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June 11th, 2012
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.
Following a complaint from a Ridgway Township resident, the Ridgway Township Municipal Authority will be updating their website [www.rtmawater.com] detailing the full terms and conditions associated with a resident's water bill.
Township resident Rob Rakieski attended Thursday night's municipal authority seeking answers as to why he was charged a $15 fee on top of a 5-percent late fee charge.
ST. MARYS â€“ Current and former students of April School of Dance are showcasing a wide array of performances during the school's 20th annual review, "Deja Vu." This year also marks the 30th year of teaching for April Cush, dance school owner.
The 2.5-hour show, with a 10-minute intermission, will take place tonight and Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. inside the St. Marys Area High School auditorium. Advance tickets, priced lower than those sold at the show, are available at The Village Peddler on Erie Avenue in St. Marys and Cliffe's in Ridgway.
The 2nd Annual Georgia L. Piccirillo "Go Strong for Georgia" Memorial Bike/Run/Walk will be held Saturday, June 9 at the trailhead of the Rails to Trails in Ridgway.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the trail. Participants will bike, run or walk their own distance as this is a free, non-timed event.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the trailhead, located at the corner of Water Street and Center Street in Ridgway; the event will start at 10:30 a.m.
Jake Moore, working out of the state Department of Environmental Protection's Meadville office, gave a report Tuesday morning on the source water protection technical assistance program [SWPTAP] during an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting.
Local source water protection [SWP] programs are community-based voluntary efforts to protect drinking water sources used by community water systems. Local SWP programs are effective tools for public health protection, water supply security and managing operational and capital costs through improved or maintained source water quality.