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February 17th, 2015

Ranking shows St. Marys to be small business friendly

February 17, 2015

In a recent ranking of the best places for small business in the northeast, St. Marys was listed as fourth citing the city's array of businesses from breweries and restaurants to tech companies and a theatre.
The ranking was recently published online by Talent Tribune, a data-driven HR blog.
It was noted that St. Marys experienced a 3 percent net small business growth with 68 percent of city businesses employing 20 people or fewer.

County supportive of possible regional railroad effort

February 17, 2015

RIDGWAY – North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission officials in early November 2014 were approached regarding the possibility of revitalizing nearly 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.
The project would connect RJ Corman's railroads to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh railroad and has been lauded as significant economic development that could open up the region to additional markets.
Elk County commissioners are onboard with the project, authorizing the exploration of organizing a regional rail authority.

St. Marys Area United Way reaches 90 percent of its goal

February 17, 2015

The St. Marys Area United Way has officially closed their 2014-2015 campaign and to date has reached approximately 90 percent of their goal. The United Way agencies touch lives every day from children to seniors and since 1925 the United Way has supported multiple local organizations. This year’s goal is within reach with approximately $18,000 still being needed to be raised to reach the $180,000 goal.

February 16th

Negative comments addressed by councilman

February 16, 2015

During Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting Councilman Lou Radkowski briefly addressed comments made against St. Marys by a neighboring township's officials.
"I find those kind of comments to be unproductive," Radkowski said. "The fact that somebody may have some feelings of envy with one municipality or another, I think there is no place for them right now in today's world."
While he did not specifically identify the origins of the comments, Radkowski was likely referring to comments made during a Thursday, Feb. 5 Ridgway Borough Council meeting.

West Creek Road farmhouse damaged in fire Monday

February 16, 2015

A fire broke out early Monday morning in sub-zero temperatures at a West Creek Road farmhouse, leaving two elderly St. Marys brothers homeless.
Crystal Fire Department Chief Bill Kraus said there are no suspicious circumstances regarding the fire's origins at 361 West Creek Road as three fire departments responded to the blaze with a fourth on standby in St. Marys.

Council mulls sale of airport property

February 16, 2015

St. Marys City Council unanimously voted to table discussion about the sale of St. Marys Airport Industrial Park property until their March workshop.
GM Equipment submitted an offer to purchase a 36.6 acre parcel for $160,000 which the city had appraised at $162,000 by Anderson and Kime Appraisal Services.
Council must decide whether to negotiate the price or to accept or reject the offer on the property.
The land in question is designated as open space and was not originally part of the airport industrial park property.

Keuchels remain a popular St. Marys tradition for Shrove Tuesday

February 16, 2015

With the Lenten season about to begin, one old-time St. Marys tradition remains alive and well–and as tasty as ever.
Keuchels have been a Shrove Tuesday treat in St. Marys dating back to the late 1800s, and for at least the past two decades Sacred Heart parish has continued to sell the doughnut-like treats at the beginning of the week leading up to Ash Wednesday.

Wayne Squires to take seat on Port Commission

February 16, 2015

St. Marys native Wayne Squires was recently appointed to the Port Commission in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Squires, a founding member and CEO of Orion Drilling, LLC, was appointed last Tuesday in a 5-4 vote by Corpus Christi City Council.
"We're the fifth largest port in the United States right now," Squires said. "There are seven commissioners. Three are appointed by the city and the other four by the surrounding counties."
Port commissioners serve staggered three-year terms, and they are unpaid positions. The commission advises port staff and approves contracts and the port budget.

February 15th

Servicemen's Detail honors distinguished service

February 15, 2015

Snowy roads and icy blasts of wind didn't deter a full house at the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail annual banquet Saturday night at the Bavarian Hills Golf Club.
Following an invocation by Pastor Tim Hoover of the St. Marys First United Methodist Church, guests enjoyed stuffed chicken breasts and stuffed pork chop dinners prepared by the Bavarian Hills staff.

Red Thumb Reminder supporting fight against texting and driving

February 15, 2015

Imagine attempting to keep a vehicle safely on the road while driving blindfolded for five seconds at 55 miles per hour. In addition, by this time a driver has covered an area slightly longer than a football field.What may sound like a challenge to some is a risk drivers take everyday when reading or sending a text message.
One local business owner is hoping to raise awareness to the dangers of texting and driving through participation in the Red Thumb Reminder project, encouraging drivers to paint their thumb nail red or wear a red band or string around their finger.

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