Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
ST. MARYS â€“ It may have been a bit cool on Saturday morning, but the sunny weather still resulted in a good turnout for this yearâ€™s Bunny Hop 5K walk/run at Benzinger Park. The second annual event was the result of efforts by Taylor and Carly Frank and Michael, Daniel, and Rachael Paladino to raise money for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
â€śIt was definitely better weather [this year] and I think we might have had more people,â€ť said Taylor Frank prior to the 5K run.
St. Marys, Pa. â€“ Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, is set to once again appear on NBC's "The Voice" tonight, this time in a live show that will require people to vote to prevent him from being eliminated.
An online method of paying court fees using credit and debit cards is being called a success by court administrators who credit it with improving efficiency and contributing to higher collection levels.
According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), any traffic tickets, court-ordered fines, costs, and restitution issued anywhere in Pa. can now be paid using the online E-Pay system. The system was expanded from Common Pleas courts to all magisterial courts, phased in between April 2010 and December 2011.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular April meeting of the Johnsonburg School Board, Brock Benson, High School Principal, discussed a proposal to change the current block scheduling to a traditional schedule.
â€śCurrently the students have a block schedule and classes every other day,â€ť Benson said. â€śThe good thing is there isnâ€™t a lot of transition time and it works good for labs and physical education.â€ť
On the contrary, Benson adds block scheduling isnâ€™t as beneficial for core classes.
A recommendation to extend the public walking at the Elementary School until May 31 was made by Superintendent Dennis Crotzer.
â€śPeople come up and walk at the elementary school which usually ends at the end of April,â€ť Crotzer said. â€śI have been approached to extend it until the end of May.â€ť
Shane Launer, board member suggested to extend the public walking not only till the end of May, but during the entire school year. After a board discussion, the motion was approved to extend the public walking at the elementary school for days that school is in session.
At the Tuesday meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner said representatives from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the PA Recycling Markets Center will soon visit the county's community recycling center in regard to a pilot project to collect and recycle PET thermoform packaging. PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a strong, food-safe plastic used to make many types of containers, including soft drink and water bottles.
Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved changes to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) documentation during a board meeting.
The changes are from contracts dating back to fiscal year 2009.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is currently living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), marking a 23 percent increase since the last report was issued in 2009. The findings were released March 29, just days before Autism Awareness Month, a national observance since the 1970s, began in April.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority discussed water accountability concerns during their regular meeting Wednesday night.
Works Superintendent Carl Gosnell reported locating two water leaks in the service lines in the Boot Jack area.
"One was repaired by the customer as it was on their service line and the second was repaired by the Municipal Authority since it was between the main and the curb box," Gosnell said. "We are pretty confident the combination of those two leaks will take care of the unaccountable water we have had in the last couple months."
At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, Elk County Recycling/ Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner said the county would be pursuing a recycling program (902) grant from the state.
"For the first time in about three years, there is going to be a recycling program equipment grant, but it's a lot more substantial than the last one we applied for," said Titchner, explaining that this round of grants requires a great deal more of information to be submitted to the state. "There's a lot more information they are requesting."