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September 29th, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ The new West Creek Wetlands Learning Center, created by the Elk County Conservation District (ECCD), is now open to the public following a ribbon- cutting ceremony held Wednesday afternoon at the site.
Elk County Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine welcomed attendees and provided a tour of the new center, which has been 10 years in the making.
FOX TWP. â€“ Tuesday afternoon's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority was held at the Veolia ES Greentree Landfill in Fox Township. Prior to the meeting, authority members toured the site by bus and received an update about what has been taking place.
The landfill, which was established in 1987 and changed hands several times before coming under its current management, encompasses about 3,000 acres, with between 400 and 500 acres currently active under the facility's permit boundary.
Elk County Conservation District officials approved revisions to their personnel policy during Monday night's regular meeting.
The new Conservation District employee handbook contains 21 additional pages of policies, an improvement to its past six-page handbook.
ST. MARYS - "Large or small, we want 'em all."
That's the theme of this year's 7th Annual Big Buck Contest, which promises to be better than ever with a new scoring system for bucks and a contest for readers of The Daily Press, The Ridgway Record and The Kane Republican every week.
Darlene Coder, publisher of the three newspapers, explained several changes to this year's contest that she said would benefit both hunters and readers.
The Elk County Conservation District held their regular meeting Monday night to discuss the progress of the Elk County Monitoring Project.
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine announced that data loggers have been deployed and have recorded two weeks worth of baseline data in the Big Mill Creek and Bear Creek watersheds.
Bonfardine plans to have all 12 data loggers in Elk County streams by October.
Project interns have built six housing units for the data loggers.
KANE â€“ Bolstered by its business link with the Hamot Medical Center in Erie and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Kane Community Hospital (KCH) now has a healthy â€śbottom line.â€ť
This is the â€śgood newsâ€ť message delivered Monday by KCH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gary Rhodes in his annual report to the community.
According to figures released by Rhodes, KCH ended its fiscal year June 30 with a net income of $1,353,181. This is a â€śturn-aroundâ€ť of $1.56 million from the previous fiscal year that showed a loss of $209,000.
B. Patricia Stitt is the new Spanish and General Biology teacher at the Ridgway Area Middle/High School.
Stitt originated from Bogota, Colombia where she was a practicing veterinarian for 12 years, and an adjunct biology professor at the University in Bogota. It wasnâ€™t until 2004 that Stitt arrived in the United States and attended Clarion University for teaching.
Upon graduation, Stitt began teaching in the Otto-Eldred School District in Duke Center.
The Borough of Ridgway will use money allotted from Community Development Block Grant Funds for the remainder of repairs to the 700-foot retaining wall along Front Street.
The Borough was allotted $95,871 for financial fiscal year 2011.
"We completed about a third of it last year," said borough manager Martin Schuller. "We pressure-washed, stained and treated it."
During Monday night's meeting council members approved to submit another application to the Department of Community & Economic Development to finish the last section of the wall.
Repairs to the wall will begin in the fall.
The Elk County Gas Task Force's meeting Thursday night at the St. Marys Area Middle School drew landowners from across the region hoping to better understand the resources at their disposal, as well as their rights as property owners in the Marcellus Shale era.
Guest speakers Tom Wagner, Esq., of Meyer and Wagner in St. Marys, and Professor Ross Pifer of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, spoke with attendees about various legal aspects dealing with Marcellus Shale, beginning with the initial stages of lease negotiations.
The Ridgway YMCA will be hosting a â€śMini Groove for a Cureâ€ť event on Friday, Sept. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m.
"Since the Ridgway YMCA became an Activate America YMCA, each year we like to do something to give back to the community," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "In the past we have done such things as 'Coats for a Cause,' collected eye glasses for overseas and when Julie Lang came to me with this event I thought it would be something that we would love to host."