August 5th, 2014
KERSEY â€“ Rainy weather did not deter a crowd from gathering at the Elk County Fair on Tuesday evening for the annual opening ceremony. Various local and county officials were seated onstage and introduced as some gave a brief statement about the fair.
JONES TWP. â€“ Homeowners along Marvin Street in Wilcox have been concerned about the presence of a fowl smelling brown liquid in their yards which they think might be sewage.
A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection water quality specialist visited the problem area along Marvin Street Tuesday morning following multiple complaints by residents. The DEP specialist was joined on the scene by Sewage Enforcement Officer Russ Braun, Jones Township Supervisor Laurie Storrar, Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg, and several concerned homeowners in the area.
William T. (Bill) Cherry, 49, of 217 Powers Ave., Johnsonburg, died Monday Aug, 4, 2014 at his residence.
He was born June 2, 1965, in Ridgway, son of John (Skip) Cherry and Carol Pennington Bryndel.
Bill resided in Johnsonburg all of his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1982.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Church and The Piedmont Club. He loved animals and being with his family.
A new company is coming to St. Marys as city council unanimously approved the sale of a 17-acre undeveloped parcel of land in the St. Marys Airport Industrial Park to a company at a cost of $108,000.
City Manager Dave Greene did not divulge the name of the company at the council work session Monday evening, however he said the company is willing to develop the land and create new jobs for the area.
The parcel was originally appraised in 2005 at $3,000/acre and is now up to $6,000/acre.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Solid Waste Authority met Monday in the Courthouse Annex building in Ridgway to discuss the possibility of a new recycling center in St. Marys.
In an effort to get the facility in St. Marys, the authority has to submit a grant proposal to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
To submit the grant proposal, the authority has to hire an engineer to do the necessary preparatory work. The work includes schematics of the driveways, parking lots and buildings on the premises, among other responsibilities.
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As political candidates ramp up efforts in their campaigns, U.S. Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-5) has been busy in Washington as he has played an integral role in several new bills, some benefitting U.S. veterans and farmers.
During the recent Elk County Republican Party summer gathering Brent Pasquinelli, Thompson's chief of political operations, spoke on his behalf touting his diligent work in D.C.
"GT sees himself as a problem solver. He looks for problems in the delivery of services to constituents and he attacks those problems without costing taxpayers," Pasquinelli said.
Occasional light rain on Sunday morning did little to deter the more than 200 people that turned out to participate in the third annual Michael B. Proudfit Memorial 5K walk/run, which got underway at 9 a.m. at Memorial Park.
According to Rachel Schreiber, who coordinated the race, roughly 200 people preregistered for the event and another 30 or so signed up on Sunday morning to take part.
"I think this may be the biggest turnout we've had," Schreiber said.
Despite the weather, she noted that most of those who had preregistered showed up to take part in the event.
The staff at Memorial Park did not know what the weather would be like on Sunday afternoon back when they first scheduled their Mario Kart video game tournament, but the event, which was held inside the scout building located adjacent to the park's basketball courts, ended up being a perfect fit for the rainy afternoon.
Fifteen two-person teams made up of individuals of a variety of age ranges competed in the double elimination tournament, and a number of other people stopped by just to watch or cheer on their friends.