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June 21st

Forensics program evolves over time

June 21, 2011

The Elk County Commissioners and members of the area's Tea Party group discussed a forensics program Tuesday morning during a board meeting.
"This forensics program goes back a long time, at least 18 months, when the grant was initially applied for through our Mental Health/Mental Retardation [MH/MR] program," said county Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel.
Initially, the MH/MR program, led by Cynthia Zembryki, received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to reduce recidivism in area prisons.

KECA donation funds habitat work

June 21, 2011

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) announced on Tuesday afternoon that it had purchased a new 15-foot Brush Hog mower with $20,000 donated to the organization by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA). The mower will be used to maintain between 275 and 300 acres of State Game Lands in the Benezette area.
KECA President Rawley Cogan explained that the group, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, raised the funds through its banquet program.

Treatment plant nears final completion

June 21, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority met last night to discuss the progress of the waste water treatment plant.
According to Pat Ward of Uni-Tec, the project is "right on the doorstep of final completion" and is estimated to near completion in 30 days.
"McCrossin has really picked up the speed and they are working diligently to finally bring this thing to closure," Ward said. "I was told they have been doing a good job cleaning the inside of the facilities and buildings.

Veterans' task force formed

June 21, 2011

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."

June 20th

Borough supports Prudent Banking Act

June 20, 2011

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.

June 19th

Community pool offers swimming lessons

June 19, 2011

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.

June 17th

County residents inducted into Pa. Voter Hall of Fame

June 17, 2011

ST. MARYS – 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.

School choice a hot topic in Pennsylvania

June 17, 2011

DuBOIS – 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."

June 16th

911 Center back up and running

June 16, 2011

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.

School district avoids layoffs

June 16, 2011

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.
“I 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,” Warnick said. “I see Brookville [school district] had to and down around State College, and I wanted to know how we are coming with our budget?”

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