June 22nd, 2011
With a state budget possibly being in place by July 1, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (NCPRPDC) are preparing for new times.
In the wake of the Marcellus Shale drilling, the Borough of Ridgway is considering several routes in selling water to drilling operators.
ST. MARYS â€“ As part of its ongoing scholarship program, the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) awarded a total of 83 scholarships to local students this year totaling $77,225.
Of those scholarships, 20 were awarded to seniors from St. Marys Area High School, 19 from Ridgway Area High School, 17 from Elk County Catholic High School, 12 from Johnsonburg Area High School, six from DuBois Area High School, four from Brockway Area High School and two from Kane Area High School.
The Elk County Commissioners and members of the area's Tea Party group discussed a forensics program Tuesday morning during a board meeting.
"This forensics program goes back a long time, at least 18 months, when the grant was initially applied for through our Mental Health/Mental Retardation [MH/MR] program," said county Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel.
Initially, the MH/MR program, led by Cynthia Zembryki, received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to reduce recidivism in area prisons.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) announced on Tuesday afternoon that it had purchased a new 15-foot Brush Hog mower with $20,000 donated to the organization by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA). The mower will be used to maintain between 275 and 300 acres of State Game Lands in the Benezette area.
KECA President Rawley Cogan explained that the group, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, raised the funds through its banquet program.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority met last night to discuss the progress of the waste water treatment plant.
According to Pat Ward of Uni-Tec, the project is "right on the doorstep of final completion" and is estimated to near completion in 30 days.
"McCrossin has really picked up the speed and they are working diligently to finally bring this thing to closure," Ward said. "I was told they have been doing a good job cleaning the inside of the facilities and buildings.
County officials announced Tuesday that a local veterans' task force has been initiated to help bridge gaps between various groups dedicated to the assistance and advancement of the county's veterans.
"I hope to see the new task force work with the various veterans groups concerning different veterans' issues," said Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel. "We'll be meeting at least once a month with the Rides 4 Vets program, a great organization, and we're happy to forge together with them to see what kind of improvements can be made."
Jenny (Lind) DeLong, 70, of Woodland Avenue, Johnsonburg, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at home after a short illness.
She was born Dec. 24, 1940 in Titusville, daughter of the late Edward and Amy (Davidson) Lind.
On Aug. 27, 1960, she married Richard â€śDickâ€ť DeLong, who survives.
She was born and raised in Titusville and lived in Johnsonburg since 1964. She was a graduate of Titusville High School, attended Clarion University and spent one year traveling in Denmark learning from her family there.
WILCOX â€“ The Wilcox American Legion baseball team swept a doubleheader against Kane Monday at Jones Township Community Park.
Wilcox won 10-0 in five innings in the first game and then dominated in a 20-2, 5-inning matchup in the nightcap.
"We're just picking up where we left off," Wilcox coach Jeff Peterson said. "We didn't hit real well against Bradford. They're young, they're plugging. I give them credit, they don't quit. They show a lot of character in hanging there."
The Ridgway Borough Council voted in favor of adopting a resolution in support of H.R. 1489, "The Return to Prudent Banking Act," during last night's regular council meeting.
Ridgway resident Bill Branche proposed the resolution to council members at last month's meeting.
Council member Frank Quattrone read Resolution No. 3 - 2011 in support of H.R. 1489.
"The Return to Prudent Banking Act is an effective money and banking system essential to the functioning of the economy and such a system must function in the public interest without bias," Quattrone said.