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April 19th, 2011
Elk County officials discussed the local government's advanced knowledge of Marcellus Shale development and unveiled detailed maps Tuesday morning to better educate the taxpayers.
According to Jim Abbey, director of the county's information technology/geospatial information systems [IT/GIS] department, officials have recently undertaken the task of plotting all well site activity within the county.
"The county website right now has a map with all the permitted well sites within the county," Abbey said. "These maps are now being made at the municipal level now."
St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer signed a proclamation on Monday evening honoring the Penn-Elk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of its chartering.
As she read the proclamation, Geyer stated that the Penn-Elk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized on April 17, 1920 and chartered on April 17, 1921.
Tom Farley is not in violation of the Home Rule Charter and is eligible to run for another term on St. Marys City Council since, if elected, there will be a two-year gap between when he last served and when he rejoins the board. This opinion was presented to members of council in the form of a letter from Attorney Tom Wagner on Monday evening.
The St. Marys Public Library recently upgraded computer equipment inside its Children's Library, which was funded by a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The grant will also provide funding for acoustic improvements for the library's large meeting room.
Linda Hoffman, owner of McDonald's of St. Marys, was on hand Monday afternoon to present a check to Scarlette Corbin, library director, and Vicki Miller, children's services director.
Joining the St. Marys Area Ambulance Service benefits individuals by reducing the amount they have to pay in the event of an emergency; however, the membership funds are also crucial to the ambulance service because they allow for the purchase of new equipment.
According to St. Marys Area Ambulance Service Manager Bert Sorg, all of the service's equipment is purchased with membership funds and it is important for items to continually be updated in order to provide the best service to area residents.
As part of its 23rd annual Women's Recognition Dinner, the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce's dinner organizing committee has chosen to go green with an environmental theme, "Flowers Feed the Soul."
The dinner is set for Wednesday, April 27 at the Diamond View Restaurant, starting with a cash bar at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available by contacting the Chamber office at 781-3804. The deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, April 21.
The Elk County Historical Society held its 47th annual dinner Friday night at The Royal Inn in memory of Alice Wessman-Saline, a charter member of the organization.
The dinner began with an invocation by pastor Craig Duffield of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Guests were welcomed by society director Mary Kalinowski.
Wessman-Saline was born in Ridgway on Christmas Day in 1924. She was a graduate of the Ridgway High School and the DuBois Business College.
Area residents may have noticed that candidates' political signs for the upcoming primary election on May 17 have already begun to appear in various locations throughout the city, even though the election is still over a month away.
While the section of the city's sign ordinance pertaining to temporary signs allows candidates to display an unlimited number of political signs, it also stipulates that "such signs may only be displayed between 30 days prior to and 5 days after an election."
The cost of lunch may be increasing for St. Marys Area School District students.
SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney explained the proposal during a recent school board meeting, stating that elementary lunches could increase five cents, from $1.45 to $1.50, and middle and high school lunches may increase by 25 cents, from $1.50 to $1.75
In addition, the cost of a la carte lunch would increase 25 cents, from $1.55 to $1.80.
The historic Elk Casino is hosting the third stop of the Straub Brewery Charity Pub Crawl beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
"We like to support the community and we have done a lot of fundraising in the past," explained Elk Casino co-owner Betty Wycoff on why the establishment chose to host the event.
The crowd-pleasing area band Six Pak will headline the event, taking the stage at 9 p.m.
"We are looking forward to putting on another great show to show our support for charities involved," said Ryan Herzing, Six Pak rhythm guitarist and vocalist.