November 20th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ Following an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the Elk County Sheriffâ€™s Office regarding the work schedules and overcompensation of deputy sheriffs, the findings of the investigation recommended that a criminal prosecution was not warranted; consequently, a criminal prosecution of any member of the Elk County Sheriffâ€™s Office shall not occur.
In a close 4-3 vote St. Marys City Council approved an updated city employee handbook. Accumulated sick time was the main disagreement for those opposed to the new handbook.
The handbook was in need of revisions as it last underwent an overhaul in 2001. It is now complete and meets all federal and state guidelines and rules and regulations, according to City Manager Dave Greene.
Council members Sally Geyer, Ned Jacob, Bob Mohr and Mayor Bob Howard voted to approve the handbook, while Gary Anderson, Greg Gebauer and Lou Radkowski cast opposing votes.
With repairs upcoming for the East Branch Dam, Layne Christensen Construction, the company contracted to complete the repairs, visited Ridgway Thursday afternoon to begin networking with local businesses that will have an impact on the dam project.
On Aug. 26, Layne was awarded the contract for the East Branch Dam repairs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a total value of just over $132.5 million.
Plans are once again underway for the Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Symphonic Band's annual Christmas concert. This year's theme is 'Christmas celebration,' and the concert will be held in the St. Marys Area High School auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.
Suitable for all ages, the concert is expected to last between 60 to 90 minutes, according to Anne Herzing, event coordinator.
"Our whole purpose is that years ago when my dad (Sinibaldi) was the band director, he used to have a Christmas concert every year," Herzing said.
Santa Claus is coming to townâ€¦ on Friday evening as part of the the city's annual Light Up Night celebration organized by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.
The holiday season will kick off with Santa's Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. in downtown St. Marys.
Youngsters can stop in to visit Santa at First Commonwealth Bank along East Mill Street starting at 7 p.m. While waiting in line visitors can keep warm with hot cocoa and cookies, compliments of the Lions Club of St. Marys. Hayrides are also being offered in conjunction with Santa's visit to the bank.
RIDGWAY â€“ The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their monthly meeting Wednesday morning to discuss possible upgrades that could be on the horizon for the region's railroad system.
A few weeks ago, North Central officials were approached about the possible changes by two of the short-line railroad companies in the area, the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad that runs north to south in the area and the R.J. Corman Railroad Company that runs through Clearfield and Clinton Counties.
Local historian Ray Beimel will be leading three tours of St. Joseph Monastery this weekend, with one tour scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and the other two slated for Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. Those interested in attending one of the free tours do not need to sign up ahead of time.
Attendees must simply show up a little in advance of whichever session they choose, and enter through the handicap entrance, which is located around the corner to the right of the Maurus Street entrance.
Dorothy M. "Patty" Kronenwetter, 90, of 463 Maple St., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born May 22, 1924, a daughter of the late Herbert and Anna Kronenwetter Lion.
On July 19, 1950Â in St. Marys, she married Cyril Kronenwetter, who preceded her in death in 1979.
RIDGWAY â€“ While a budget draft has not yet been completed, the Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning confirmed that taxes will not increase for the upcoming year.
Commissioner June Sorg said Tuesday the commissioners asked for little to no increases in projected expenditures from the respective county departments.
A draft of the 2015 budget should be unveiled at the board's next meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2.
With oil and gas fracking in the news daily, over 70 area citizens gathered Tuesday evening for the showing of "Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children's Air and Water," a one-hour long documentary film exploring the firsthand impacts fracking has on communities.