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November 19th, 2014
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.
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.
RIDGWAY â€“ Following the May 21 flood that impacted Ridgway, Elk Creek was damaged and the needed repairs for it will come with a cost that could enter into the $1 million range.
Using an agreement that was made during the 1960s, the Ridgway Borough is working together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the flood damage to Elk Creek in Ridgway, according to Kim Zimmerman, the Ridgway Borough manager.
The agreement stated that fixes to Elk Creek for flood damage would be done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but work was not done when the contract was originally signed.
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During Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting, a motion to revisit the topic of offering free holiday parking throughout December failed by a 4-3 vote. However, out of the discussion came an innovative proposal by Councilman Lou Radkowski which could benefit downtown businesses in the long run.
Earlier this month, council approved free parking throughout downtown on Light Up Night on Friday, Nov. 21 from 4-8 p.m., on Black Friday, and on the four holiday weekends on Friday evenings and all day Saturday as well as all through December in the parking garage.
ERIE â€“ Francis Anthony Milliard, 57, formerly of Ridgway, has been sentenced in federal court to 60 months in jail and ordered to forfeit firearms involved in the offenses on his conviction of conspiracy to possess firearms by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced Monday.
According to the Department of Justice, United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Milliard.
Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors are new hires of school drivers, support personnel, awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, a resignation, leaves of absences and transfer of support personnel.
Luke Shofestall was approved as a long-term substitute teacher at SMAHS, effective Nov. 11. He holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Clarion University and is certified in social studies.
The following professional substitute personnel were hired:
St. Marys Area School District administrators will now receive a monthly stipend toward their cellphone bill as approved by the school board of directors.
When questioned if administrators would prefer a district-issued cellphone or receive a stipend for their personal phone for district communication and emergencies, a majority of them chose the stipend which was approved at $50 a month, totaling $600 for the year. The stipend will be paid annually in December.
Administrators will also receive a one-time upgrade stipend of $100.
RIDGWAY â€“ Randy Baloga, a United States Marine Corps veteran (1971-1977) recently added a portion of his 1:6 scale model soldier collection to the display case welcoming residents to the Elk County Courthouse Annex along Center Street in Ridgway.
"I'm a veteran and I've been coming to the Courthouse Annex for several years now," Sergeant Baloga said. "In the past years this display window has been the same and I thought it might be nice to do something different."
The seeds for such a collection were planted 50 years ago as Baloga had quite a few Hasbro toys around 1964.