Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
At Monday's St. Marys City Council meeting, the 2012 budget for the city was adopted following the required public review period. St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer said the 2012 budget will not have a tax increase for city residents.
"I just want to say that the taxes of St. Marys will not be raised for 2012 and all is in order," Geyer said. "We're running in the black, unlike many other cities in the country."
RIDGWAY - At the Summit Lodge and Grill on Monday, a packed house of about 200 hunters and enthusiasts gathered for the conclusion of the 7th annual Big Buck contest.
Food and drink were served and those in attendance took the opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and perhaps make a few new ones. Many talked shop, recounted memorable hunts from this season and ones past and debated the finer points of rifle and bow hunting.
At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors, an ongoing dispute between neighbors again brought the issue of outdoor furnaces as a public nuisance to the forefront.
Sid and Eileen Dolansky have for months been after the board to intervene on their behalf and stop neighbor Howie Barnett from what they claim is constant burning of his outdoor furnace. They cited adverse effects, including health problems and air pollution, as well as diminished property values.
Dennis D. Heindl and the Ridgway community are collaborating to restore the historic train station located along North Broad Street in Ridgway.
According to William Gentilman, Property Manager for the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc., the building was built the year 1907.
â€śThe station was built the last year the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad was in existence,â€ť said Gentilman. â€śThe line the station is on was a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad section that ran from Erie to St. Marys, and the track is still there.â€ť
The restoration of the building has been nearly 20 years in the making.
At last month's meeting of the Jay Township board or supervisors, newly-elected township auditor John Bricen, fresh off his election day write-in victory over opponent Peggy Coppolo acknowledged a controversy involving improprieties with his campaign literature and a resultant complaint filed by Coppolo accusing him of violating election law.
"There seems to be some controversy over my handout literature having the proper documentation on the bottom, having a complaint filed, I understand that, that happens," Bricen said.
JAY TOWNSHIP - With Jay Township seeing an increasingly and particularly strong presence of Marcellus Shale activity, how the community could best protect its interests as the gas industry continues its proliferation in the area was a topic of discussion at Thursday night's meeting of the board of supervisors.
BENEZETTE â€“Â With Christmas less than two weeks away, holiday cheer is evident throughout the community, and at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. The center has had its Christmas tree on display since late November and is once again looking for ornaments to decorate it.
According to Carla Wehler, Elk Country Visitor Center Operations Manager, the tree is bigger than last year's and was selected by staff members Brandi Hanes, Jean Germer, and Scott Rhodes.
Photo by Amy Cherry
This Washington Street home is ready for the holidays with a front-yard display featuring a packed Santa's sleigh being pulled by two reindeer, snowmen relaxing on the porch and a Christmas tree in the front window.
WEEDVILLE. â€“Â On the morning of Oct. 26, it was discovered that the Gardner Hill Community Church in Weedville had been vandalized overnight. During that incident, a table and stereo were taken and a dead deer was left inside the church. The incident was subsequently investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Game Commission and charges were filed against five individuals through District Judge Wilhelm's office on Dec. 12.
An email and text message alert sent out by the St. Marys Area School District (SMASD) through its automated emergency text/email notification systemÂ informing recipients of the "attempt to pass voucher charter school expansion legislation next week" and instructing them to contact their legislators and "tell them to vote no on vouchers" has come under fire for what some perceive as misuse of a public address system intended for emergency purposes only.