Archive - Mar 2011 - News Article
Bob Yoder addressed members of city council on Monday evening on behalf of St. Marys Hospitality to bring them up to speed on issues surrounding the downtown hotel project.
Todd Hanes, owner of the former location of The Station Inn, located along Depot Street, had addressed council earlier this month and asked for their assistance on moving the project forward. At that meeting, council members had indicated that they planned to request that Yoder attend a meeting to explain why he had not closed on any of the properties.
RIDGWAY â€“ State Police at Ridgway said Monday that the cause of Saturday morning's fire that gutted a 3-story building along the 200 block of downtown Ridgway was accidental.
Representatives from Johnson Controls recently presented an update to the St. Marys Area School District School Board of Directors of the nearly $4 million renovation project taking place within the district.
Gary Sipe, onsite manager of facility improvements for Johnson Controls, explained the details, emphasizing that all projects were geared at making the numerous school buildings energy-efficient.
RIDGWAY - A fire destroyed a 3-story building at 205 Main St. in Ridgway early Saturday morning.
WEEDVILLE â€“Â The Jay Township Supervisors recently opened, reviewed, and approved bids for the purchase of dust oil and for the dumpster that is typically located at the township building during the summer months.
Three dust oil bids were received from the following companies: HRI, Inc. at a cost of $2.21 a gallon, Vollmer Tar and Chip Inc. at a cost of $2.34 a gallon, and Jefferson Paving Corp. at a cost of $2.22 a gallon. Supervisors approved awarding the bid to HRI Inc., noting that the company has received the bid for a number of years now.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Oak Norton, a former intelligence officer for the U.S. Army and Air Force, discussed the importance of emergency preparation Saturday morning to kick off the Third Annual Preparedness Fair at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ridgway.
"It's wonderful to see that people are here [Saturday] because that proves [they're] not clueless as to what can take place," Norton said. "In Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, we only had an opportunity to do the job once and it had to be done correctly, otherwise lives would be lost and a lot of suffering would take place.
BROOKVILLE â€” An Emporium man facing charges for the double murder of a Snyder Township couple last year wants a new judge for his trial, because the presiding judge resides in the same area.
Monday, Steven Patrick Rebert filed a petition in the Court of Common Pleas to have Judge John H. Foradora, who resides in Brockway, removed from the case, according to the Jeffersonian Democrat.
Foradora declined the request.
Kane native Jason Downey has felt the effects of several earthquakes during his 3Â˝ years as a schoolteacher in Japan.
But he knew right away that the â€śbig one" that rocked the island nation eight days ago wasnâ€™t like the others.
Downey told the Kane Republican that he was in the teachersâ€™ room at his school â€śwhen the quake hitâ€ť March 11.
â€śIt was 2:46 in the afternoon,â€ť Downey said. â€śAt first, I didnâ€™t think it was a big deal. We get over 2,000 earthquakes a year and most of them are over in 10 or 20 seconds."
Several area men and women have volunteered their smiling faces and entertaining personalities to raise money for Relay for Life of Elk County, which contributes to the American Cancer Society to support people with cancer and fund research efforts.
WEEDVILLE â€“Â Streetlight issues were a concern addressed by the Jay Township Supervisors during their recent monthly meeting.
The supervisors received a letter from Jay Township resident Christine Gavazzi, indicating that she was unhappy with the streetlight tax she was being assessed because she did not believe the light had any impact on her property.
In her letter, which was dated Feb. 16, Gavazzi stated, "We do not benefit at all from the light closest to our property. It doesn't seem fair to have to pay for a light when it doesn't provide any light for our property."