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June 10th, 2012
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.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk Regional Health Center's highly anticipated eight-bed maternity unit was revealed at an open house Tuesday in St. Marys.
The new maternity unit, which cost approximately $1.7 million to complete, began July 2011 and is part of ERHC's $10.3 million construction and renovation project, which includes a new third floor with 42 new, private medical/surgical/pediatrics rooms with private baths in each; two new, centrally located nurses' stations to oversee each half of the medical/surgical/pediatrics unit; and a new 10-bed geriatric behavioral health unit.
After garnering over 61 percent of the voters' approval in the November general election, Susanne Straub Schneider has settled in over the last few months as the county's new prothonotary.
Susanne originally started out in the second deputy's position within the office, a post that served as a stepping stone for greater things to come.
"When the second deputy position became available, [Elk County Treasurer Peggy Schneider] asked me if I would be interested," Susanne said. "I interviewed with the prothonotary at the time, David Frey, and I was hired as second deputy, that was in 2010.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Kayla Pavlock, the class valedictorian of the Johnsonburg Area School District's Class of 2012, recounted her 12 years of schooling Friday night during commencement ceremonies held in front of a packed house at the high/middle school.
Pavlock recalled her early memories of moving from the elementary school to the big building on the hill.