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June 12th, 2012
At Monday's meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force held at the new 911 Center in Ridgway, McKean County Emergency Management Agency Director Bruce Manning gave task force members an update of efforts to educate first responders about natural gas and oil sites.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Following a recommendation from the Johnsonburg Fire Department the Johnsonburg Borough Council approved a resolution to designate the St. Marys Area Ambulance Service as the primary provider of emergency services in Johnsonburg.
Prior to the meeting, a three-man committee was formed consisting of council members James DeAngelo, James R. DePanfilis and Ronald King to review outside ambulance service providers.
A massive show of community support for the 2012 Elk County Relay for Life was on display at the Fox Township Community Park on Friday during the opening ceremony of the 24-hour event.
Emcee Roben Daghir said the goals were to increase awareness of cancer in the area and raise the funds needed to combat the disease, and termed the event was a "big success." Monetary donations for this year's event totaled roughly $13,450.
The 2012 Elk County Relay for Life event held at the Fox Township Community Park this past Friday took time to honor loved ones who lost their battles with cancer, as well as celebrate the survivors like keynote speaker Patty Greene.
Greene, a lifelong resident of Elk County, was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 52.
In relating her story, Greene said her battle with cancer began in January 2010 when a routine mammogram revealed "something suspicious." Greene said doctors had detected a "little lump about the size of a pea."
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Catholic High School freshman Tony Hanes captured first place for his editorial cartoon as part of a national competition.
"It shows how America is in debt and how we always rely on China to get us out," Hanes explained his cartoon.
The winning cartoon depicts U.S. President Barack Obama stranded in a hole referred to as "Debt Valley" while being rescued by a helicopter with "China" inscribed on it.
Just because the sun is shining now doesnâ€™t mean Pennsylvanians shouldnâ€™t save for a rainy day, according to the nonprofit organization Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). In a study issued a few months ago by CFED, Commonwealth residents rank 14th in the country in financial security, earning a â€śB.â€ť
Donâ€™t have enough money in your â€śRainy Day Fund?â€ť Emporium-based CPA and Certified Financial Planner Robyn Kuleck (www.kuleckfinancialplanning.com) has some recommendations to help people prepare from getting soaked.
In addition to tracking spending habits to make adjustments where needed and putting whatever amount of money youâ€™re able to afford into savings before paying other bills, Kuleck said there are some other methods of saving that can allow people to save without too much pain.
Discussion over updating a four-year-old SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition] control system continued during Thursday night's Ridgway Township Municipal Authority meeting.
The SCADA system built and installed by Emerson Process in 2008 controls and monitors the tank levels and pump stations within the township.
Assistant to the Works Superintendent Chris Klase reminded officials of the need to update a control system that has a life expectancy of about five years until becoming obsolete.
The Elk County Historical Society will once again be hosting their Annual Strawberry Festival this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 109 Center St. in Ridgway.
According to Society Director Mary Kalinowski, last year's festival was such a success the Historical Society sold out of strawberries before the close of the event.
This year an additional 20 quarts of strawberries from Valley Farm Markets of Weedville has been ordered to ensure all patrons enjoy a jumbo-size strawberry shortcake.
ST. MARYS â€“ A number of area students headed off to college or other postsecondary education will have some help thanks to scholarships awarded through the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF).
Students from Elk County and the surrounding area were awarded 87 scholarships totaling over $100,600 through the foundation, which helps individuals and groups achieve their philanthropic goals by assisting with the creation of endowments and other funding, and then awarding that funding locally to individuals, nonprofit organizations and others.