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June 29th, 2011

Kersey man sentenced to prison for bank fraud

June 29, 2011

ERIE – A Kersey man has been sentenced to seven months in federal prison on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Richard "Rick" Alan Raspatello, 56, of 1418 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, who pleaded guilty to the charge, also has been ordered to make restitution in the amount of $86,953.14, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Erie.

Forest firefighters help battle epic blaze

June 29, 2011

What began as a small unattended campfire on May 29 has turned into the biggest blaze in Arizona history. Recently helping in the battle against this epic blaze were forest firefighters Don Weis of St. Marys and Bill Maiers of Johnsonburg.
The pair recently returned from a 17-day stint out West, from June 8-24, where they were among three Pennsylvania crews sent out to assist with the firefighting efforts.
"A fire of this size will need resources from all over the country," Weis said.

Conservation District seeks new logo

June 29, 2011

Members of the Elk Conservation District announced at their meeting earlier this week that they plan to have a new logo created for the organization. The current logo used by the group on its county website was created by conservation district member Kim Bonfardine and was never officially adopted by the group.
Chairman Russ Braun sparked the logo discussion when he asked members to adopt the current, unofficial logo, so that he could have it put on shirts for members to wear during an upcoming field day.

User-friendly packet available for erosion and sediment control

June 29, 2011

Elk Conservation District manager Steve Putt informed his fellow group members at their recent meeting that he had developed a fill-in-the-blank packet for individuals who need to have an erosion and sediment control plan, as stipulated in Chapter 102 of the Pennsylvania Code. Putt referred to the packet he created for information related to the erosion and sediment control plan as a "small project."

June 28th

Program offers confidential option for care of unwanted newborns

June 28, 2011

As many people have read or seen in news reports, a northeastern Pennsylvania couple was arrested this month on charges of killing their unwanted newborn. While this is an extreme and rare situation, it is important for people to know that the state has a program in place to help people who are unwilling or unable to care for their child to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

New 911 Center, no new taxes

June 28, 2011

RIDGWAY - With tax revenue already budgeted and a bond issue, Elk County officials have been able to purchase the Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] to house the county's 911 Center with no new taxes.
"In the taxes that we bring in in our budgeted tax revenue, there is a small percentage for at least the last 20 years that has been levied for capital improvements," said Daniel R. Freeburg, one of three commissioners for Elk County.

June 27th

Invasive weed survey to be conducted

June 27, 2011

Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt announced during the group's meeting Monday evening that organization is teaming up with the Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) to conduct an invasive and noxious weed survey on a limited number of area properties between now and the end of August. According to Putt, only 17 property surveys will be conducted.
"We have the ability to do up to 17 of these surveys and at this point we're open to do 17," Putt said.

Band instrument donations to fuel new youth music program

June 27, 2011

As part of an initiative to encourage music participation in young students, Elk County Catholic High School (ECCHS) is seeking donations of old band instruments which will be put into the hands of fourth grade students to provide them with the opportunity to learn to play an instrument.
"We are hoping to increase the number of students by putting instruments in their hands and to build a strong music program," said ECCHS Band Director Ray Knight.

Ridgway Rotary holds 1st annual Quilting Bee

June 27, 2011

The Ridgway Rotary is introducing its first annual Quilting Bee fundraiser and local wilderness-themed quilt to be completed by residents.
Local residents are invited to join in on the fun and help construct a block of the quilt, which will be raffled off at the Rotary's annual Quilt Show on Oct. 15 at the Udarbe Complex.
"One of our fundraising projects for this year is to begin the annual Quilting Bee," said Rotarian Linda Assalone Holtz. "All of the profits from raffling the quilt will go right back to the town.
"The concept is to design a quilt and let the residents help make it."

June 26th

St. Marys parks have 'ideas worth sharing'

June 26, 2011

A new project to spark creativity in the community, titled “Ideas Worth Sharing,” has begun at the parks in St. Marys. Started by Park Director Denny Posteraro, the project focuses on the children and adults in the community by keeping them entertained, increasing their knowledge in the arts and maintaining a connection with the passion for learning new things.
“Usually parents sign their kids up for things,” said Posteraro. “We want to kids to go home and ask their parents to do these things because they want to.”

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