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St. Marys man sentenced in child pornography case

July 28, 2014

RIDGWAY – A St. Marys man was sentenced Monday for charges involving over 311 images of child pornography found on his computer.
Donald Henry Blessel, 36, was sentenced to nine to 24 months, less one day, of incarceration in Elk County Prison and three years of probation for the felony offenses of sexual abuse of children and possession of child pornography, both to which he pleaded guilty on March 14. He maintains the possibility of work release as the sexual offender assessment determined that he isn't a sexually violent predator and there was no identifiable victim in this case.

Conservation District discusses new and old projects

July 28, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Elk County Conservation District held its regular monthly meeting on Monday to discuss the creation and continuation of several projects, a search for a new employee and the new state budget. Among the projects that were discussed at the meeting were continuing assistance in flood cleanup, a West Creek Wetland project and a dirt and gravel road program. The West Creek Wetland project is currently waiting on a reconstruction estimate that should be received by this Wednesday at the latest, while both of the other projects have been underway and will continue.

Library program promotes early reading

July 28, 2014

Reading 1,000 books may sound like a daunting task, especially when those books are being read to youngsters with short attention spans. However, the St. Marys Public Library is encouraging parents to do just that through their new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which is being implemented this fall.

TRENDING VIDEO: Dog passes out from excitement to see owner

July 28, 2014

Dog passes out from excitement to see owner

New committee focused on emergency management

July 27, 2014

The recently formed St. Marys Emergency Management Committee is looking to work closely with the city and local emergency services in becoming more prepared to aid residents in times of emergencies and natural disasters.
"We want to get St. Marys to the point where we're self-sufficient. Where we can handle most incidents that occur within the city," said Councilman Greg Gebauer.
According to Gebauer, the formation of the committee was prompted by the May flooding disaster and having to work with various emergency services within the community.

Color for a Cause 5K a success

July 27, 2014

Memorial Park staff held their first annual Color for a Cause 5K run/walk to raise money for the HPS Network on Saturday morning, and the event exceeded expectations in terms of attendance and money raised.
According to Memorial Park staff member Laura Buchheit, who coordinated the event, nearly 250 people preregistered for the race and roughly another 50 showed up to register the morning of the event.
"I thought we would have way less people, but it made it more fun that we had more people," Buchheit said.

Explosive materials prompts brief evacuation

July 25, 2014

On Friday a St. Marys man got a little more than he bargained for while treasure hunting and accidentally stumbled upon undetonated explosives.
Tom Morelli of St. Marys purchased a box of items in Emporium while pursuing his hobby of 'picking' for unique pieces. He obtained the box as he was interested in its contents of old Pennsylvania Game News magazines, however upon later inspecting it Morelli came across a smaller box buried inside containing blasting caps and a detonation cord, which Morellli estimated were from the 1930s.

Precision Compacted Components expanding

July 25, 2014

WILCOX – Precision Compacted Components, Inc. is adding a 26,700 square foot addition to their facilities in Wilcox, according to the company's Facilities and Maintenance Manager, Cole Wiesner.
At these facilities, PCC produces sintered metal products, including a variety of parts ranging from general industry parts to automotive parts.
The new additions include a 24,000 square foot addition to existing production facilities, and a 2,700 square foot addition for a maintenance department to support the increased size of the production facilities, Wiesner said.

Car sheers off utility pole in crash

July 25, 2014

A one-vehicle rollover crash closed down a portion of Brusselles Street in St. Marys on Friday evening at approximately 9:50 p.m. The crash occurred in the vicinity of 1250 Brusselles St. During the crash the vehicle struck a utility pole, sheering off part of it and knocking down several power lines. A female was pulled from the vehicle with her condition unknown at press time.

Program prepares kindergarteners for school

July 24, 2014

In a few weeks students will be starting back to school including the area's newest kindergarteners. In order to prepare them for elementary school Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) conducted a Kindergarten Readiness Program.
The three-week program was open to all incoming kindergarten students enrolled at South St. Marys Street, Fox Township, and Bennetts Valley elementary schools.
South St. Marys Street Elementary School hosted all four different sessions, each being held two days a week for two-and-a-half hours. Students could choose to participate in a morning or afternoon session.

LIFT expo provides wealth of information

July 24, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Life and Independence for Today organization hosted its Disability and Aging Expo, which featured 47 local and regional vendors, Thursday at the fire hall in Johnsonburg.
LIFT is a non-profit organization that aims to provide free information and services to people with disabilities, regardless of their age or disability, according to Hope Weichman, LIFT's deputy director.

Weight restrictions placed on Weedville bridge

July 24, 2014

WEEDVILLE – Earlier this week PennDOT officials posted new weight restrictions on a state Route 555 bridge in Elk County.
The bridge, which now carries a 10-ton weight limit, spans Kersey Run in the village of Weedville. The bridge also now has a one-lane traffic pattern which will be enforced by a self-regulating stop sign.

Saint Boniface carving adorns church

July 24, 2014

KERSEY – A new addition to Saint Boniface Parish is a wooden carving of the saint himself, created by Rick Boni, co-founder of Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous.
The masterpiece, carved from bass wood, a favorite of the hand carvers, stands to the left of the altar in the church in Kersey.
"Father Jim Faluszczak gave me some key points that he wanted to see in the piece," Boni said, explaining the initial project took at least seven weeks to complete. "It's such a long time to focus on one piece and that really takes a lot of discipline."

Outcry continues over SR 255 tree removal

July 23, 2014

The outcry over the removal of trees along SR 255 continues as St. Marys resident Monica Radkowski voiced her dismay during a recent city council meeting.
"South St. Marys Street is what it is now. We lost the trees, we're getting these infiltration basins. PennDOT can paint the picture with whatever brush they want to paint it with, but it's downright ugly," Radkowski said.

North Central in decent position with state budget

July 23, 2014

RIDGWAY – The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held its monthly executive board meeting in Ridgway on Wednesday morning to discuss current projects and initiatives, as well as future and past budgeting issues.

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