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September 12th, 2011
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council held their regular meeting Monday afternoon to approve a number of bids.
Council voted unanimously in favor of approving a $16,600 bid proposed by Paul Asti to renovate an existing bathroom in the Community Center into a handicap accessible one.
WILCOX â€“ The Jones Township Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of raising the earned income tax of out-of-state workers to one percent during Monday night's meeting.
This township raised the earned income tax by .5 percent.
"Currently our ordinance allows for .5 percent to be collected from out-of-state workers," said chairman Mike DePonceau. "Do we want to raise this to one percent? Residents in most Pennsylvania municipalities pay one percent of earned income tax, which is split between municipalities and school districts."
Many residents gathered on the lawn of the Ridgway American Legion Post 208 Sunday afternoon to honor and remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
The ceremony began with Striking of the Four Fives introduced by Ben Brendel, master of ceremonies and member of the Ridgway Military Honor Detail.
The Ridgway Main Street Program, Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce and the Elk County Council on the Arts [ECCOTA] are teaming up once again to coordinate for this year's The Flavors of Fall festival and the Art on the Edge Trail event.
Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki is reaching out to food and craft vendors for this year's festival to be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vendors will receive a 10x10 foot spot on the courthouse lawn. Bogacki is also in search of musical acts to perform on the courthouse gazebo.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District received a $10,000 grant from Highmark to be used to purchase health foods and exercise equipment for its high school students.
"The money will be used for nutrition and physical activity," said superintendent Dennis Crotzer, during Thursday night's regular school board meeting. "Fresh fruits and vegetables will be purchased for our students and aerobic equipment will be purchased for student use."
The elementary school received a similar grant from Highmark several years ago for $10,000.
The Elk County Historical Society will be hosting their 5th Annual Cemetery Walk this Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., an oral history will be presented in the Center House Museum for those who cannot walk the cemetery. Refreshments will be served after the program.
The guided walking tour of Pine Grove, St. Leo's and Thayer Cemeteries will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10. To take part in the cemetery walk, meet at the Pine Grove Cemetery at 3 p.m.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Beau Iorfido is another one of Johnsonburg Elementary Schoolâ€™s first-grade teachers.
Iorfido plans on using one of his own hobbies to teach the children.
â€śOne of my favorite hobbies includes learning how to play the guitar,â€ť Iorfido said. â€śThis is something that I enjoy learning on my own time. It is also something that I will incorporate into my classroom.â€ť
Iorfido says he has found that children love to sing along and learn while listening to music.
Last weekâ€™s judicial ruling on the ownership of sandstone in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) may help bring about a favorable court decision for forest oil and gas well drillers.
Thatâ€™s the message given by R. Timothy McCrum, a Washington-based attorney who represents the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) and Minard Run Oil of Bradford.
Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] projects for the fiscal year are in line after a public hearing Tuesday and subsequent meeting to approve allocations.
Among the figures are $55,000 for "slum and blight remediation" for the clearance and demolition of slum and blight properties within the county.
"We're going to try to take care of some of the blighted properties in Elk County," said Tracy D. Gerber, CDBG coordinator. "We're trying to focus on some of the properties that are in the repository at the county level.
The Elk County Commissioners have publicly endorsed the implementation of a Marcellus Shale impact fee on each unconventional gas well in Pennsylvania.
"We had met with Senator [Joe] Scarnati and we were voicing our concerns for the human service side of this and they're going to be hit with this Marcellus Shale and housing, that part could be problematic," said Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg. "I know a lot of folks are concerned about that and other programs of interest.