March 8th, 2011
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Both small and large newspapers across the U.S. utilize the valuable program, including The Daily Press, which has offered the program for the past four years.
Members of the Cameron and Elk Counties Local Housing Options Team [LHOT] have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming housing expo, the first of its kind offered by the group, on April 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at Central Hose Company along North Broad Street in Ridgway.
The expo will showcase builders, contractors, realtors, financing mechanisms and services available to the seasoned homeowner, first-time homebuyer, landlords and renters.
Todd Hanes, owner of the former location of The Station Inn along Depot Street, addressed members of city council on Monday evening, informing them that
Bob Yoder has still not closed on any of the properties in that location and requesting their assistance in moving the project forward. Yoder is involved with plans to purchase the former Station Inn property, as well as other properties in that area, so that a hotel can be built.
Members of city council announced during their Monday evening meeting that they were recently informed by Zito Media that rates will be increasing as of April 1. According to a letter sent to the city by Zito Media, the company plans to adjust its rates for its Classic Cable service, High Speed Data service and for certain premium channels.
Curious drivers and pedestrians in downtown St. Marys watched Monday as the removal process began for two large trees that had graced the Diamond for many years. The decision to remove the two trees, a Norway maple and Red maple, was made due to safety concerns, according to a release issued by the city's Shade Tree Commission.
The many branches that have come down due to repeated storm damage and a major split on the body of the Red maple pose a danger to people walking and relaxing on and around the Diamond, commission members said.
Although falling short of its goal, the St. Marys Area United Way has succeeded in raising $198,000 as part of its 2010 campaign efforts.
"Getting to our goal would have been ideal, but the fact that we are able to fund our agencies at the level we raised is gratifying," emphasized Sherron McGowan, executive director. "Our whole mission is to allocate additional funding to the agencies."
According to McGowan, the organization chose to raise this year's campaign goal to $205,000 after seeing signs the economy was picking up.
Ridgway Borough Police Officer and part-time Elk County Sheriff's Department Deputy Shawn Geci was recently handed a 30-day suspension without pay from borough council.
The suspension comes while Geci is appealing a Jan. 20 ruling by Cameron County District Judge Alvin Brown, who found the officer guilty of two gaming law violations which supposedly occurred Dec. 3, 2010.
According to Ridgway mayor Guillermo Udarbe, borough officials and council were aware of Geci's appeal when it voted to slap him with a 30-day suspension without pay.
Thomas Alvin Terwilliger, 82, of 19 Hiram St., Brookville, died Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Veterans Hospital in Oakland.
He was born December 5, 1928 in Cadogan Township, son of the late Homer and Mildred Bortz Terwilliger.
He had made his home with Judith Baumgratz for many years. She preceded him in death in 1997.
He was Methodist by faith and enjoyed hunting, camping and especially fishing as well as spending time with his family.
He had been employed at Stackpole Carbon as a die setter. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean War.
Florence L. Steis, 88, of Miamisburg, Ohio, died Friday, March 4, 2011 at her residence under the care of Hospice of Dayton.
She was born Sept. 12, 1922 in Brandy Camp, the daughter of Gelindo and Julia Castina Benigni.
She was a former resident of Brandy Camp and Coraopolis.
CLARION - The Lady Dutch of St. Marys Area High School went scoreless in the third period of their District 9-AAA Championship game with Bradford, but then rallied for a 23-8 advantage in the final period to defeat the Lady Owls by a 53-37 score for their fourth straight District 9-AAA championship at Clarion University on Saturday afternoon.