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District reviews 2014, plans for 2015

January 27, 2015

The Elk County Conservation District held its first meeting of 2015 on Monday which included some review of 2014 as well as discussions looking towards the future for the district.
District manager Steve Putt reviewed the yearly program summary for 2014, which was an ongoing tally of all the permit requests that have come through the Elk County Conservation District since 2011.
Putt said the conservation district had seen a significant increase in erosion sediment control plans and general permits throughout the 2014 year.

Two St. Marys men charged in armed robbery

January 27, 2015

Two St. Marys men have been arrested and charged in connection to a home invasion and armed robbery that occurred on Jan. 7 at 119 Sunrise Rd.
Kyle Lee Sarginger, 25, and Spencer Gene Rudolph, 19, both of St. Marys, are facing multiple felony charges related to armed robbery for allegedly going to a home and robbing a woman for prescription pills.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Rudolph kicked in the door and said, "Give me all your drugs and money" and threatened to kill the victim while brandishing a handgun.

Polar Sweet Express to benefit CAPSEA

January 26, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Fire Hall will be hosting the fifth annual Polar Sweet Express fundraiser to benefit CAPSEA, Citizens Against Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Abuse, on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event, which is coined as a "one-stop shopping experience for all your Valentine's Day needs" will feature local vendors that can supply unique gift ideas in time for Valentine's Day, as well as a chocolate-dipping station, beer tasting, wine tastings and several prize giveaways.

Study: Longer work hours can lead to more drinking

January 26, 2015

In a recently published article in British Medical Journal, researchers say there may be a correlation between working long hours and drinking too much alcohol.
The study covered over 400,000 people and found that those who work more than 40 hours a week are more likely to overuse alcohol. The study defined risky amounts of alcohol as more than 14 drinks a week for women and more than 21 drinks a week for men.

Johnsonburg Fire Department responds to gas leak

January 24, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – At 4:46 p.m. Friday, the Johnsonburg Volunteer Fire Department (Elk Company 2) was called for a reported gas leak at 325 High St. in Johnsonburg. After inspecting the home, firefighters left the scene approximately 30 minutes later at around 5:30 p.m. National Fuel was also at the scene.

LIFT technology program a growing success

January 24, 2015

ST. MARYS – In recent months, Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) has installed displays in local libraries for assistive technology for persons with disabilities, a program that LIFT staff are celebrating as a major success.
"I think it's working almost better than we had anticipated," assistive technology coordinator Charlie Williamson said. "We are having more and more people receiving their own assistive technology. I think just in the last month, I've had 12 people who have gone through the entire process and now have technology of their very own."

RASD holds brief budget workshop

January 23, 2015

The Ridgway Area School District school board held a brief budget workshop meeting Thursday to discuss its budget process that officials are beginning to work through for the 2015-2016 school year.
RASD business manager Donna Sidelinger gave a presentation to inform the public about what they can expect from the board during the process that is set to last into June.
Sidelinger said that a preliminary budget presentation is expected to be made in March or April, and a final proposed budget presentation is expected to be made in May.

Big Buck Contest banquet held Thursday

January 23, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – On Thursday evening, the 10th annual Big Buck Contest awards banquet, sponsored by The Daily Press, Ridgway Record and Kane Republican newspapers took place at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall. A crowd of nearly 300 gathered for the event which included the announcement of this year's winners in the adult, youth and mentor divisions along with prizes for the oldest and youngest hunter, smallest buck and random male and female. A special contest tabloid will be published Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Memorial Field concerns addressed by board

January 23, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Memorial Field in Johnsonburg is in need of repairs after it was discovered that the press box is moving away from the stands, and is in danger of ending up in the middle of West Center Street.
"The way it is moving, it is going to end up out in the middle of the road," said Joe Gilmore, JASD maintenance head. "It's already moved I'd say over two inches away from the stands. It's falling towards the road."
Gilmore added it is a safety issue which will need addressed regardless of whether or not the field is utilized.

Sweet 16 for Ridgway Rendezvous

January 22, 2015

The candles are lit for the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to celebrate its sweet 16th birthday.
A small backyard gathering has since evolved into a large community event with roughly 200 carvers attending every year along with thousands of attendees perusing the extraordinary artwork created in downtown Ridgway.

PennDOT plow truck involved in crash

January 22, 2015

HORTON TWP. – A PennDOT snowplow truck was damaged in a crash late Wednesday morning on state Route 219 near Shawmut Road in Horton Township.
According to the Ridgway-based state police, 51-year-old Bruce B. Mowrey of Johnsonburg was driving a 2007 Kenworth T800 cab north on SR 219. He reportedly passed a PennDOT plow truck driven by 56-year-old Timothy J. Greenthaner of Kersey.
Mowrey's vehicle reportedly struck the wing plow and the PennDOT truck spun across the southbound lane.

Ridgway Elks hosting ball in February

January 22, 2015

The Ridgway Elks Lodge #872 is set to host its 44th annual Cerebral Palsy Ball Saturday, Feb. 7 at The Royal Inn in Ridgway in support of Pennsylvania's Elks Home Care Program.
The Elks Home Care Program is designed to offer free help to families of children that suffer from any developmental disabilities.
The Elks Home Care Program started in 1963 with a single unit in Westmorland County, but since then it has grown to cover the entire state with a staff of 24 registered nurses.

JASD general fund nearing bankruptcy

January 22, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Without a major influx in revenue, the Johnsonburg Area School District's general fund may run out within a matter of a few years.
"I'd say we are three years from this thing being belly up without something major happening," said Robert Paladino, JASD school board president at a JASD school board budget workshop on Tuesday.
"If you look at the trend for the last three years, it's not good," Paladino added.

Loose projections may indicate county windfall

January 21, 2015

St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard on Tuesday morning questioned Elk County Commissioners on the possibility of a county tax decrease due to projected future windfalls from Act 13 impact fee funds.
The impact fee “specifically provides for the imposition of an unconventional well fee by county (or alternatively municipalities compelling the imposition of an unconventional well fee),” according to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.

County says no to $5 registration add-on

January 21, 2015

County officials announced Tuesday morning that they will not solicit a $5 increase on car registration fees in Elk County.
Vehicle registration fees are already scheduled to increase from $36 to $38 by 2017 in accordance with the most recent state budget. From there, future increases will reportedly be tied to inflation. The state budget plan also allowed for counties to implement a $5 car registration fee.

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