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April 1st, 2015

Weather not cooperating with spring sports season

April 1, 2015

Even though the first official contests of the 2014-2015 spring sports season were scheduled for last week, the lingering winter weather has prevented any games from being played in town so far. As of Wednesday afternoon, a few inches of snow were still covering area fields, including Berwind Park. It remains to be seen when Mother Nature will cooperate and allow area teams to get their seasons underway.

March 31st

Winter weather forces road closures

March 31, 2015

A late-season snowstorm Tuesday dumped roughly six inches of heavy wet snow in some parts of Elk County as the area was plagued by several vehicle accidents and road closures.
State Route 219 was closed between Wilcox and Lantz Corners shortly before 10:30 a.m. as several tractor-trailers were stuck on the roadway.
Brynedale Hill on state Route 255 was closed at 10:57 a.m. due to dangerous road conditions and multiple tractor-trailers stuck on the roadway.

Website launched as part of planning project benefitting youth and seniors

March 31, 2015

The Stackpole-Hall Foundation is preparing to kick off its Long Range Planning project today and is seeking the input of current and former Elk County residents.
The purpose of the project is to gather ideas or suggestions from the community about supporting young people and senior citizens in Elk County.
By accessing the Ideascale website, found at, individuals will not only be able to submit their ideas but also vote on existing suggestions and make constructive comments on them. Individuals may only cast one vote per idea.

March 30th

Jury: Martin guilty of first-degree murder

March 30, 2015

RIDGWAY – After approximately four hours of deliberation Monday afternoon, a jury found Nicholas "Nick" Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, guilty of felony first-degree criminal homicide and the misdemeanor offense of abuse of a corpse in the 2013 death of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
This concludes a four-day trial in which Martin was charged with stabbing his then-girlfriend 112 times and dumping her body at Sandy Beach Recreational Park in Ridgway Township.
Families of both the victim and the defendant were tearful as the verdict was read.

ECC students take part in Broadway workshop

March 30, 2015

When Elk County Catholic High School's drama club made their annual two-day trip to New York City earlier this month, the students not only had the chance to see the city and take in a pair of Broadway shows, they also had the opportunity to take part in a workshop with a few members of the cast of "Phantom of the Opera."
Among the individuals with whom the students had the opportunity to work was Jim Weitzer, who they noted plays Andre in the Phantom performances Monday through Wednesday.

School bus involved in Route 6 crash

March 30, 2015

HAMLIN TWP. – A school bus carrying 12 Kane school students ranging from ages 5 to 17 was involved in a crash Monday morning in Hamlin Township on U.S. Route 6.
According to PSP Kane, Stella M. Dragoone, 44, of Smethport, was operating a 2015 Chrysler 200 eastbound on Route 6 in the area of Pine Drive in Hamlin Township.

College Basketball Roundup- Sweet 16 Edition

March 30, 2015

College Basketball Roundup- Sweet 16 Edition

Midwest Region

The Midwest Regional final was held at Quickens Loan Arena this year. The undefeated
Kentucky Wildcats came in as heavy favorites to move on to the Final Four in
Indianapolis. That didn’t stop Daxter Miles of West Virginia to proclaim that
Kentucky will be 36-1 after the two teams meet Thursday night. That certainly did
not happen. The Wildcats completely overwhelmed the Mountaineers and doubled them up
78-39. In the early game, Notre Dame topped Wichita State 81-70. This marked the

March 29th

Spring Fling showcases array of vendors

March 29, 2015

The annal Spring Fling vendor show took place on Saturday at Sacred Heart Parish Center in St. Marys. Despite the non-spring-like weather a sizable crowd attended the show which featured an array of vendors selling wares ranging from home decor, jewelry, hair and beauty items to homemade soaps, wood craft items, and flowers, as well as handmade candy. Numerous baked goods including cookies, cake rolls, cream puffs, breads, and more were offered for sale along with lunch items of several types of sandwiches and soups.

Stations of the Cross find new home at ECCHS

March 29, 2015

The Stations of the Cross adorning the walls of the chapel at Elk County Catholic High School are likely to catch the eye of all who enter. Hand-carved and ornate, the stations appear to be a perfect fit for the space and, after seeing them, it is difficult to envision the room without them.
While the chapel may be their new home, the stations ended up at ECCHS because of their former home. They are the original Stations of the Cross that adorned the chapel at St. Joseph Monastery, which closed last year.

ECC students spend day at North Central

March 29, 2015

RIDGWAY – Students from Elk County Catholic were recently the guests of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's staff as a part of a business day which exposed the students to how a real world organization works.
Susie Snelick, North Central's Workforce Investment Board Director, said about 15 students from ECC attended the business day, choosing which departments they wanted to visit based upon what their career goals were.

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