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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.

Store closing, lights upgrade detailed at council

July 22, 2014

During Monday's St. Marys City Council meeting Mayor Bob Howard confirmed the Aug. 23 closing of Giant Eagle and that a search for a replacement business is underway.
"Filling this void will be a very high priority of the city," Howard stated.
According to Howard, the city had already contacted perspective businesses to move into the location.
The city was made aware of the closing via an e-mail sent to Howard.

Cleaning debris from Elk Creek

July 22, 2014

A contractor is shown recently cleaning out debris clogging the Elk Creek in the area of Fourth Street in downtown St. Marys.

Charles Street project in city's scope

July 21, 2014

Within the next year the city is anticipating to embark on the Charles Street sewer line and road replacement project.
The project entails replacing sewer lines, curbing, sidewalk and resurfacing of the street at an estimated cost of $800,000 - $1 million. It will be a similar scope of work as the recent George Street project which ran from July 2013 until November at a cost of nearly $900,000.

Events remembering Proudfit set for Aug. 3-4

July 21, 2014

The third annual Michael B. Proudfit 5K Walk/Run will be held at Memorial Park on Sunday, Aug. 3, followed by the third annual Mike Proudfit Night at the St. Marys Community Pool the following day.
Proudfit, a former swimming instructor and swim team member at the St. Marys Community Pool, was killed in an automobile accident three years ago. Following his death, the pool staff renamed the race that was previously held in conjunction with Picnic In The Park in his honor.

Bath salts found during traffic stop

July 21, 2014

St. Marys City Police found numerous controlled substances and several items of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on Taft Road on June 24.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police searched the car belonging to Nicole A. Chubbuck, 42, of 182 Sara Rd., and found a small amount of A-PVP (bath salts), five different prescription pills and a glass smoking pipe. Recovered from Chubbuck's purse were a digital scale, hypodermic needles and a plastic bag containing more bath salts.

Corbett responds to widespread drug abuse

July 20, 2014

RIDGWAY – During his weekend visit to Elk County, Governor Tom Corbett discussed the adverse impacts of drug abuse throughout the Commonwealth as well as a poor precedent being set by state leaders in Colorado.
"For the recreational use of marijuana, I'm against it as it's a gateway drug and it's been proven that way," he said. "They're having an increase of driving under the influence of marijuana [in Colorado] and in California I understand that elected officials think it's hurting the workforce."

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