Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt reported on his visit to the Silver Creek site after the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company spilled a large amount of bentonite into the stream, quickly making its way into a reservoir controlled by the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority.
Bentonite is a form of impure clay that easily absorbs water and is used to facilitate gas drilling.
Stevie Wonder once said, "We all have ability. The difference is how we use it."
Though only an eighth grader at the St. Marys Area Middle School, Kersey resident Nicole Holland is currently using her abilities to make a big difference in the lives of patients at the Hahne Regional Cancer Center, a division of DuBois Regional Medical Center located in DuBois.
Holland, through her role as reigning Elk County Fair junior queen, recently undertook efforts to raise money to assemble "Hahne hope bags" for cancer patients.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Police arrested Robert Fitzgerald, 56, of 305 Spruce Street, Johnsonburg, on charges of sexual abuse of children, dissemination of and possession of child pornography, criminal use of a communication facility, obscene and sexual material, identity theft, invasion of privacy, tampering with evidence, and harassment on Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m. According to reports, police were called to a residence in the borough Dec.
Officials of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] are looking forward to the new year as applications are being looked at by state government for PREP [Partnership for Regional and Economic Performance] funding.
During Wednesday's board meeting, the commission's executive director, Eric Bridges, reported that NCPRPDC has complied with the Department of Community and Economic Development's [DCED] requests for a single application for approved funding under PREP.
The Elk County Monitoring Project, spearheaded by Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine, has expanded to the Brockway Watershed.
The monitoring project is designed to keep an eye on stream conditions in the wake of the Marcellus Shale drilling by measuring the temperature, flow and conductivity in each stream. The total project cost for the four-year program is estimated at $329,330.
As of Monday night's ECCD meeting, Bonfardine said one satellite telemetry system has been installed and another will be installed within the week.
Residents in Ridgway Township will not see an increase in taxes after the board of supervisors adopted the 2012 budget during their regular meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Supervisors unanimously approved a $1.9 million budget that will keep taxes the same.
The township has not seen an increase in taxes since 1993, said supervisor Millie Bowers.
Supervisor Sarah Dickinson served her last meeting Tuesday.
Dickinson first joined the board on July 21, 2003.
The Ridgway Borough Council approved a request for the 13th Annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to be held along Center Street during their regular meeting Monday night.
If all goes to plan, Center Street will be blocked off from S. Broad to Mill Street. Court Street and South Broad Street from Main Street to South Street will also be blocked off to make room for the event.
Liz Boni, co-owner of Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and the main organizer of the event made the request.
At the Summit Lodge and Grill on Monday, a packed house of about 200 hunters and enthusiasts gathered for the conclusion of the 7th annual Big Buck contest.
Food and drink were served and those in attendance took the opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and perhaps make a few new ones. Many talked shop, recounted memorable hunts from this season and ones past and debated the finer points of rifle and bow hunting.
Ridgway Borough Council on Monday unanimously adopted a $5 million budget for 2012 that keeps taxes the same.
The 2012 budget which includes a general fund of $1,514,332 will keep the tax rate at 14.92 mills.
Council member Ralph Dussia made the motion to adopt the budget.
In other business, borough manager Martin Schuller said restorations of the Pennsy Railroad Station should be completed by May.
"We finally got the train station problem resolved," Schuller said. "The contractor is in the process of repairing the roof."
Dennis D. Heindl and the Ridgway community are collaborating to restore the historic train station located along North Broad Street in Ridgway.
According to William Gentilman, Property Manager for the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc., the building was built the year 1907.
â€śThe station was built the last year the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad was in existence,â€ť said Gentilman. â€śThe line the station is on was a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad section that ran from Erie to St. Marys, and the track is still there.â€ť
The restoration of the building has been nearly 20 years in the making.