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October 30th, 2012

Payments to state retirees adjusted due to storm

October 30, 2012

HARRISBURG -- Because of accelerated payment and mail schedules, State Treasurer Rob McCord today advised those who will receive benefit payments this week from the Public School Employees Retirement System, the State Employees
Retirement System, and the State Supplementary Payment Program to first
verify the date on those checks before attempting to deposit or cash
those payments.
Treasury adjusted its planning and mailing schedules in anticipation of
Hurricane Sandy, said Treasurer McCord, in order to avoid a delay in
the arrival of certain priority payments. As a result, checks sent

Steps to take before using flooded water wells

October 30, 2012

WESTERVILLE, Ohio - In the event of water well flooding due to Hurricane Sandy, owners of household wells should take precautions to make sure their water is safe and the well is in good operating condition, according to the National Ground Water Association.

October 29th

Speed limit reductions on state roads

October 29, 2012

HARRISBURG - Due to the dangerous wind speeds associated with Hurricane Sandy, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are expanding temporary speed limit reductions and some vehicle restrictions to eastern and south central Pa. roadways.

'Career Planning for your Child' parent information session held recently at ECCHS

October 29, 2012

ST. MARYS - Recently, the North Central Workforce Investment Board, the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties and Elk County Catholic High School jointly hosted a parent information session entitled, “Career Planning for Your Child.”
With a major job and job-training shift taking place all throughout America, it is critical that parents and students understand this shift and its implications. The session focused on parents being involved in helping their children make career choices.

Trash sites recently found on the Elk State Forest

October 29, 2012

In less than one week, three different trash sites have been located on the Elk State Forest.  The sites were located close to Emporium, within seven miles: Canoe Run Road, Four Mile Road and Crooked Run Road. The sites' content was varied: food wrappings and paper, old computer parts and finally, housewares. 

National Fuel offers flooding precautions

October 29, 2012

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – National Fuel offers customers the following information should they experience flooding in their basements:
•  If flooding has affected a customer’s natural gas appliances (furnaces, hot water tanks, etc.), they should not attempt to re-light the pilot lights on that equipment. If furnace or hot water tank controls were submerged, the floodwater may have caused damage that could
affect the safe operation of the equipment. A qualified contractor should be called to inspect the appliances.

Area Agencies on Aging can help coordinate disaster assistance

October 29, 2012

HARRISBURG – Local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) can coordinate shelter or find services for older Pennsylvanians during Hurricane Sandy.  Residents are encouraged to visit www.aging.state.pa.us or call 1-800-490-8505 to be connected with an AAA in their local area.
AAAs are the local representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. They carry out many programs such as:
Home-delivered meals; Family caregiver support; home services; Assistance for individuals with finding residential living and domiciliary care; and
Protective services.

Herman A. Grotzinger

October 29, 2012

Herman A. Grotzinger, 90, of 435 Evers Ave., St. Marys, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 7, 1922 in St. Marys, son of the late Ambrose and Margaret Smith Grotzinger. On Oct. 7, 1947, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Eleen I. Smith, who survives.
Mr. Grotzinger was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a retired employee of Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1987 after 43.5 years of service, and owned Grotzinger Agway for 30 years.

Kid's Day at the mall will benefit THON

October 29, 2012

DuBOIS – Students on the Penn State DuBois THON committee will host a Kid's Day fundraising event from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, at the DuBois Mall. All children and their parents and guardians are invited to attend and have fun, while making a positive impact in the battle against childhood cancer.

October 28th

New life jacket rule begins Nov. 1

October 29, 2012

HARRISBURG – When sunny days and fall foliage tempt the boater in you, don’t forget about your life jacket, especially if you are planning to use a canoe, kayak or similar small boat.
Beginning Nov. 1 and lasting through April 30, boaters are required to wear a life jacket while under way or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak, under a new state regulation passed in September by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

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