March 27th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ House Bill 1701 may be the answer to a lot of problems throughout the area.
The legislation aims to create a rural community college pilot program serving an 11-county region of northwest and north central Pennsylvania.
Its sister legislation, Senate Bill 1000, passed with flying colors, 42-4.
"We're not going to go out and build a lot of infrastructure, it's not about bricks and mortar," said Bob Esch, a McKean County industry representative for the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board of directors.
Students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School let their imaginations run wild as they recently created various stop motion animation videos as part of a four-week artist in residency program.
Visiting artist Annie Schmitt of Box of Light Studios in Erie worked primarily with fifth-graders during their science, art and periodic reading classes as they incorporated their knowledge of the solar system into short videos.
Online classes are currently being offered to all Pennsylvania residents through the Online Broadband and Technology Training [OBTT] program, sponsored through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development [DCED].
Enrollment in courses opened up in February of this year and all courses will tentatively be available until the end of 2014.
James A. Keneske, 89, of Long Level Road, Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys after a short illness.
He was born Aug. 6, 1924 in Johnsonburg, son of the late James G. and Bernice M. King Keneske.
On July 18, 1953, he married Ellen R. Stubber who preceded him in death on June 2, 2002.
A documentary, "Lessons of Sister Victoria: Glimpses of life in the 50s" in St. Marys is being shown on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Elk County Catholic High School auditorium. The event is open to the public with free admission. Any donations are being donated to the Elk County Benedictine Sisters.
The nearly two-hour documentary was produced by Gale Largey, a former St. Marys resident and 1962 graduate of Central High School who now resides in Wellsboro with his family. It explores the influence of a convent of Benedictine Sisters on life in the community of St. Marys.
RIDGWAY TWP. â€“Â A large brush fire reportedly broke out Wednesday shortly after 4 p.m.
Initial reports indicated there were three separate fires affecting four to five acres near 2071 Bendigo Road in Ridgway Township.
A new federal report claims Pennsylvania lost nearly 4,000 farms over a five-year period along with a 100,000 total farm acreage decline.
The initial figures in the Census of Agriculture released in late February show just over 59,000 farms in 2012, land that comprised 7.7 million acres.
The total annual market value of the state's agriculture products totaled roughly $7.4 billion with the average farm producing nearly $124,000 in products every year.
While most Pennsylvania farms range between 10 and 500 acres in size, approximately 650 are at least 1,000 acres.
Andrew Joseph Smith, 35, of 131 Comet Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 18, 1978 in Buffalo, N.Y., son of Daniel A. and Patricia J. "Pat" Linehan Smith.
He resided in St. Marys since 1984 and was a 1996 graduate of St. Marys Area High School. He attended Slippery Rock University for two years.
He was a member of Queen of the World Church in St. Marys and worked at St. Marys Equipment for three years.
The City of St. Marys website has underwent a recent transformation. It may be viewed at www.cityofstmaryspa.gov and now includes a newer, cleaner design with updated information on city departments and much more.
City Manager Dave Greene, along with Lorrie Levenduski, secretary to the manager and additional staff underwent training and have been working diligently on revamping the website. Greene added it is still a work in progress with additional information and photos being continuously added.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is currently preparing for spring cleanup days in Elk County, where they will be assisting in the collection of electronics as well as used tires for municipalities throughout the county.
The authority, in conjunction with eLoop, will be hosting an electronics collection at the former municipal building located along Ridgway Drive in Ridgway Township. On Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., used electronics will be transported directly from the site by eLoop, who regularly collect electronics from the community recycling center in St. Marys.