April 17th, 2014
The site of the 2014 St. Marys Independence Day Celebration is in the hands of local residents.
As part of a new initiative votes are being tallied online and through donations at various businesses to determine the location of the event at either the St. Marys Municipal Airport or The Highlands, formerly the St. Marys Country Club.
"We don't feel it's a decision the Chamber should make because the fireworks belong to the people. They are funded by the people and area businesses therefore they are the ones who should decide," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
FOX TWP. â€“ Recently the Fox Township Supervisors approved employee work hours and changes to the overtime policy as a cost-saving measure for the township.
The policy, which was introduced by Supervisor Dave Mattiuz at the board's March meeting, was approved in a 2-1 vote with Randy Gradizzi casting an opposing vote while Mike Keller and Mattiuz voted for the new policy.
JAY TWP. â€“ The Jay Township Board of Supervisors approved sending a letter of support to Highland Twp. supporting Highland's decision to ban injection wells within their municipality.
The letter, which was provided by Elk County C.A.R.E.S. (Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship) reads:
When the game between the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen and Bradford Owls was postponed on Wednesday afternoon, the Elk County Catholic Crusaders and Kane Wolves took advantage of the open field at Berwind Park and moved their matchup there due to reportedly poor field conditions in Kane. The Wolves remained the home team in the contest, but that did not matter to the Crusaders, who scored in every inning but the fifth to claim a 10-0 shutout in six innings.
Abbey Bauer threw a no-hitter and the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders put together 15 runs to defeat the Kane Lady Wolves 15-0 in a three inning contest on Wednesday afternoon at Benzinger Park.
JONES TWP. â€“ The completion date to the extensive East Branch Dam repair project has been pushed back to 2019, two years later than originally anticipated. The $280 million project entails constructing a full-length, full-depth concrete cutoff wall through the dam to reduce risk and restore the dam to normal operation.
On Wednesday morning representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District reported the delay during an East Branch Dam Safety Project Stakeholders meeting.
The St. Marys Area Ambulance Service is currently holding their annual subscription campaign, which takes place every April, and funds generated by the event are used to provide upfront operating capital for the purchase of vehicles and equipment as well as to fund training for staff members.
The minimum bid price for the Ridgway Armory has been reduced by 20 percent after the state Department of General Services posted the site in September 2013.
The minimum bid is now $88,000; it was previously $110,000.
The property was first put up for bid with a historical covenant requiring the preservation of the building's exterior; this requirement has since been wiped out.
RIDGWAY â€“Â The Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday reviewed their new policies regarding the sale of properties from the repository.
With recent personnel changes in the St. Marys Area School District, some school board members have voiced their opposition despite the approval of the items.
On Monday the board approved the transfer of Christine Kuhar, current principal at Bennetts Valley and Fox Township elementary schools, as the principal of South St. Marys Street Elementary which is being vacated by Robert Grumley who is set to retire at the end of the 2014 school year.