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September 20th, 2012
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Senior Environmental Scientist Travis Long of Gwin Dobson & Foreman [GD&F] attended his first Johnsonburg Municipal Authority meeting Tuesday night to update the board on the status of the engineering services as outlined in a consent order and agreement proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
"I look forward to working with all of you on this project," Long said. "I just wanted to go down through the major consent order items - they are first and foremost."
Long notified the board that he and his team have already conducted preliminary site visits.
Les Haas, a former member of the Elk County Conservation District and Waterways Conservation Officer with the Pa. Fish an Boat Commission, died unexpectedly seven months ago, but his memory will be kept alive Sept. 22 with the 1st Annual Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge.
"Les was an avid outdoorsman and was involved in many conservation efforts," said Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt. "Les passed away earlier this year and we wanted to do something to honor and remember him. We decided to call our trail race the Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge in his honor."
ST. MARYS â€“ An upcoming program will help parents teach their young children about the formation of faith, values and virtues.Â
The Elk County Board of Commissioners approved three agreements Tuesday morning regarding the Northern Tier Regional NG911 Telecommunications Project for the county's new 911 Center.
The project, which includes Cameron, Clarion, Forest, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Crawford and Warren counties, effectively creates a regional 911 system.
The project went out for bid and after the bids were reviewed at a public meeting earlier this year, the commissioners awarded the winning bid to Verizon. The total cost and 5-year maintenance agreement brings the total bill to roughly $2.169 million.
County officials and poll workers are quickly preparing for the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and possible struggles with the state's new voter identification requirements.
The Chautauqua Art Challenge, an event inspired by the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, is scheduled to hit Mayville, N.Y. on Sept. 24-29.
The weeklong event, conjured up by Rendezvous genius Rick Boni, will feature a painting competition, clay competition, cardboard/fabric sculpture competition, ice carving competition, and wood carving competition.
"It's a wonderful opportunity," said Liz Boni of Appalachian Arts Studio. "It was probably a couple of years after the Rendezvous where Rick [Boni] thought it'd be really neat to have an event where you're really challenged.
Following a recommendation from the Fire, Police, Property and Equipment Committee the Ridgway Borough Council approved the use of timber sale proceeds to fund a potential site for a proposed camping area during Monday night's regular meeting.
The committee and guests reviewed a map of the potential site for a proposed wilderness campground located on borough property along Water Works Road.
Borough Manager Martin Schuller will notify solicitor David Pontzer concerning the use of timber sale proceeds to fund the project.
Those who want to bring home some of the beauty and inspiring sites from along the Elk Scenic Drive may now do so with a recently published photography book by area resident Marci Geise.
The book, which is appropriately titled "Elk Scenic Drive," contains 46 pages featuring 73 photographs that, according to Geise, highlight "many points of interest that are located along the Elk Scenic Drive."
As part of the long-term East Branch Dam Safety Initiative project, lake personnel continue to work closely with staff from the Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in overseeing the construction of a new cutoff wall inside the dam.
The $280 million project is in response to a safety issue related to potential internal erosion discovered in 2008, similar to a seepage issue encountered in 1957 which required the lowering of the lake for repairs. The multifaceted project has a completion date of 2017.
HARRISBURG â€“ Sylvester Kronenwetter of St. Marys was the lone Elk County resident selected for an elk license in Friday morningâ€™s drawing held at the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) headquarters in Harrisburg and broadcast live on the PGCâ€™s website. Kronenwetterâ€™s name was drawn for the 41st of 46 cow elk licenses awarded for this yearâ€™s hunt, which is scheduled to take place from Nov. 5-10 with an extended elk hunting period outside the elk management area for those with unfilled elk licenses from Nov. 12-17.