August 24th, 2012
JAY TWP. - According to the Jay Township Board of Supervisors, the municipality and its taxpayers are footing increasingly large bills for communications made by Marcellus Shale companies utilizing the PA One Call (PAOC) system.
According to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), the function of the PAOC is to prevent damage to underground facilities by informing excavators, contractors, plumbers, builders, designers, and the general public of where underground lines are located before any projects in which earth will be disturbed commence.
Flying Dove Ranch, located along Old Red Mill Dam Road just outside of Ridgway, will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be food, refreshments, games, horse and buggy rides, face painting, clowns, balloon animals and more. The ranch is conveniently located 8.5 miles north of Ridgway off of Montmorenci Road and encases visitors within its 82 acres of outdoor tranquility.
The Brockway Center for Arts and Technology [BCAT], a multiyear collaborative effort, is currently in the final stage of its planning phase. Its doors are scheduled to open in January 2013 with initial program offerings in medical billing and coding, and pharmacy technician.
BCAT board members were on hand during a recent meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's board of directors to discuss the newly-established facility.
ST. MARYS â€“ Two area organizations that have provided support to Elk County communities over the years held a ribbon-cutting Thursday afternoon to celebrate their new shared space in the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys.
The Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) and St. Marys Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) will now make their headquarters inside the center.
ECCF is a nonprofit organization which manages endowed funds established by donors and then awards that funding locally to individuals, nonprofit organizations and others.
Following the replacement of Elk County's former earned income tax (EIT) collector CENTAX, by officials citing the company's failure to process tax returns and distribute funds in a timely manner, reports that the company is soon to shut down operations for good have begun to surface.
James S. Hornung, 78, of 109 W. 5th Street of Emporium, died Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 22, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys, with his family by his side following a very long, courageous fight with cancer.
He was born July 16, 1934, in Emporium, a son of the late Simon and Matilda â€śTillieâ€ť Oswald Hornung.
On May 21, 1955, in St. Mark Catholic Church, he married Sandra Regelman Hornung, who survives.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch golf team opened their dual meet season Wednesday afternoon by hosting the Johnsonburg Rams at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course.
The Dutchmen defeated the Rams by a 239-247 score.
Johnsonburgâ€™s Cameron Grumley was the medalist on the day with his 36.
For the Dutchmen, Quinn Cunningham and Kyle Pistner shared medalist honors with their 46s. Dillon Gallagher was next with a 47, followed by Owen Schreiber and Justin Beimel with 50s. Rudy Gleixner finished with a 56. Jordan Wehler had a 58 and Garrett Wendel a 59.
Guidelines for the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance [PREP] program, as well as funding allocations, have been released by the Department of Community and Economic Development.
"Funding for economic development programs for PREP came in the same as last year, $11.8 million," said Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. "Guidance from DCED indicates that each individual PREP region will be getting the same amount that they did last year."
Upon entering the sanctuary of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in St. Marys, parishioners and visitors will not notice a physical difference. The church has not changed, but has rather realigned itself with a more conservative reformed denomination of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).
BRADFORD â€“ The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is more than the major provider of higher education in a six-county area.
A study shows that the college also boosts the economy.
The study indicates that Pitt-Bradford contributed $67.5 million to the regional economy in 2011.
Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of the college, said Wednesday that the study â€śconfirms our impact on the regionâ€™s economy.â€ť
He discussed the study and other issues Wednesday at a 100-minute forum with area media representatives at the Frame-Westerberg Commons on campus.