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February 6th, 2015
The ninth ward voting site in St. Marys has a new home at the Sacred Heart Parish Center along Center Street for the May primary election.
The change comes after complaints were received about various issues reported by voters at the City Hall site including a lack of adequate parking, privacy concerns and handicap accessibility.
Elk County Commissioners Dan Freeburg and Jan Kemmer along with Elk County Elections Director Kim Frey met with Fr. Eric Vogt, pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, on Wednesday to tour the site and ensure it meets all of the polling site requirements.
RIDGWAY â€“ A conversation with 25-year-old Eric Haberberger leads one to believe heâ€™s just like any other young adult.
The young man from St. Marys is looking forward to warmer weather, and with it the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates, his two favorite baseball teams, hitting the diamond.
But with freezing temperatures dominant this time of year, Eric is inside the friendly confines of the Ridgway YMCA working up a sweatâ€¦ in a wheelchair.
Veronica Conrad and her daughter, Heather, have been long time volunteers at the Elk County Humane Society and together they recently established an endowed fund at the Elk County Community Foundation.
The Animal Emergency Care Fund was established to provide shelter animals with life threatening medical care for years to come.
HUSTON TWP. â€“ A 33-year-old St. Marys man died Thursday afternoon after the car he was driving collided with a school bus with 12 preschool children onboard.
Jason Allen Trask was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday afternoon by the Clearfield County coroner's office, according to a public information release report filed by the DuBois-based state police.
RIDGWAY â€“ Dayon McCracken was sentenced to six to 12 years of incarceration in the State Diagnostic and Classification Center in Pittsburgh after being found guilty of one felony and four misdemeanors stemming from an April 27, 2014 kidnapping incident.
Longtime St. Marys resident Joan Damerst recently published "Mrs. Agnes and the Mystery at Penrose Place," the second book in a series about the life of a newly widowed and retired woman who is learning to cope with her new circumstances.
"In this book this feisty widow woman takes on a new challenge while learning to trust in her Lord to solve some unsolvable situations," Damerst described.
KERSEY â€“ In a 2-1 vote the Fox Township Supervisors approved a new purchasing policy which now entails a form be submitted for approval by two supervisors prior to township personnel making purchases over $100.
Supervisor Randy Gradizzi opposed the motion, stating "I think it's going to slow things down and make things more complicated."
The policy states purchase requisitions should be submitted five days prior to any event or deposit due, however there are provisions included for emergency purchases.
KERSEY â€“Â Contaminated water issues which plagued Fox Township in November appear to be under control for the time being.
Rob Singer, Toby Water Treatment Plant system operator, said there are no problems at this time.
According to Singer, they must circulate the water once a week to keep chlorine residuals up.
"All of that seems to be working pretty well for the past month now," Singer said.
The Fox Township Supervisors will meet with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. in Knox.
Rides 4 Vets, a local volunteer based organization, aims to help area veterans make it to medical appointments by providing transportation services.
The organization has provided services for six years after starting in 2008; they began transporting veterans in 2009.
Throughout those six years, Rides 4 Vets has provided over 1,000 rides for veterans, according to secretary, office manager and and driver Jake Himes.
He added the organization has been offering about 20 rides per month over the past few months.
The planning for the fifth annual housing expo continues as Local Housing Options Team (LHOT) workers are working to add more vendors to the event, which is set to take place March 12 from 1-6 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church parish center in St. Marys.
The expo is set up to allow local vendors to showcase their particular crafts in an attempt to help renters, buyers, landlords and current homeowners learn about housing topics such as building, renovating and maintaining their homes.