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February 22nd, 2012

North Central looks at budget proposal

February 23, 2012

Reacting to Governor Tom Corbett's initial budget proposal released Feb. 7, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] said they find the spending plan to be challenging.
"The state budget is definitely a tough budget with a lot of things that, if they play out the way they are in the proposal, will present challenges to a lot of people," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central. "It is a budget proposal and given that it is an election year, there will be a lot of legislative wrangling.

Shale debate hits Brockway hard

February 23, 2012

BROCKWAY — Wednesday, the Shale debate came into clear focus as residents of the Borough of Brockway expressed their concerns about a proposal by Flatirons Resources to drill a well in the borough.
Residents were given this opportunity at a public meeting that took place at the urging of Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), state Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) and state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-75).

Local priests speak out on Obama's contraceptive plan

February 23, 2012

At the recent Deanery meeting held at the priory in St. Marys, pastors and priests of Elk County parishes gathered to discuss issues of relevance to the Catholic Church, with the prevalent topic being that of a recent mandate by the Obama administration that requires employers, including religious institutions, to provide contraceptives for employees under healthcare plans.

Wood carvers discuss artistic process, technique

February 23, 2012

In a seminar at the American Legion building on Main Street in Ridgway Wednesday, two artisans participating in the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carver Rendezvous, Roger Day of England and Bob King of Seattle, Wash., spoke about the processes involved in wood carving, as well as the technique and new technology geared toward the medium of wood.
Bob King, in his seventh year at Rendezvous, delved into the topic of spatial perception which he described as "something we all have in common, how we perceive objects in the world and their relation to us in space."

Municipal authority faces lawsuit

February 23, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – G. M. McCrossin, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA].
According to JMA solicitor Richard Brown, McCrossin is seeking $1,128,327.38 plus interest, penalty and attorney fees in payments for construction work on the waste water treatment plant that "they believe they are entitled to."
"We are in the process of preparing and finalizing an answer in a manner of counterclaim and hope to have that filed prior to the next board meeting," Brown said during Tuesday night's regular meeting.

February 21st

Tynan's mastery of anatomy sets him apart in carving world

February 22, 2012

Although Ken Tynan of Butler makes a significant portion of his salary carving bears, his true passion lies in creating comic book and superheroes. For this year's Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous auction, Tynan has stuck with what comes naturally to him and has created a massive roaring grizzly out of white pine, weighing in at 400 pounds.
The 52-year-old Butler native drew attention in past years at the Rendezvous with his big green Hulk sculpture.

Two-vehicle crash in Fox Township

February 22, 2012

FOX TWP. – The Ridgway-based state police report responding to a two-vehicle collision that occurred at 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 along SR 948 at its intersection with Robin Road in Fox Township. According to police, a 2001 Chevrolet S10 operated by Clarence E. Bolles III, 44, of Kersey, was traveling north on Robin Road when Bolles failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Robin Road and SR 948 and traveled into the intersection. A 2004 Chevrolet Tailblazer operated by Tracy M. Robinson, 36, of Kersey, was traveling north on SR 948 and was unable to stop.

County rebids recycling services

February 22, 2012

With a two-year contract drawing to a close in less than two months, county officials are reviewing bids from companies for ongoing recycling collections.
"The county is going to be ending a 2-year contract with ECSR [Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling]," said Bekki Titchner, recycling/solid waste coordinator for Elk County. "They've been providing services for our yearly household hazardous waste collection as well as ongoing collections for oil-based paints, pesticides, fluorescent lamps and batteries. The contract expires in April and we're rebidding for another two years.

Ash Wednesday ushers in Lenten season

February 22, 2012

Today marks the start of Lent, an annual period of sacrifice and reflection that lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays, leading up to Easter.
Fr. Ross Miceli, campus minister at Elk County Catholic High School, explained that Sundays are not counted because "if you do the math, you end up with like 46 days before Easter, so you can't count Sundays."

Fire department plans to purchase new truck

February 22, 2012

Newly-elected Ridgway Fire Department President Keith Mader and Assistant Fire Chief Joe Gasbarre attended Tuesday afternoon's Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors meeting seeking contributions for the purchase of a new fire truck.
Mader said after two years of planning the fire department is prepared to purchase a new fire truck for $476,000, which will be a combination of a rescue and pumper truck manufactured by Spartan Chassis, Inc.

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