Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
ST. MARYS â€“Â The St. Marys City Police Department reports investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Bucktail Road (SR 120) on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 11:15 a.m. that claimed the life of Frederick K. Beck, age 74, of Emporium.
Police report that a 2008 Jeep operated by Beck was traveling westbound on Bucktail Road, approaching a curve in the roadway. A 2002 Freightliner single-unit box truck operated by Michael L. Barr, 57, of Kersey, was traveling eastbound on Bucktail Road approaching the same curve.
Dozens of residents gathered at the Francis. S. Grandinetti Elementary School Cafeteria Wednesday night for a public meeting held by the Ridgway Area School District to provide the public with information on Act 130.
Act 130 was signed into law on Oct. 15, 2008, which allows school districts to change from occupation to earned income tax.
WILCOX â€“ During Wednesday morning's East Branch Dam Safety Project stakeholders meeting, representatives from the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, discussed updates of the project to area residents, local partners and other agency personnel.
Werner Loehlein, water management specialist with the Corps, explained current water levels since the last dam safety meeting held in September.
"East Branch is a multiple-purpose project, with its two primary purposes flood control and low water regulation for water quality," Loehlein said.
KANE â€“ It took more than two hours Wednesday to crown the champions in the second annual Spelling Bee at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
Matt Johnson, a fifth-grader from the Johnsonburg Elementary School, took first place in the division for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.
Bobby Rumcik, a third-grader in the Kane Elementary School, won the division for second and third-grade students. He won the same division last year as a second-grader.
Lindsey Kocjancic, a fifth-grade student in Johnsonburg, finished second in the division for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA] voted unanimously in favor of purchasing a new dump truck during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Manager Lisa Sorg presented quotes for three trucks. Officials decided on a 2012 Ford F-550 Regular Cab 4x4 from Murray Ford. The total cost of the truck after the trade-in and up-fitting price is $47,277.96.
The Authority received $28,094 for the trade-in of their eight-year-old truck.
Official Ed Gapinski said the old truck has been "nothing but heartache" since its purchase.
Elk County Commissioners discussed the possibility of a new kind of public issue forum regarding Marcellus Shale.
Mike Kamandulis, a member of Elk County C.A.R.E.S. [Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship], reviewed his experiences attending A forum entitled "The Marcellus Shale - What Does It Mean For Us," hosted Saturday, April 14, at the Central Pa. Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, Centre County.
LAMONT â€“ Area fire departments were dispatched to a structure fire Monday afternoon at 3:07 p.m. at 2145 Old Lamont Rd. in Jones Township.
Kane responded with Engine 56 and 57 and Rescue truck 51.
Tim Wile, chief of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, identified the owners as Alan and Sheryl Pence.
During Monday night's regular Ridgway Borough Council meeting Environmental Manager Paul McCurdy reported that the water and sewer rates fall within the average for the state following the recent publishing of a water and sewer rate survey.
"The water and sewer rates survey was just published and it shows we are right in the average for our state," McCurdy said.
In other business, the Source Water Protection Plan has been approved by the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection.
Local Union 2448 at Clarion Sintered Metals in Ridgway reportedly went on strike Sunday at midnight.
Diagnoses of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have reached unprecedented highs across the nation, with one in 88 children to be diagnosed this year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released on March 29.
This has raised concerns and drawn attention to the needs of children and families living with ASD. While autism remains without a definitive cause or known cure, much of the focus at the individual level surrounds treatment, as well as schooling of children with an ASD.