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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."

Sewer system smoke testing starting today

July 20, 2014

For the next seven weeks the City of St. Marys will be conducting smoke testing to identify locations as the source of storm water infiltration problems where there are defects or improper connection into the sanitary sewer system.
Testing starts today in the northern end of the city. It will be performed on all residential structures connected to the city's sewer system.
As part of the testing, crews will blow smoke through sanitary sewers to locate deficiencies. Residents may see smoke coming from vent stacks on buildings or holes in the ground.

Corbett touts accomplishments during visit

July 20, 2014

RIDGWAY – Governor Tom Corbett toured the region Saturday before arriving in Ridgway for several speaking engagements.
After visiting the Jefferson County Fair in the afternoon, Corbett arrived at The Hound radio station in Ridgway at roughly 4:45 p.m. to meet with local philanthropist Denny Heindl for an interview for "Talk of the Town" which aired Sunday at noon.
Corbett, with a State Police escort, arrived at the station in a black Chevrolet Suburban. There he met briefly with Elk County Republican Chairperson Grace Jesberger before entering the station building with Heindl.

St. Marys Giant Eagle closing its doors

July 18, 2014

ST. MARYS – The Giant Eagle store located along South St. Marys Street will be closing its doors for good on Aug. 23 of this year.
The store celebrated its grand opening in 2010 and the close will affect 59 employees who could be considered for open positions at other store locations.

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