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February 28th, 2012
SMETHPORT â McKean County and its municipalities soon will be reaping the benefits of âimpact feesâ assessed on Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas wells.
Acting Tuesday at a meeting at the courthouse in Smethport, the county Board of Commissioners agreed to advertise the ordinance that sets the fees on wells drilled in the county. The ordinance is based on state legislation finalized earlier this month.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed the ordinance, which is expected to be officially adopted by the county board at its meeting March 20.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is set to recommend that the Elk County Commissioners approve parting ways with ECS&R, the company the county has contracted with since 2006 for universal and household hazardous waste (HHW) collections, after Veolia submitted a significantly lower bid for the same services.
According to Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling/solid waste coordinator, the county stands to save around $5,000 by contracting with Veolia.
Veolia and ECS&R were the only two companies to submit bids for the services.
ST. MARYS - In a campaign stop in St. Marys this past Friday, Congressman Glenn Thompson, who is seeking re-election as representative for Pa.'s 5th District, spoke to supporters gathered at Gunner's Restaurant and asked for their vote.
Thompson also discussed at Friday's event the expansion of his voter base as the result of recent redistricting, or reapportionment, of the Congressional 5th district by the state's legislative leaders in the Pa. House and Senate. Redistricting takes place every 10 years following the outcome of the Census.
With Lent under way and Easter quickly approaching, a group of residents from Elk Towers in St. Marys is looking to brighten the Easter season for residents at area nursing homes. The group, called The Easter Bunny and Friends, is comprised of Diane Groeger, who acts as Easter bunny and is president of the Residents' Association at Elk Towers; Kathy Oley, vice president of the Residents' Association; Judy Schaefer, secretary of the Residents' Association; Rosemary Gray; Bonnie Carnahan; Mary Hadden; and Mary Ann Mello.
As more servicemen and women return home with the de-escalation of the War on Terror, veterans' organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), with their ever-diminishing ranks, see the younger generation as the last hope and their membership as vital to the longevity and even the existence of these organizations.
Quilts for babies and toddlers are being collected until March 31 as part of the Cuddling Kids project sponsored by Tangled Threads, a quilting supply store located on Erie Avenue in St. Marys.
"We are asking all quilters to look into their hearts and give to this wonderful project," said Emily Snelick, co-owner of Tangled Threads. "We are accepting any types of quilts - flannel, cotton, fleece, etc."
The Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] was awarded a $1,000 mini-grant from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts [PACD] to co-host a Manure Management Workshop with the Cameron County Conservation District.
"PACD is offering mini-grants for districts to host manure workshops, so we decided to take advantage of this opportunity and host a workshop," said Conservation District Manager Steve Putt.
During 2011, the Crystal Fire Department responded to 276 incidents, an increase of 14 from the previous year, according to Bill Kraus, fire chief, during a recent City Council meeting where he presented the organization's annual fire report.
"Out of the 277 calls, we only had seven fires," Kraus said. "When people are in trouble, they call the guys in the big red trucks. We don't have a problem with those calls."
In 2011, there were 114 general alarms, 60 public service calls, 40 investigations, 39 rescue calls and 23 training events.
The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce presented "A Night at the Races" on Saturday evening as part of their annual dinner. Attendees gathered inside the Red Fern, which was transformed into a horse racetrack in conjunction with the event's theme.
Editor's note: This is the tenth and final part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding items in the society's collection related to winter throughout the community's early history.
While old photographs can showcase many common activities and sights from winters throughout the community's history, local historian Ray Beimel explained during the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township's recent banquet that not every picture is as it appears.