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September 2nd, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ Thursday night, representatives from the telecommunications industry, as well as local businesses and government officials, met at Gunners Restaurant in St. Marys to discuss the implications of a proposed area code change for the region slated to take effect in the first quarter of 2015.
As many municipalities within the county are profiting from the Marcellus Shale drilling, the Ridgway Township Municipal Authority voted Thursday in favor of initiating possible negotiations with the Borough of Ridgway concerning the potential delivery of bulk water sales at various locations throughout the township.
Authority members plan to meet with Ridgway Borough officials in the near future to discuss the matter.
Works superintendent Carl Gosnell noted that the township is not equipped to supply the drilling operators.
John Wygant, fire chief at the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department, attended Tuesday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting seeking borough officials' blessings for the purchase of a new fire truck.
Department officials are in the process of purchasing a pumper/rescue truck, combining an engine and a rescue truck into one.
"We haven't bought a new pumper in 13 years," Wygant said. "The average life span is 20 years and then you have to start putting money into them. We have a piece of equipment now that we are continually putting money into and we want to eliminate that.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Rene Timm, another new kindergarten teacher at Johnsonburg Elementary School, chose a teaching career because of her brother.
â€śI decided to become a teacher because of my brother,â€ť Timm said. â€śHe was a child who struggled in school because he had a serious medical condition. Even though he eventually overcame his health issues, he was passed from one grade to another because teachers felt bad for him.â€ť
She recalls sitting and doing her homework wondering why her brother never really had anything to do. Eventually, she noticed a change for the worse as time went by.
"Yellow-bellied sapsucker" may sound like an insult, but members of the newly formed Allegheny Highlands Bird Club know it's actually one of the many bird species living in the region. Club members are hoping to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about this bird and others with residents in Elk and surrounding counties.
"The area is really, really rich in birds and lots of different species of birds," said John Fedak, the club's president.
The Borough of Ridgway held a special council meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss the option of contracting CSG Consulting, LLC out of Clarion to market the borough's water supply to drilling operators.
CSG Consulting officials propose to market and sell the borough's water on a commission basis at 12.5 percent of gross sales for a period of no less than five years.
Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner announced during Tuesday afternoon's Solid Waste Authority meeting that she was successful in obtaining a grant from the Stackpole Hall Foundation to aid in the purchase of a new baler for the Community Recycling Center, which is located at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys.
The county's recycling program stands to lose a significant amount of state funding during the upcoming grant cycle, according to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner.
"They are going to be cutting the amount of 904 funding that we can expect to get by about 40 percent and we're looking at losing at least $5,000," Titchner informed members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority on Tuesday afternoon.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ As a former Johnsonburg Elementary School student, Kayla Nelson, the new Title I math teacher is inspired to be a part of the Johnsonburg School District as a teacher.
â€śI am so excited andÂ honoredÂ to be part of such a fantastic school district,â€ť Nelson said. â€śAs a former Johnsonburg graduate, it is truly a privilege for me to return to the school district to follow in the footsteps of my elementary school teachers.â€ť
The Penfield Fire Department reported being called out to Boone Mountain Road in Fox Township Sunday evening by residents concerned with what they thought was a gas well explosion.