November 23rd, 2014
Joseph Bleggi, 76, of Grapevine, Texas, formerly of Weedville, had returned to the valley last week, his home place, to attend the funeral of his nephew, when he died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in Penfield.
He was born May 24, 1938 in Weedville, son of the late Albino and Gisella â€śHazelâ€ť (Michelini) Bleggi. He first married Judy (Carpin) Bleggi who preceded him in death in 1988. He later married Linn (Wilson) Bleggi who survives and lives in Texas.
A Living Nativity drew visitors throughout Friday evening as part of St. Marys' annual Light Up Night celebration.
The Shiloh Presbyterian Church hosted its first ever Living Nativity, complete with children and adult characters as well as a camel, llama, donkey and sheep.
Parish members have been working about one and a half months on the project.
Although this is a new venture for the church, Shiloh Pastor Rev. Scott Wiest Sr., said they are considering the possibility of expanding it in the future.
EMPORIUM â€“ Working in an industry surrounded by a negative stigma, Seneca Resources faces many questions about the impacts that its work has on the environment and community that surround its drilling sites.
On a recent rig tour, Seneca Resources representatives answered a few common concerns about the gas drilling industry, specifically the company that owns a majority of the mineral rights in Elk County, Seneca Resources, while explaining what Seneca does to recycle goods and reduce the impact of its drilling sites.
The first of three planned tours at St. Joseph Monastery was held on Friday evening, and the turnout by members of the community was overwhelming.Â
It was anticipated that maybe a few dozen people would show up. Instead, around 250 were estimated to have attended.
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RIDGWAY â€“ Following an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the Elk County Sheriffâ€™s Office regarding the work schedules and overcompensation of deputy sheriffs, the findings of the investigation recommended that a criminal prosecution was not warranted; consequently, a criminal prosecution of any member of the Elk County Sheriffâ€™s Office shall not occur.
In a close 4-3 vote St. Marys City Council approved an updated city employee handbook. Accumulated sick time was the main disagreement for those opposed to the new handbook.
The handbook was in need of revisions as it last underwent an overhaul in 2001. It is now complete and meets all federal and state guidelines and rules and regulations, according to City Manager Dave Greene.
Council members Sally Geyer, Ned Jacob, Bob Mohr and Mayor Bob Howard voted to approve the handbook, while Gary Anderson, Greg Gebauer and Lou Radkowski cast opposing votes.
With repairs upcoming for the East Branch Dam, Layne Christensen Construction, the company contracted to complete the repairs, visited Ridgway Thursday afternoon to begin networking with local businesses that will have an impact on the dam project.
On Aug. 26, Layne was awarded the contract for the East Branch Dam repairs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a total value of just over $132.5 million.
Plans are once again underway for the Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Symphonic Band's annual Christmas concert. This year's theme is 'Christmas celebration,' and the concert will be held in the St. Marys Area High School auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.
Suitable for all ages, the concert is expected to last between 60 to 90 minutes, according to Anne Herzing, event coordinator.
"Our whole purpose is that years ago when my dad (Sinibaldi) was the band director, he used to have a Christmas concert every year," Herzing said.
Santa Claus is coming to townâ€¦ on Friday evening as part of the the city's annual Light Up Night celebration organized by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.
The holiday season will kick off with Santa's Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. in downtown St. Marys.
Youngsters can stop in to visit Santa at First Commonwealth Bank along East Mill Street starting at 7 p.m. While waiting in line visitors can keep warm with hot cocoa and cookies, compliments of the Lions Club of St. Marys. Hayrides are also being offered in conjunction with Santa's visit to the bank.