Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
ST. MARYS â€“ After nine years of supporting U.S. servicemen and women by sending care packages all over the world, the Letters From Home program is retiring on Sunday, April 22 following its 35th and final campaign.
"By all means, the military has told us our mission is complete. We've had a wonderful, wonderful ride, made a difference, met a lot of nice people and couldn't be more proud," said Christine Jovenitti, LFH founder and director who established the program in May 2003 when her son's unit was deployed to Iraq.
Township supervisors from Elk County had concerns about the stateâ€™s new oil and gas drilling law versus local ordinances at a recent meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
Fox Township Supervisor and Roadmaster Randy Gradizzi and Jay Township Supervisor Murray Lilley questioned representatives from the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) about protections in the new law (Act 13 of 2012) and whether they were sufficient to adequately shield area residents and water sources from the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling.
The Ridgway YMCA "Shape the Future" Capital Campaign is under way as officials are seeking $1.5 million in donations for a joint swimming pool and exercise room project.
"We chose 'Shape the Future' because we need to have a YMCA for our future," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "We need to move it forward and improve it so that it's here for generations to come.
"There are rules and regulations that come out every year that we must comply with, the newest involving handicap accessibility. That is going to be our main focus."
State requirements for the Keystone Exams continue to 'bewilder' Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien.
O'Brien explained his confusion for the shifting requirements during Tuesday night's board of directors meeting.
The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's new system of high school graduation requirements. The exams are designed to assist school districts in guiding students toward meeting state standards.
Experts are urging more young men to get themselves screened for testicular cancer, as the disease is most often found in males between the ages of 15 and 35 years old. In addition, the disease is the most common form of cancer for white males between the ages of 20 to 34 years old.
The National Cancer Institute says most testicular cancers are found first by the patient, whether through self-examination or randomly.
ST. MARYS â€“ The results from Monday night's live voting round of NBC's "The Voice" were announced during another live show on Tuesday. Votes were cast from 10 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday and the top three vote getters on Team Adam and Team Cee Lo were automatically advanced to the next round of the competition. The bottom three vote getters on each team had the opportunity to perform one last song, with their coach then selecting one to "save," while the other two were eliminated from the competition.
Members of the Elk County Gas Task Force learned more about the new Marcellus Shale drilling law that recently took effect at their Tuesday meeting, including a brief overview of shale deposits in the state.
State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Oil and Gas Manager Craig Lobins discussed what a typical well site might look like and some history about drilling. According to Lobins, the first Marcellus well in Pennsylvania was drilled in 2004.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Women's Social, sponsored by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, is looking to 'Spruce Up for Spring' for its 24th annual dinner, which includes tips by local experts on interior design, painting, decorating and much more.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The basement of the Johnsonburg Community Center at 600 Market St. in Johnsonburg will be closed indefinitely beginning Sunday, April 15 due to mold in the swimming pool and archery room of the building.
Council accepted quotes from Kimball Environmental for $3,500 to remove the mold in the swimming pool and $6,200 for the archery room during Monday afternoon's regular borough council meeting.
Recreation Board president Ronald King said the basement can be reopened once construction is finished and the new dehumidifiers have been installed.
St. Marys, Pa. â€“ On last night's live show on NBC's "The Voice," Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, put on a rousing performance of The Killers' 'When You Were Young.' Voting opened immediately after the show, at 10 p.m. EST, and will continue through 10 a.m. today.
Pip and the five other remaining members of Adam Levine's team performed last night, and after the votes are tallied, the top three vote-getters will be saved while the remaining three will have one last chance to perform in hopes of being "saved" by Levine.