Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
County officials announced Tuesday that a local veterans' task force has been initiated to help bridge gaps between various groups dedicated to the assistance and advancement of the county's veterans.
"I hope to see the new task force work with the various veterans groups concerning different veterans' issues," said Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel. "We'll be meeting at least once a month with the Rides 4 Vets program, a great organization, and we're happy to forge together with them to see what kind of improvements can be made."
The Ridgway Borough Council voted in favor of adopting a resolution in support of H.R. 1489, "The Return to Prudent Banking Act," during last night's regular council meeting.
Ridgway resident Bill Branche proposed the resolution to council members at last month's meeting.
Council member Frank Quattrone read Resolution No. 3 - 2011 in support of H.R. 1489.
"The Return to Prudent Banking Act is an effective money and banking system essential to the functioning of the economy and such a system must function in the public interest without bias," Quattrone said.
Whether you or your child are looking to learn to swim, have fun, or try something new this summer, the Lyle G. Hall Community Pool is offering a variety of swimming lessons for all ages.
The first session of lessons will run between July 5 to 15 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The second session will begin on July 18 and end on July 29. Lesson will also run begin 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m.
"We can teach just about every level, except for the preschoolers, since we don't have a baby pool," said pool supervisor Max Milslagle.
ST. MARYS â€“ Two hundred twelve Elk County residents were inducted into the state's Voter Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Thursday in the St. Marys Area High School cafeteria.
Kim Frey, director of the county's Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration, gave the opening remarks.
DuBOIS â€“ School choice is currently a hot topic in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, according to Amy Hill, communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Hill was the main speaker at a news conference held Friday afternoon at DuBois Area Catholic School regarding Senate Bill 1.
"Senate Bill 1 is a good sort of stepping-off place when we're talking about school choice in Pennsylvania right now," Hill said. "The bill aims to increase the very successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which has been in existence for about 10 years now."
Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg reported late Thursday night that the county's 911 Center was again fully operational following a late Tuesday evening evacuation due to noxious fumes.
According to Freeburg, a complete run-through had been completed and no remnants were detected.
Commissioners reported last Friday that back-up batteries were fuming during a charge process.
Unlike many of the school districts in the state, the Ridgway Area School District will not be forced to freeze wages or lay off their teachers.
Concerned resident Scott Warnick attended Tuesday evening's school board meeting to ask the tough question.
â€śI see all of the other districts are having to lay people off, but I haven't heard anything about ours, which I am happy not to hear that we might have to lay off or freeze wages,â€ť Warnick said. â€śI see Brookville [school district] had to and down around State College, and I wanted to know how we are coming with our budget?â€ť
ST. MARYS â€“ A sizable crowd was on hand for the first Elk County Gas Task Force educational seminar, held Wednesday evening at St. Marys Area Middle School.
Elk County Commissioner June Sorg acted as the hostess as she introduced each of the seminar's three speakers: Jim Clark of Penn State Cooperative Extension, who spoke about water issues; Mike Donovan of Seneca Resources, who presented a brief overview of Marcellus Shale; and attorney Tom Wagner of St. Marys, who provided information on land leasing.
WILCOX â€“ The Jones Township Municipal Authority will be increasing security at their reservoir along High Street after authority members voted unanimously to add two street lights to its perimeter.
According to chairman Carl Johnson, one of the street lights will cost the municipal authority $200 to install and then cost $12 to $16 a month for each light.
"I talked to the fellow at West Penn Power," Johnson said. "They said if you want an additional light on the next pole up about 50 to 75 feet there it would be about $200, but they can do it at a one-time cost."
The Ridgway Area School District's Students of the Month were honored during Tuesday night's school board meeting.
Third-grader Stephen Freeburg was selected as the elementary school Student of the Month for May. Stephen said he was very excited about receiving the award. His favorite subjects are math, spelling and reading. When he graduates high school he would like to become a third-grade teacher. Stephen's favorite teacher is Mrs. Simons because â€śshe tells us the sentences and sometimes reads to the whole class.â€ť