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June 26th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“ "It's worse than a plague," said Pete Braun of Braun's Farm in St. Marys regarding the destruction of crops caused by invading armyworms.
Braun, like many area farmers, is suffering firsthand from the devastation caused by the armyworm, or Pseudaleta unipuncta (Haworth), a native species widely distributed throughout the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority's recycling program grant application to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be sent out this week, according to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner.
At Tuesday's meeting of the authority, Titchner said the 902 grant funding through the state may be used for recycling equipment and the authority has requested several needed items for the Elk County Community Recycling Center.
Although the gypsy moth population did not turn out to be as much of a problem as predicted, another caterpillar has already begun to wreak havoc in Elk County.
During Monday night's Elk County Conservation District Board of Director's meeting, Toby Herzing of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reported receiving numerous calls from farmers worried about a little green and brown worm that was ravaging their hay fields.
ST. MARYS - A year-long investigation led by Troop C of the Pennsylvania State Police in conjunction with the United States Postal Service involving the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics in Elk, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties resulted in the June 20 arrests of seven Elk County residents and one individual with local ties.
The Elk County Conservation District will enter into an agreement with the Sinnemahoning Cooperative Weed Management Area to focus an invasive and noxious weed management project primarily within the Sinnemahoning Watershed.
According to District Manager Steve Putt, the Bucktail Watershed Association obtained a grant through the federal government for the weed management project.
Putt noted that he has been working with the Bureau of Forestry, Pa. Game Commission and Sinnemahoning State Park for the past year.
A fire early Saturday morning claimed the life of an 89-year-old Ridgway woman and destroyed a Center Street home.
A preliminary investigation has not yet determined the cause of the fire; however, officials are saying it is not suspected to be arson.
Just in time for Fatherâ€™s Day, the ninth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival was held last weekend in Avon, Ohio, known as the â€śDuct Tape Capital of the World.â€ť At the event, duct-tape lovers could find just about any kind of duct-tape creation, including clothing, parade floats, and sculptures. This yearâ€™s theme, â€śDuck Tape on Safari,â€ť celebrated the Duck Tape brand by hosting a scavenger hunt, an arts and crafts tent to create safari gear, a parade and a free animal show by a local animal expert.
ST. MARYS â€“ Work to improve a section of state Route 255 in St. Marys and Fox Township that began the first week of June is continuing on schedule, according to Marla Fannin, community relations coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation's District 2, based in Clearfield.
Fannin said although some complaints were received last week regarding congestion at the traffic light at Walmart SuperCenter in Fox Township, that issue has been resolved.
Changes to the Pennsylvania Keystone Exams have once again begun to concern the Ridgway Area School District.
The Keystone Exams are part of Pennsylvania's new system of high school graduation requirements and are designed to help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards by assessing their proficiency in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Literature, English, Composition, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, World History and Civics and Government.
Superintendent Michael O'Brien voiced his frustration during last Tuesday's regular board meeting.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The finalization of the wastewater treatment plant in Johnsonburg is in the process of being closed with PennVest.
Johnsonburg Municipal Authority officials voted in favor of extending the authority's line of credit for one year with Northwest Savings Bank for $762,491.36 to cover the balance of PennVest's final payment request.
According to Linda Tillack, Northwest Savings Bank agreed to reduce the line credit from $2 million to the remaining PennVest balance.