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July 28th, 2011

Annual HHW collection set for Aug. 6

July 29, 2011

The county's annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the electronics recycling site at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys beginning at 9 a.m.
According to recycling coordinator Bekki Titchner, the collection will allow area residents to dispose of much of the hazardous material that is not accepted at the ongoing paint and pesticide and bulbs and batteries collections.

Preliminary numbers not good for North Central programs

July 29, 2011

With extensive cuts across the board to many critical programs in the state budget, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (NCPRPDC) are feeling the heat.
With projected revenue factored in for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, at first glance, officials may be facing a deficit of well over $3 million.

Jay supervisors discuss roads, tax collector

July 29, 2011

During the most recent Jay Township Supervisors meeting, several residents expressed concern over the dry, dusty roads, some requesting them to be watered down.
Jim Burke said he spoke to State Representative Matt Gabler's office about the installation of a cell phone tower in the township. He added there is a site available for land acquisition which may make an ideal location.
"A cell phone tower for the valley is long overdue," Burke said.
Supervisor Francis Gustafson said he would like to see a group of 4-5 volunteers look such a project.

July 27th

Transportation focal point of North Central meeting

July 28, 2011

Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Barry J. Schoch made a conference call Wednesday morning to board members at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] to discuss possibilities handed down from the governor's funding advisory commission.
The funding advisory commission was reportedly formed to study various transportation issues plaguing the state, including new ways to fund the many transportation needs of the commonwealth.

Learning center receives facelift

July 28, 2011

The West Creek Wetland Learning Center located along West Creek Road in St. Marys has undergone major improvements to its landscape, making for a more enjoyable educational experience.
"We have been spending a lot of time out there this past month," said Elk County Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine.
The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the center ready for its grand opening on Sept. 28.

Council discusses fracking ordinance

July 28, 2011

During a recent City Council meeting, several topics were discussed, including instituting a set of mandates to protect against water fracking and a proposed increase in the Elk County Tax Collection Committee.
Councilman Dick Dornisch brought up discussion regarding the need to protect water sources in our area, specifically those located on private property.
He noted that a city taskforce focused on Marcellus Shale activity "came up with a set of rules that are pretty decent" regarding fracking in the city.

James J. Eozzo

July 28, 2011

James J. Eozzo, 83, of Napimo, Calif., died Wednesday, July 27, 2011at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born March 24,1928, son of the late Nicholas and Vencheniza Condello Eozzo.
He resided in Johnsonburg, where he attended school. Later, he moved to California.
He was self-employed with EZO Pumping in California.
He enjoyed golfing, gambling and being with his family and friends.

Lawrence F. Serafini

July 28, 2011

Lawrence F. Serafini, 67, of 101 N. Mill St., Ridgway, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born February 20, 1944, in Ridgway, the son of the late Benny and Mary Cantafio Serafini Sr.
He had lived most of his life in Ridgway. Larry enjoyed bowling. He had been employed at Clarion Sintered Metals for 40 years, retiring in 2006.

Helen A. Krug

July 28, 2011

Helen A. Krug, 86, of 288 Ford Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor after a brief illness.
She was born Dec. 9, 1924 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Michael and Helena Bizjak Ausserer.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of St. Marys High School.
For 25 years, she worked at Powdered Metal Products, retiring in 1988. She was a member of Queen of the World Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing and being with her family.

July 26th

Residents receive water shutoff messages in error

July 27, 2011

In the days leading up to Tuesday, residents throughout St. Marys and Fox Township received automated phone messages from the St. Marys Water Authority informing them that their water would be shut off on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. According to water authority secretary Dorothy Meyer, many of those calls were sent out by mistake.
“We have a new automated system that will call customers in an affected area,” Meyer explained.

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