April 12th, 2015
The earliest makings of what is now state Route 120 (SR 120) was a trail used by North American Indians to cross the continental divide between the Susquehanna and Allegheny rivers, according to the Elk County Historical Society.
The western Pennsylvania section of the trail would have been established by the Erie tribe, a sub tribe of Indians who spoke the Iroquoian language but were destroyed and dispersed by the northern Iroquois for helping refugees from the enemy of the Iroquois, the Huron Indians, during the Beaver Wars, a battle over hunting grounds for the fur trade.
A packed audience was in attendance Friday evening in the Ridgway Area High School auditorium for the "Elk County Performs for Chloe" benefit performance.
Currently, 123,000 men, women and children are on the waiting list to receive a life-saving organ transplant with a new name added to that list every 10 minutes. Each day at least 18 people will die without receiving an organ.
These surprising statistics and the topic of organ donation may not often be discussed among families, however, it is the goal of organizations like the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) to raise awareness of the issue.
The St. Marys Public Library will be holding its annual Food for Fines program next week, April 13-18, as part of National Library Week. The popular program has been held for a number of years.
Through Food for Fines, library patrons who owe fines because of overdue items can bring in nonperishable food items to have those fines reduced or eliminated entirely.
"If people have any current fines, for every canned food item they bring in we'll take $1 worth of fines off of their account," said Leslie Swope, director of the St. Marys Public Library.
The Elk County Women's Social Spring Bash presented by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is set for Wednesday, April 22 in the wine cellar of Gunner's in downtown St. Marys.
"It's a great girls' night out. It's an excuse to get out and do something fun," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
This year the Winery at Wilcox is offering wine samplings. In addition each attendee will receive a small gift with an Earth Day theme as well as chances to win assorted door prizes.
On Thursday evening, 150 students from 12 schools throughout the region performed at St. Marys Area High School as part of the Elementary IU9 Chorus Fest.
The chorus included fifth and sixth grade students from throughout Intermediate Unit 9 (IU9).
Christopher Gankosky, SMAHS band director, acted as the guest conductor for the event. He was joined by Johnsonburg Elementary School music teacher Laura Kleppinger as the guest accompanist on piano.
JAY TWP. â€“ Several Jay Township residents expressed contention with nonprofits being exempt from the Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU) charge for sewage.
"No one should be exempt, because that cost gets passed to the rest of us," Christine Gavazzi said at Thursday night's sewer authority meeting.
A Jay Township ordinance defines an EDU as "the average amount of wastewater generated in a normal calendar day by a single family dwelling as from time to time determined by the Commonwealth." The current rate for a single EDU is $48.50 and is billed as a standard charge before consumption.
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Jack Nicklaus Sinks Hole-In-One In Par-3 Contest
The Masters Par 3 Contest was a success, entertaining crowds with cute kid caddies, numerous holes in one and more than a few big-name stars -- some who weren't even golfers.
St. Marys City Council has approved a bid for a reconstruction project at Memorial Park as well as a request for free parking from the American Red Cross.
The project includes work on the park's basketball courts.
The lowest bid received was awarded to St. Marys Paving for $126,838. This includes the base bid for the courts at $119,544 plus additional paving at a cost of $7,294.
Also submitting a bid was Dave Roman Excavating of Reynoldsville for $154,661.
Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Tim Pearson said he hopes renovations to the basement of City Hall are completed in May.
The renovations would allow the area to be used as an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in case of any major incidents that occur in St. Marys such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, biological incidents or large scale events.