Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
County commissioners on Tuesday released an $11.3 million spending plan that features no new taxes highlighted with a 3-percent wage increase for bargaining and non-bargaining county employees.
"We're very pleased to announce that the 2012 proposed budget will now be on display," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "We're very pleased that there is no tax increase forecast in the numbers.
Officials discussed the intricacies of two prison policies Tuesday morning during a lengthy meeting of the Elk County Prison Board.
Board members highlighted an existing policy regarding work release and school release inmates, and also discussed a policy regarding the detainment of inmates on civil and criminal bench warrants issued by a Court of Common Pleas judge.
ST. MARYS - At the Elk County Job Fair held Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Activity Center in St. Marys, 22 employers representing the transportation, telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare and service industries were on hand to meet with area job seekers like Adam Robuck of Kersey, who said he has been in the job market since October 2010. Robuck said prior to that, he had been employed with GKN Emporium until the company initiated a reduction in its workforce in 2008.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority held their regular meeting Tuesday night to discuss the progress of the waste water treatment plant.
According to Uni-Tec engineer Dan Guss, the plant is complete, is in operation and is producing high quality effluent biosolids.
The plant has been in full operation since May 31.
Guss said all that is left are just a few contractor punch list items.
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors held a reorganizational meeting in the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School Library prior to their regular meeting Monday night.
Board member Lisa Connelly was elected as board president.
Board member William Seely nominated Gloria Almquist-Shull and Lucy Bobby for president, all of which respectfully declined the nomination.
"Thank you, but I wish to decline," Almquist-Shull said. "I am away in the winter and I don't feel I could do the job justice, but thank you for the nomination."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg native Laura Lechien has chosen to dedicate her time in order to better the community.
Lechien teaches an Aero/tone fitness class at the Johnsonburg Community Center where all proceeds are donated to the community center.
â€śI donâ€™t get anything out of it. Members have to pay a membership fee to the building,â€ť Lechien said. â€śI am blessed with a good job, so I decided I would do this to give back to the community.â€ť
Karen Marzella is a Residential Planner who is set to open her design studio, Casual Elegance, Interiors by Karen located at The Shop on Main in Ridgway.
Marzella is a trained and certified Residential Planner from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
â€śAfter being approached by members of the Co-op at The Shop on Main, I came to realize the benefits a showroom would offer to me, my clients and the community,â€ť Marzella said. â€śThe downtown people were so encouraging of me and my dream. And I couldnâ€™t have done this without the support of my friends and family.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Area School District Board of Directors held their annual reorganizational meeting Thursday night before the regular meeting.
Board president Robert Paladino was unanimously approved to serve another one-year term as board president. Paladino has served on the school board for over 20 years.
Richard Warmbrodt will remain in his current seat as vice president and serve another one-year term.
Newly-elected board member Todd Fannin sat in for his first board meeting Thursday night.
ST. MARYS â€“ For the past 11 years, area students requiring specialized care due to a mental health diagnosis have been utilizing the Crossroads Partial Hospitalization day treatment program, which offers a combination of group, individual and/or family therapy, academic support and medication management.
Now situated inside their new facility located on the campus of Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys, the program serves students from seven area school districts ranging in age from 11-18 years old.
Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway has established a school-wide discipline program to prevent bullying.
The PROUD initiative stands for polite, respectful, on time, under control, and follow directions. These rules are displayed in the cafeteria and in individual classrooms throughout the year. Students are encouraged to review the PROUD rules often by faculty and staff, and the initiative is imbedded early on.