Archive - Jan 2014 - News Article
ST. MARYS â€“ Officials on Thursday confirmed the death of a St. Marys Mersen USA employee after an industrial explosion in the morning.
Noah Nichelson, St. Marys Mersen USA general manager said in a statement that one employee was killed and two were injured following â€śan equipment related accidentâ€ť at the plant.
Emergency dispatchers confirmed a call went out shortly after 9 a.m. to Mersen USA in St. Marys, located at 1032 Trout Run Rd.
ELoop, the recently-chosen group which collects electronic recyclables from the community recycling center, has informed the Elk County Solid Waste Authority that items previously picked up free of charge will now carry a fee of 6 cents per pound to be collected.
"Because of the market, because of the stockpiling, because of the difficulty of getting materials moved, eLoop is going to start charging us this for all the items that are not covered under the electronics recycling law," Titchner said.
According to State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Brockway), the Commonwealth has come a long way in the past few years but significant additional progress must still be made.
As the governor's budget will be released in early February, Scarnati said legislators have created "a tough budget cycle" as they've been "advocating for more funding for our public schools."
Because of this, and other factors, finding the dollars to completely fund the spending plan has been a tall task.
JAMES CITY â€“ The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a permit for a controversial underground "injection well" near James City.
The permit has been issued to Seneca Resources-- the exploration and production wing of National Fuel Gas of Williamsville near Buffalo.
The 10-year permit became effective Tuesday, according to the EPA website.
On Tuesday evening, Gary Thorp, professional land surveyor for TREK Development Group, provided Ridgway Borough Council members as well as area residents with information concerning the proposed subdivision behind Ridgmont Personal Care Home, located along Montmorenci Road.
In honor of National Mentor Month, the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Jefferson, Elk and McKean County held a buffet dinner and presentation on Tuesday at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway.
Following a dinner of roast beef, chicken and stuffed shells, Sara Sutter and Heidi Stahlnecker gave a presentation on the success stories of BBBS in the surrounding area.
Governor Tom Corbett recently announced that his proposed 2014-2015 budget would increase funding for rape crisis and domestic violence services.
â€śProtecting our citizens and helping them in times of need is one of the core functions of government,â€ť Corbett said in a recent press release. â€śI am proposing we continue our commitment to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault and provide support services for victims through a $2.2 million funding increase to these critical programs next year.â€ť
Melissa Aul, resource conservation technician for the Elk County Conservation District, reported the district, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, will host another round of agricultural workshops for area farmers and animal owners.
Last week, Aul helped to put on an agricultural assistance workshop as well as an equine assistance workshop which covered topics ranging from erosion and sediment control to reviewing the 2011 version of the manure management manual.
State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Brockway) is still vying for what he describes as â€śnecessary public welfare reformâ€ť within the Commonwealth.
Nicolas Dickant of Ridgway Township was recently awarded a Purple Heart for injuries suffered in 2011 while on a mission in Afghanistan.
Members of the United States Marine Corps were on hand Friday afternoon for the ceremony alongside various Dickant family members, many of whom have served the country in various branches of the military.
"With my family, a lot of us have a military background, cousins, my grandfathers, uncles, so it just seemed to be the thing to do," he said. "I always knew I wanted to do it."