November 24th, 2014
A cut in city insurance rates helped lower the expenditures in the 2015 City of St. Marys preliminary budget of $7,524,053 which was unanimously adopted with no tax increase Monday evening by City Council.
Council's fourth and final budget meeting was brief as Carol Muhitch, city finance director, briefly explained a change in the budget.
According to Muhitch, late Friday she received a quote for insurances covering auto, liability, property and workers' compensation, and there was a "substantial savings."
During the second stop of the tour of St. Joseph Monastery, which was hosted by local historian Ray Beimel over the weekend, attendees had a chance to see the community room, which had been a gathering place for all of the Sisters.
"There used to be tables, sofas, chairs, and in later days a widescreen TV," Beimel said.
RIDGWAY â€“ William J. Gnan was sentenced Monday to 18-60 months of incarceration in a state correctional facility for multiple felony charges.
Gnan had four separate cases consolidated for sentencing purposes, including a June 29 burglary in which he stole a tin of cookies from St. Leo Church after entering through a basement window.
RIDGWAY â€“ Ron McMinn, a director on the Elk County Conservation District's board of directors for 44 years, has decided to retire, making Monday's board meeting the last that he will serve as an active director.
McMinn, who started his work with the conservation district in 1970, said that it was time to step down so that some younger people could come onto the board.
"I felt it's time for younger blood to come, and I'm a firm believer of that," he said.
RIDGWAY â€“ Richard Alan Poage of Ridgway appeared in Elk County Court Monday for sentencing in four cases.
Poage entered a plea of "nolo contendere" or no contest for a felony charge of receiving stolen property. With the entry of a no contest plea, the defendant neither admits guilt nor disputes the evidence.
It is alleged that Poage came to be in possession of an ATV belonging to Scott Lowe. He was sentenced to 15-48 months of incarceration in a state correctional facility with credit for time served of 143 days.
Orville Kenneth Meeks, 75, of 85 Paddocks Dr., Ridgway, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 12, 1939 in Marlinton, W. Va., son of the late Calvin and Mary (Delhunty) Meeks.
He married Marvina Ann Waugh on Oct. 15, 1960.
He had resided in Ridgway for the last 40 years, and he a was a former Marlinton, W.Va. resident.
He was a graduate of the Greenbank High School in Greenbank, W.Va.
Orville was Methodist by faith, and he had been employed by Elcam, Inc. as a machinist for 12 years.
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved awarding a bid in the amount of $31,564 for analytical services at the wastewater treatment.
Lad Kornacki, wastewater treatment plant chief operator, said the services are for tests and parameters they do not run in-house.
Bid proposals were sent out Sept. 24. Four out of six labs submitted bids for the project.
The bid was awarded to Analytical Services of Brockway who was the lowest bidder.
MT. JEWETT â€“Â Len Groshek, Land Management Group Supervisor and Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, described the harvest on the first day of bear season as being "average," with 66 animals having been processed at the bear check station located at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall as of 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
A total of just over 600 people attended one of the three tours of St. Joseph Monastery hosted by local historian Ray Beimel this past weekend, and the tours gave community members of all ages the opportunity to get a firsthand look at many of the places that made up the daily lives of the Benedictine Sisters who lived at the facility.
The first stop on the tour was the convent chapel, which is located in the newest building in the complex, having been constructed in 1934. The current chapel, Beimel noted, is actually the second chapel to be built at the convent.
Theresa McFall, 49, of 759 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 12, 1965, a daughter of the late James Dornish and Helen Samick Dornish Beck Fredrickson, who survives, of St. Marys.
Theresa was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the Elk Baptist Church. She had worked as a care nurse for many years and also had her own cleaning business. She was a fun loving person who enjoyed being with her family and friends, and who lived life to the fullest.