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April 29th, 2012
BENEZETTE â€“Â Area fire crews spent several hours battling a fire that burned several acres along SR 555, east of Benezette, on Sunday afternoon.
According to Elk County 911 email alerts, the Jay Township Volunteer Fire Department was called out to the area of 10461 Route 555 between Hulett Street and Summerson Road at 3:40 p.m. The Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department and Crystal Fire Department from St. Marys were both called to the scene at 4:12 p.m.
The foursome of Wee J. Fernan, Charlie Gausman, Scott Jacobs and Steve Martin earned the overall best time on Saturday in the 31st installment of the Ridgway Triathlon.
Fernan owned the best time in the 5-mile run at 29 minutes and nine seconds while Gausman took third place in the 15-mile bike ride. Jacobs and Martin finished the 9-mile canoe race in one hour, 24 minutes and 39 seconds. The foursome finished in two hours, 34 minutes and 22 seconds.
ST. MARYS â€“ A crowd of nearly 100 people gathered forÂ RoseMarie Terenzio's "Fairy Tale Interrupted" book signing on Friday evening at the St. Marys Public Library, with all proceeds from book sales benefitting the library.
The event marked the kickoff of the library's 100th anniversary, which is being celebrated in July. In May the library plans to roll out their new e-book program as well, according to Scarlette Corbin, library executive director.
The Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Fifth Annual Wine and Herb "Taste of the Town Tour" to be held Friday, May 4 from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Ridgway.
Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Mary Kucenski invites participants to stroll along historic Main Street, visiting unique shops and sampling local wines and foods.
The 31st Annual Ridgway Triathlon will commence Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
The race will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the Elk County Courthouse on Main Street in downtown Ridgway. From there, runners will head down to the Clarion/Little Toby Trail for a 5-mile run. Bikers then will then make a 15-mile round trip on Portland Mills Road (state Route 949) before riding a canoe or kayak from Country Squirrel Outfitters to the finish line at the Portland Mills canoe launch.
Regardless of the random snow earlier this week, motorcycle riders have been taking advantage of the early spring and mild weather to rev up and head on down the road.
Back in February, Governor Tom Corbett unveiled a $27.1 billion state budget proposal that held the line on taxes while making deep cuts in higher education assistance.
The spending plan is reportedly only a 1-percent decrease from last year's budget; however, Corbett's initial plan calls for cuts of over $300 million from 14 state-owned universities and a small reduction in funding for public schools.
According to David Mitchell, the current director of Corbett's northwest regional office out of Erie, the proposed budget continues to be the hot topic in Harrisburg.
SYKESVILLE â€“ As the parent of a child with autism, Lisa Witherite of Sykesville is part of a rapidly increasing group. With autism diagnoses up sharply in the U.S., 23 percent over two years according to a Center for Disease Control study, more parents than ever before are faced with the difficulties associated with raising an autistic child.
WILCOX â€“ During a recent East Branch Dam Safety Initiative meeting, residents and various agency personnel were notified about new updates to the project.
"We're considering for this project a community information system. We've done this at some of our other projects. It will be voluntary and will be a 9-1-1 type number, although it is not an emergency line," said Mike Rattay, project manager.
The system consists of an automated calling list which will contact people in the evening to announce public meetings, construction activities, road closures, and other events.
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] held a quarterly full board meeting Wednesday afternoon, with workforce development dominating the conversation.
Key North Central officials were joined by U.S. Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-5) via teleconference as the legislator highlighted H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012.