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September 14th, 2011

County accepts ‘Rails To Trails’ feasibility study

September 14, 2011

SMETHPORT – The “Rails To Trails” feasibility study has been finalized and now is available for public inspection at the county planning office.
The McKean County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday that claims the “project was completed in accordance with the grant agreement.”
“The plan and related materials will be used to guide future recreation and conservation decisions,” the commissioners said in the resolution adopted at a meeting at the county courthouse.

September 13th

Borough approves number of bids

September 13, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – 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.

Township raises taxes on migrant workers

September 13, 2011

WILCOX – 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."

September 12th

Residents remember 9/11

September 12, 2011

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.

September 10th

Chamber prepares for fall festivities

September 10, 2011

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.

September 9th

School district receives grant

September 9, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – 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.

September 8th

Historical Society hosts annual Cemetery Walk

September 8, 2011

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.

First-grade teacher using hobby to inspire children

September 8, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Beau Iorfido is another one of Johnsonburg Elementary School’s first-grade teachers.
Iorfido plans on using one of his own hobbies to teach the children.
“One of my favorite hobbies includes learning how to play the guitar,” Iorfido said. “This is something that I enjoy learning on my own time. It is also something that I will incorporate into my classroom.”
Iorfido says he has found that children love to sing along and learn while listening to music.

Ruling on forest stone may help in drilling case

September 8, 2011

Last week’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.
That’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.

September 7th

CDBG project funds approved

September 7, 2011

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.

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