Archive - 2010 - News Article
The final public meeting regarding the master site plan for the West Creek Recreational Trail, a planned Rails-to-Trails corridor between St. Marys and Emporium, was held Wednesday evening at St. Marys City Hall. The final plan will now be sent to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for review.
According to Michelle A. Brummer, environmental planner for Gannett Fleming, Inc., the proposal is for a trail along an abandoned 19-mile segment of railroad that is now owned by the West Creek Recreational Trail Association, Inc.
At the request of city councilman Dick Dornisch, members of the St. Marys City Council once again discussed looking into imposing restrictions on Marcellus gas drilling near residential areas and water supplies within the city at their recent meeting.
The timeless story of a poor youngster who becomes a successor to a candy empire is sure to entertain audiences of all ages, as part of this yearâ€™s Elk County Catholic High School Drama Departmentâ€™s production of â€śWilly Wonka.â€ť
â€śThough there has been a movie version since the 70s, the stage adaptation is relatively recent,â€ť said Ted Hanes, drama department director. â€śThis show is a fun show that will not only entertain the children in the audience, but also the adults.â€ť
Several Ridgway residents attended Tuesday morning's Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting and questioned local government officials' diligence in protecting the area's water supply during the recent Marcellus Shale drilling boom.
One resident, Clifford Stump, who resides along Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township, expressed his concern about the drilling and its environmental impact.
Area residents have the opportunity to find out whether any of the items in their attics, basements and garages are worth more than meets the eye at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow, in progress this week at the Comfort Inn in St. Marys. The event is open to area residents from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Frank Walton, manager for the local Roadshow, explained that the Treasure Hunters Roadshow is different from the popular "Antiques Roadshow" in that it does not provide appraisals, but instead matches items with a database of collectors.
Construction has recently been completed on a new road bordering the St. Marys Protestant Cemetery. The road runs from Washington Road through the cemetery, ending near Penn Road.
The road was one of the major projects for the Protestant Cemetery Association, which has been recently reorganized within the past year-and-a-half.
â€śThe road is not a through road, as there is a gate installed at the top of the road,â€ť explained Lisa Salter, association secretary and treasurer.
She noted that the cemeteryâ€™s upper road may be utilized for parking for those visiting the cemetery.
Bob Yoder once again addressed council members on behalf of Dynamic Energy, Inc., asking for council members to indicate whether they intend to move forward on a power purchase agreement for the downtown parking garage project, as well as working to solve any other potential issues that they foresee regarding the project.
Yoder explained that an initial design concept had recently been completed for placing the panels on the garage.
The Crystal Fire Department was presented with the Distinguished Service Award during American Legion Post 103's annual Veterans Day Banquet at the Bavarian Hills on Saturday evening.
Victor Straub, Legion member and master of ceremonies for the banquet, explained that the Distinguished Service Award is a special award that is presented to someone who has distinguished himself or herself in giving of their time, efforts and talents in creating a better community. On two prior occasions, the award was presented to organizations for their outstanding service to the community.
Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey Krieg was the guest speaker at the St. Marys American Legion Post 103's annual Veterans Day Banquet on Saturday evening at Bavarian Hills in St. Marys. Krieg explained that he was asked to speak about the Sheriff's Office because many people are unsure of its actual purpose.
According to Krieg, the Sheriff's Office is the oldest law enforcement division in Pennsylvania and dates back to the founding of the Commonwealth.
"We were arresting people back in the 1700s, long before there were state police and municipal police and everything else," Krieg said.