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February 17th, 2012
Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors saw more infighting between board members as allegations of secret deliberations continue to surface.
The split between members of the board was highlighted at Jay Township's re-organization meeting held this past January, during which Supervisor Murray K. Lilley's position as the township's equipment/road manager was terminated, effectively ending his tenure as an employee of the township.
Following January's meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors in which a representative from Elexco Land Services presented information on EQT's intent to conduct seismic testing on all of the township's more than 50 miles of road residents at Thursday's meeting asked what they could expect as a result of the increased activity.
Attendees asked with all the activity within the township if EQT would be covering the cost of water testing for individuals with the increase in drilling expected.
Some people really are out for your blood - but that's not always a bad thing. Just ask Wendy McCoy, a phlebotomist at Elk Regional Health Center since June 2011.
McCoy, a 1986 graduate of Ridgway Area High School, moved back to the area from Kitanning about two years ago and works part-time at ERHC.
Phlebotomists draw blood from a patient's veins to collect samples for testing. McCoy said "phlebotomist" comes from the Greek word "phlebos," which means "vein."
"It basically means specializing in veins," McCoy said.
St. Marys Area School District superintendent Ann Kearney at Monday's meeting of the board of directors presented a utility cost and usage report, detailing the district's energy costs and consumption in each of its school buildings over the past three years.
Those who watched the television show "The Voice" on Monday evening may be familiar with Pip, the clean-cut young man wearing the suspenders and bow tie who wowed all four of the judges with his rendition of "House of the Rising Sun."
ST. MARYS - A resolution to include Ridgway Area School District in a pre-existing athletic co-operative between St. Marys Area School District and Elk County Catholic High School was the subject of much discussion at Monday night's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors. Terry Straub, student activities director for SMASD, said the issue involves the modification of the current co-operative between SMASD and ECC for the sports of swimming and diving to also include the Ridgway Area School District.
A captivating night of horse racing awaits those planning to attend the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Dinner, taking place Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Red Fern.
"We have a lot of fun and exciting things planned for this year's dinner and we hope to see everyone there," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber community outreach coordinator.
As part of The Chamber Derby, gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with cocktails being served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and dinner taking place at 6:45 p.m. Diners may choose from entrees of chicken, prime rib or shrimp.
Now that Valentine's Day is over and everyone is admiring the engagement ring he surprised you with, it's time to think about how to protect that symbol of love so that it will last as long as the many happy years you will have together.
At the St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors meeting Monday, the board voted to approve a new teacher contract. Superintendent Anne Kearney said the contract being presented was the result of extensive negotiations between the St. Marys Area School Board and St. Marys Education Association as represented in the matter by association president Julie Bish.
According to Kearney, the two sides reached an agreement after "many meetings discussing the current economic state of Pennsylvania and the community."
During the recent Fox Township Supervisors meeting, Scott Surra, chief of Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department, presented a report on the department.
According to Surra, the department was dispatched 83 times in 2011.
"This is substantially below our 10-year average," Surra said. "The wet spring and fall months kept our brush and grass fire responses to only one."
There were a total of 78 full alarms and five silent alarms, which only required a department officer(s) to respond.