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April 15th, 2012
Diagnoses of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have reached unprecedented highs across the nation, with one in 88 children to be diagnosed this year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released on March 29.
This has raised concerns and drawn attention to the needs of children and families living with ASD. While autism remains without a definitive cause or known cure, much of the focus at the individual level surrounds treatment, as well as schooling of children with an ASD.
A hundred years of hindsight have allowed for increased research and speculation regarding the sinking of the Titanic in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. Today, stories about the disaster are everywhere, featured in countless books, movies, and newspaper and magazine articles. Different angles of the tragedy are continuously examined, with topics ranging from the fictional story portrayed in the hit blockbuster movie "Titanic," to a recent article discussing the fates of the dogs that were onboard the ship, to ongoing debates related to how to best preserve the site of the wreckage.
Residents voiced their concern to the Fox Township Supervisors on numerous issues during a recent meeting.
Brian Dornisch presented his concern about the dust problems along the far end of Boone Mountain Road where he resides. He stated the dust is "causing unacceptable living conditions" and said he has missed several days of work due to the dust affecting his allergies.
Supervisor and Roadmaster Randy Gradizzi said Boone Mountain Road is one of the first roads scheduled to be oiled.
Dornisch also voiced his concern about the speeding vehicles, specifically ATVs, along the road.
BRADFORD - On Friday morning, the University of Pittsburgh's Bradford campus received a bomb threat similar to those that have been plaguing the university's main campus for the past two months.
According to UPB Director of Communications and Marketing Pat Cercone, at 10:30 a.m. Friday the main campus received an email stating there was a bomb in Hanley Library on the Bradford campus.
April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a period in which outreach groups place extra emphasis on raising public awareness about sexual violence and educating people and the public at large about how to prevent it.
Beginning in the fall, the Elk County Catholic School System will incorporate iPads into their curriculum.
JAY TWP. - The Pennsylvania State Police have issued a warning to Jay Township residents urging them to lock their vehicles and take valuable items inside following a recent string of burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles in the area.
Trooper Craig A. Smith, the investigating officer in two recent thefts from a motor vehicle, said the criminal activity has peaked within the last month and the investigation has yet to yield any suspects.
RIDGWAY - Township supervisors from Elk County had concerns about the stateâ€™s new oil and gas drilling law versus local ordinances at a recent meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
Fox Township Supervisor and Roadmaster Randy Gradizzi and Jay Township Supervisor Murray Lilley questioned representatives from the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) about protections in the new law (Act 13 of 2012) and whether they were sufficient to adequately shield area residents and water sources from the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling.
RIDGWAY - Ridgway Mayor Guillermo Udarbe and Consul General of the Philippines Mario De Leon Jr. and his staff attended a meeting with Congressman Glenn Thompson [PA-5] Wednesday afternoon at his office in Bellefonte to encourage sponsorship of a bill aimed to allow the duty-free entry of Philippine garments into the U.S.
Currently the bill, H.R. 2387, Save Our Industries Act, has 20 bipartisan cosponsors hoping to grant the duty-free entry of Philippine garments into the United States if the textiles and fabrics are made in the U.S.
RIDGWAY - Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) presented some more in-depth information about the state's newly enacted legislation dealing with Marcellus Shale drilling at a Tuesday meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
Act 13 of 2012 amends the state's oil and gas regulations and was signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett on Feb. 14, 2012. The law implements an unconventional gas well fee, or a drilling impact fee, and directs funds generated by the impact fee to local and state governments.