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Spreading Christmas cheer

December 19, 2014

South St. Marys Street Elementary School first grade presented their Christmas play, "Toys! The Night They Came Alive" on Friday afternoon. Inside the packed auditorium were parents, grandparents and other relatives anxious to see their favorite student dancing, acting and singing as elves, toy soldiers, rag dolls, teddy bears, jacks-in-the-box, princess dolls, puppets, monkeys and a clock along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The 25-minute play included upbeat songs as "Glee Under the Tree", "Teddy Bear Tango", "Rag Doll Rock" and "Christmas Dreams" as well as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

Greene presents monthly manager's report

December 19, 2014

St. Marys City Manager Dave Greene recently presented his manager's report including various activities he participated in in late November and throughout December.
Greene met with Jeff Reams from Gannett-Fleming to discuss the proposal the company submitted to study the Elk Creek flooding problem. During the visit they drove around the Stackpole complex and walked the area of Prechtl's property on Brusselles Street where they spotted a few beaver dams which were holding the water back.

Christmas tree tradition continues at visitor center

December 19, 2014

BENEZETTE – The Great Room at the Elk Country Visitor Center is typically filled with interactive displays and mounts of various animals native to the Pennsylvania Wilds. For the last month though, it has also been home to a roughly 13-foot tall tree that was cut down on the center's property.
According to Carla Wehler, operations manager at the visitor center, staff members put up the tree the weekend before Thanksgiving and plan to keep it up until after the New Year, "unless the needles are falling."

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday Cookies

December 19, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday Cookies
’Tis the season for best-in-show desserts, and a batch of homemade cookies is the perfect holiday gift for the friends, neighbors, and schoolteachers in our lives. Sandwich walnut cookies, allergy-friendly molasses cookies, and sparkling vanilla sandwich cookies will do the trick for all your cookie-giving needs.

Council looks to establish goals for 2015

December 18, 2014

Along with a new year comes new resolutions or in St. Marys City Council’s case, new goals. Councilman Lou Radkowski recently proposed establishing a strategic direction for the city for 2015 and beyond which focuses on increasing citizen engagement, community and economic development and improving overall government operations.
A small working committee was created consisting of Radkowski, who will head up the group, along with fellow councilmen Bob Mohr and Gary Anderson. 

Jay Township holds supervisors meeting

December 18, 2014

JAY TWP. – Various items of business were discussed Thursday night at the Jay Township Board of Supervisors monthly meeting.
Josie Schultz, a community advisor with EQT, advised the board that the Byrnes Run well project is on hold and that no permits have been issued by the DEP. She said EQT officials will gladly work with Jay Township's appointed steering committee to develop a contingency plan for the risk of water contamination.
"We always have and will continue to work with you," Schultz said.

Seneca to offer input on drilling ordinance proposal

December 17, 2014

While in the preliminary stages of drafting a zoning ordinance pertaining to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, Seneca Resources Corp. has reached out to St. Marys city officials in offering their recommendations for amendments to the proposed ordinance.
Recently, several members of City Council met with Seneca representatives who said the company plans to submit their recommended amendments to the proposed ordinance.
"I have no idea what we're going to see and we'll react to it when we see it," said Tom Wagner, city solicitor.

Education initiatives ramp up in North Central area

December 17, 2014

RIDGWAY – Education was a major point of discussion during Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the executive board of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.
This month’s education discussion focused around the entrepreneurial programs that are being started within the region’s high schools, as well as the rural college initiative that is being worked on to bring a post-secondary institution into the area.

Dilley waived for court on arson charges

December 17, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Jon Frederick Dilley, 54, of Ridgway, waived his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge George A. "Tony" King Wednesday morning and is scheduled to be arraigned at county court on Jan. 5.
Dilley faces felony charges of arson and risking catastrophe and lesser related offenses stemming from an incident involving a large brush fire on Sept. 21 and the burning of a neighbor's couch.

St. Marys man charged in credit card fraud

December 17, 2014

A St. Marys man faces the felony charge of access device fraud and related offenses for the alleged theft of his mother-in-law's credit card.

3 jailed in storage shed burglaries

December 17, 2014

Three St. Marys residents have been arrested and charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy, burglary and criminal trespass after police found property in a vehicle that was allegedly removed from a storage shed along Bucktail Road.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were on patrol in the area of Sheetz on Sept. 24 when they encountered Tracy Ann Robinson, 32, Lloyd E. Rairdan, 34, and Christopher McMillen, 23, who had an active arrest warrant.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 17, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014
According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.

Big Brothers Big Sisters in dire straits

December 16, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Elk County is currently in dire straits as 19 youngsters are waiting for a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister match.
"If we don't find matches for those kids, that's a big opportunity missed," said Cinde Schuckers, a program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Recruitment definitely is one of our areas for concern and we are always looking for new ways to recruit and the avenues to reach out to."
The county currently has 18 volunteer "Bigs" matched with a "Little," but 19 area youth are still waiting.

Recycling center project moving forward

December 16, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Solid Waste Authority has received county approval for the purchase of land at the corner of Ceramic and Stackpole streets in St. Marys for the building of a new recycling center.
"We're out of room at our current location," said Bekki Titchner, recycling and solid waste coordinator for Elk County. "The building is old and has served its purpose. We couldn't have done this with any other organization because we were able to get the property at a very cheap rental fee.

Suspicious van in Mt. Jewett at bus stop causes concern

December 16, 2014

MT. JEWETT – Taking no chances, the Kane Area School District issued an alert to students and parents Tuesday about a possible child abductor lurking in a "white van" at school bus stops.
Dr. Maryann Anderson, school district superintendent, said the alert was prompted by an alleged incident in the Smethport School District.
A Smethport student from the Mt. Jewett area of Hamlin Township reportedly "ran away" from a "white van" that pulled up to a bus stop Tuesday morning. 

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