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August 22nd, 2014

Council ponders new budget item for city's anniversary

August 22, 2014

During a recent City Council work session, a proposal was introduced to create a budget line item for the next three years to set aside a small amount of funds to prepare for St. Marys 175th anniversary in 2017.
According to Councilmen Ned Jacob, who suggested the idea, the funds would be utilized to help with any parade, carnival or festival which may take place.
Councilwoman Sally Geyer voiced her complete opposition to the idea.
"That should be up to the committee that is going to do that not up to council in 2014," Geyer said.

Local fallen hero remembered

August 22, 2014

Mary Parziale Bentz, of Washington, D.C. and formerly of Brockway, recently released a book with her husband Richard entitled "We Remember Them: A Biographical Supplement for Fatal Dive."
"We Remember Them" contains biographies of the crew of the World War II submarine the USS Grunion, which sunk near the Japanese-occupied Aleutian Island of Kiska on July 30, 1942.
Though the exact cause of the Grunion's demise remains unknown, it is believed that a confrontation occurred between the Grunion and a Japanese ship.

August 21st

Officials react to Sheriff's dept. remarks

August 21, 2014

The Elk County Commissioners released a statement late Thursday morning in response to reports concerning an investigation into the county's Sheriff's department. The statement was signed by commissioners Jan Kemmer, June Sorg, and Dan Freeburg. It reads:
The Board of County Commissioners of Elk County offers the following responses to quotations appearing in the local newspaper accounts of a pending investigation of the Elk County Sheriff's Department:

Elk County Farm Bureau addresses pension reform

August 21, 2014

As part of its annual legislative tour, Elk County Farm Bureau members discussed several issues of importance impacting the agricultural industry currently being debated by state legislators.
Among the Farm Bureau's top concerns are pension reform, accountability of gas well operators and surface landowners and exemption from state sales tax for timbering operations.
"We work on legislation vital to agriculture, but also to all walks of life in Pa.," said Elk County Farm Bureau Governmental Relations Director Ernie Mattiuz.

KanJam tournament sees good turnout

August 21, 2014

As often seems to happen with events held at Memorial Park, the forecast called for rain on Wednesday evening but instead the weather ended up being perfect for the park staff's KanJam for Cancer tournament. Fifteen two-person teams competed in the double-elimination tournament, and a number of other spectators showed up to watch the action.

Concerns over EQT well at Byrnes Run

August 21, 2014

JAY TWP. – Several Jay Township residents aired concerns over the EQT gas well to be installed near Byrnes Run at Thursday night's regular meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors.
Residents are concerned that EQT, which was granted a permit to drill by DEP, will be drilling too close to the watershed.

Ground is broken for center at Kinzua Bridge State Park

August 21, 2014

MT. JEWETT – "It's a red-letter day in McKean County."
This is the message from Linda Devlin, who joined with state dignitaries Thursday in the ground-breaking ceremony for the long-awaited Visitors Center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett.
Devlin, executive director of the Bradford-based Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau, has played a major role in building state and local support for the project.

Park, pool staffs wrap up summer with Pirate Night

August 21, 2014

Watching baseball, spending time with friends, and sitting around a campfire are all things commonly associated with summertime in Elk County, and the staffs at Memorial Park and the St. Marys Community Pool joined together to host an event featuring all three on Wednesday evening as they wrapped up another successful summer season.

VIDEO:Steelers Facing Charges for Marijuana Possession

August 21, 2014

Pittsburgh's Action News 4's Amber Nicotra has the latest on the charges expected to file possession of marijuana charges against Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. Bell will also be charged with driving under the influence by Ross Police.

August 20th

New Civil Air Patrol squadron based in Elk County

August 20, 2014

Elk County recently became home to a new Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron with a focus on aerospace education, emergency services and cadet programs.
The Elk County Composite Squadron 507 is under the direction of
Squadron Commander Alan McPherson and 2nd Lieutenants Bill Laird and Faisal El-Awar, all of whom are pilots. Senior member Jim Weichman acts as the group's historian and financial advisor.
"We want to provide this service to the county," McPherson said.

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