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June 7th

Plan tweaked for housing program

June 7, 2011

The Northern Tier Community Action Corporation, as designated by the Elk County Board of Commissioners of Elk County, has been administering the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Grant Program in the amount of $176,810.
According to Richard Gavazzi, housing specialist for Elk County, Northern Tier Community Action will provide homelessness prevention services to Elk County residents who are at risk of becoming homeless and to rapidly re-house newly homeless individuals and families who are homeless as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Granche asks council to support H.R. 1489

June 7, 2011

Elk County citizen Bill Granche addressed members of city council during their meeting on Monday evening to request that council members pass a resolution expressing their support for federal House Resolution 1489.
Granche explained that he had already approached the Ridgway Borough Council regarding the same issue, which is being addressed through a grassroots effort.
"I'm part of a grassroots effort to deal with a national issue related to the Glass-Steagall Act. That was an act that was started off in 1933. It had a lot to do with money," Granche said.

June 6th

Greene provides update on parking garage

June 6, 2011

St. Marys City Manager Dave Greene provided members of city council with an update on the progress on the construction of the Depot Street parking garage during their work session meeting on Monday evening.
Greene indicated that construction on the garage is currently about 67 percent complete.
"It's still on schedule to be completed by July 15 of this year. They're right now putting the roofs on each one of the structures," Greene said
He noted that the elevator will be installed soon and the painter is also currently on site working.

Elk County Relay for Life is going purple

June 6, 2011

An overnight celebration of life and cancer survivorship, the 2011 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Elk County is set for Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 at the Fox Township Community Park in Kersey.
Team members walk around the clock in solidarity with the battle against cancer. This celebration brings together numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer as part of a unified effort to fight back.

June 5th

SMAHS grads use past lessons for future plans

June 5, 2011

St. Marys Area High School Class of 2011 student speakers Natalie Schwer, salutatorian, and Gianna DeMuro, valedictorian, recollected high school memories and hopes for the future during the school's annual commencement program held Friday evening.
As part of Schwer's speech, she referenced lessons portrayed in the Disney movie "Finding Nemo" as to what the new graduates may encounter in the real world following high school, including making new friends and embarking on a journey of self-discovery.

Municipal authority reaches agreement with Hunt Marcellus

June 5, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Through the course of several weeks of negotiations, the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA] has reached an agreement with Hunt Marcellus Operating Company, LLC, to sell treated water on an "as-needed" basis for use in its Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations.
One of the obligations of the agreement Hunt has already fulfilled is to make a $500,000 capital contribution to the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority for the purpose of making capital improvements to their water supply system in order to make available 300,000 gallons of water per day by Aug. 1 to Hunt Marcellus.

June 3rd

SMAHS celebrates Class of 2011

June 3, 2011

On Friday evening, 165 members of the St. Marys Area High School Class of 2011 gathered with their family and friends in celebrating their high school career as part of the school's 115th annual commencement program.
Class President Shelby Zomcik acted as the Mistress of Ceremonies and offered brief remarks along with fellow student speakers Natalie Schwer, salutatorian, and Gianna DeMuro, valedictorian.

Wolfel pleads guilty to arson

June 3, 2011

Philip Bradley Wolfel, 23, of 5448 Rasselas Rd., Wilcox, pleaded guilty to one count of arson and related offenses, a grade-one felony, when he appeared before 59th Judicial District Judge Richard Masson in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse during the morning session of Return Day on Friday. As a result of his guilty plea, Wolfel was sentenced to incarceration for a period of no less than four years to no more than 15 years at the State Diagnostic and Classification Center in Pittsburgh.

Leuschel pleads guilty to charges related to theft of over $200,000

June 3, 2011

RIDGWAY - Laurene L. Leuschel, 51, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty to the charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, a grade-three felony; and tampering with records or identification, a grade-one misdemeanor, when she appeared before 59th Judicial District Judge Richard Masson in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse during the morning session of Return Day on Friday. Sentencing in the matter was deferred until after the completion and receipt of a pre-sentence investigation report, which will include a forensic mental health evaluation conducted by Dr. David Webster.

June 2nd

Graphics business holding grand opening Saturday

June 3, 2011

ST. MARYS - Fourth Floor Graphics, which does full-graphic, high-definition signs, banners, vehicle lettering, wraps, guitar skins, shirts and hats, is holding its grand opening Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its location at 106 South Michael St. in downtown St. Marys.
The business is a family affair, owned by Dave Lowe, his father, Wayne, and his brothers, Tim and Scott.
Dave Lowe said the business will offer various services to the area.

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