Clarence J. and Madine L. LaBranche Carr. On Aug. 7, 1977, he married Judith A. Caggiano, she survives.

February 26th

Music director in need of host families

February 27, 2012

Ridgway Area High School Music Director Theresa Morley-Palmer is looking for residents to open up their hearts and their homes and volunteer to house two more students during the regional choir competition.
As a host family, volunteers would provide a place for students to sleep on March 7, 8 and 9, a shower, a breakfast and a ride to and from school at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
According to Palmer, 160 students from 53 schools will be coming to Ridgway Area High School to audition for a chance to compete in the State Music Festival in Lancaster in April.

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