Archive - Jan 2014 - News Article
Students and faculty from throughout Elk County filled the Queen of the World Church in St. Marys on Monday morning as they participated in a special Mass celebrating the 40th annual National Catholic Schools Week.
Monsignor Charles Kaza presided over the Mass which was followed by faith and service activities held at the adjacent St. Marys Catholic Elementary School.
Mother Nature surprised area residents yet again on Monday as many awoke to find snow rollers, a unique natural sculpture created by high winds and snow, in their yards and fields.
Hundreds of these typically hollow formations could be seen throughout western Pennsylvania. They were reported to have ranged in size from small marbles to large pumpkins, although weather records indicate they can be as large as a 30 gallon drum and typically average 10 to 12 inches in diameter.
RIDGWAY âÂ Melissa Aul, resource conservation technician for the Elk County Conservation District, reported the district, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, will host another round of agricultural workshops for area farmers and animal owners.
In an effort to have the opportunity to show a gesture of appreciation, a small group of individuals recently gathered to plan a community celebration to honor the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County and their 162 years of faithful and dedicated service.
The celebration is taking place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Queen of the World Church in St. Marys. The catalyst behind the event is in response to the recent announcement of the closing of the St. Joseph Monastery.
As part of a special Catholic Schools Week event to benefit the wider community, Elk County Catholic High School will be hosting a free concert by Catholic artist Lee Roessler on Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. in the school's auditorium.
Roessler was at the school four years ago for a youth rally and Campus Minister Fr. Ross Miceli explained that it seemed like a good time to invite him back and incorporate it into a community-wide event.
RIDGWAY â Nicolas Dickant of Ridgway Township was recently awarded a Purple Heart for injuries suffered in 2011 while on a mission in Afghanistan.
Members of the United States Marine Corps were on hand Friday afternoon for the ceremony alongside various Dickant family members, many of whom have served the country in various branches of the military.
"With my family, a lot of us have a military background, cousins, my grandfathers, uncles, so it just seemed to be the thing to do," he said. "I always knew I wanted to do it."
U.S Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) visited St. Marys Friday evening to announce his bid for re-election this year.
Speaking to a group of about 30 constituents at the Red Fern in Fox Township, Thompson said he was honored and privileged to be among friends who feel more like family.
Roughly 260 homes on North Broad Street to the Beaver development along state Route 219 north toward Johnsonburg were without no natural gas for several hours Friday.
Earlier in the day, a gas line was reportedly struck by a contractor operating a bulldozer.
The fourth annual housing housing expo, put on by the Local Housing Options Team [LHOT] of Elk and Cameron Counties, is set to be held Thursday, March 13 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Center along Center Street in St. Marys.
Sacred Heart will also be providing food and beverages throughout the day.
LHOT is a coalition made up of members from various local agencies who deal with housing entities, social services, local government, planning departments, as well as faith-based and financial institutions. Area landlords also participate as members of LHOT.Â
A partisan Legislature still appears to stand in the way of state pension reform as ârevenues in the Commonwealth continue to lag behind growing expenses,â one such expense being an âunsustainableâ pension plan, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
Rising pensions costs are expected to hover around $2 billion for next yearâs budget, up from $1.4 billion for fiscal year 2013.
Representing the 25th District, Scarnati on Thursday morning said it appears the system is broke.