Archive - Feb 2014 - News Article
KERSEY â€“ An early morning fire on Sunday significantly damaged a house at 204 Dagus Mines Rd. in Kersey.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township) and Fox Township Ambulance were dispatched at 5:03 a.m. and Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) followed at 5:20 a.m.
According to Scott Surra, Fox Township fire chief, smoke was visible from the structure upon arrival and the homeowners said there was visible fire in the attic of the home.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors discussed the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year which will see the school year starting earlier than usual on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Superintendent Dennis Crotzer explained his reasoning behind the early start.
"An early start allows us more instructional days before the PSSA and Keystone exams," Crotzer said. "The test dates will not be moved back due to bad weather; the dates will only be extended but we must have instructional days to prepare for these tests."
WILCOX â€“ Due to the increase in funds expected for 2015 from the state's dirt and gravel roads program, the Jones Township Board of Supervisors is looking into new projects to take on with the funding.
The state has increased its dirt and gravel road funding sevenfold statewide from $5 million to $35 million which is expected to be received by municipalities in 2015. In the past, Pennsylvania counties have received $4 million in funding while the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources [DCNR] has received $1 million.
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors agreed Wednesday to challenge the issuance of a federal permit for a wastewater disposal well near James City.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) two weeks ago approved a 10-year permit for the controversial underground "injection well" along Lamont Road near Route 66.
The permit has been issued to Seneca Resources-- the exploration and production wing of National Fuel Gas of Williamsville near Buffalo.
During their regular board meeting held Tuesday evening, the Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution stating their opposition to the high school graduation exam administered by the state. If high school students do not pass three subject-based exams in the areas of algebra I, biology and literature, they are not permitted to graduate.
The school board passed the resolution in order to show their disapproval of the current system and put into formal verbiage their opinion on the topic.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular meeting of the Johnsonburg Borough Council, borough manager Mary Polaski reported that the Public Works committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to further discuss plans for the Harrison Avenue retaining wall which is set to undergo renovations.
"We did receive a price from our engineer of $29,500 to do all the engineering work for it but public works would like to sit down and maybe come up with a plan and get back to council and discuss it then," Polaski said.
DuBOIS â€“Â Approximately 35 occupants of an apartment building located at 136 East Park Ave. in DuBois were displaced Saturday afternoon following a fire.
The State Police Fire Marshal investigated the blaze, which occurred at 12 p.m. on Feb. 8. The East Park Avenue location is a two-story wood structure with 10 units. Units consist of single one room units and family units. Numerous tenants resided at the complex, which is owned by Scott Blose of DuBois.
As the winter months continue in Elk County, the Ridgway Fire Department would like to remind residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
Dave Parsons, a member of the Ridgway Fire Department, said Friday that is it easy for a fire hydrant to be overlooked due to snow coverage.
"The hydrants need to be clearly visible and accessible from the road," Parsons said. "Firefighters can lose valuable time if they can't see them or get at them easily."
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority has continued to make headway in detecting water loss during the month of January.
Overall, accountability levels reached 85 percent, equating to a total loss of 606,970 gallons and a total of $3,151 paid to the borough for lost water.
KANE â€“ The criminal case against a Kane woman linked with a horrific six-fatality crash Aug. 31 is headed to McKean County Court.
Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman "bound over" the charges to county court Wednesday following an intense three-hour preliminary hearing in his courtroom.
Kathy S. Douglas, 37, faces 35 charges-- including 15 felonies-- in connection with the Route 219 wreck that killed her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew Jarrett Costanzo of Kane, and four members of a St. Marys family.