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Ridgway logger injured in accident near Kane

January 31, 2014

A Ridgway logger was injured Friday in a work-related accident in the Allegheny National Forest near Kane.
Tim Holt, chief of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, identified the victim as Tom Luchs. He is listed as the president of TMJ Logging of 25 Morgan Ave., Ridgway.
Luchs suffered a "severe leg injury," according to Mike Volpe, a Kane Emergycare ambulance paramedic.

Beimel details history of St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery

January 31, 2014

While it is not the only cemetery in St. Marys, St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery is the oldest and perhaps the most historically significant. St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery was founded in 1862 and is the final resting place for many of those who played a role in the community throughout its history. 

Fleming to perform national anthem at Super Bowl

January 31, 2014

Opera singer and Ridgway native Renee Fleming will be singing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium. Fleming, now 54, spent her elementary school years in Ridgway before relocating to Rochester, N.Y.
Fleming is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Fleming, both music majors who graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

January 30th

One dead in Mersen explosion

January 30, 2014

Officials on Thursday confirmed the death of a St. Marys Mersen USA employee after an industrial explosion in the morning.
Noah Nichelson, St. Marys Mersen USA general manager, said in a statement to WJAC that one employee was killed and two were injured following “an equipment related accident” at the plant.
A receptionist at the plant earlier in the day said there would be no comment regarding the accident.

School emergency closure policy detailed

January 30, 2014

The decision to close or modify the school day due to inclement weather is not one made lightly as emphasized by St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney.
In addressing the district's response to recent severe winter weather, Kearney referenced its
emergency closing procedures which may be viewed on the front page of the district website at www.smasd.org.

Kane school, judge take tough stance on truancy

January 30, 2014

KANE – Skipping school has serious consequences in Kane.
Both the school administration and Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman are taking a tough stance on truancy.
"Students cannot learn if they are not present in school," Dr. Maryann Anderson, school district superintendent, said. She pointed out that the school district is required to enforce the state compulsory attendance law.

One dead in Mersen explosion

January 30, 2014

Officials on Thursday confirmed the death of a St. Marys Mersen USA employee after an industrial explosion in the morning.
Noah Nichelson, St. Marys Mersen USA general manager said in a statement that one employee was killed and two were injured following “an equipment related accident” at the plant.
Emergency dispatchers confirmed a call went out shortly after 9 a.m. to Mersen USA in St. Marys, located at 1032 Trout Run Rd.

January 29th

Radon poses silent threat

January 29, 2014

With elevated levels of radon affecting almost half of Pennsylvania homes and being the second leading cause of lung cancer in the state, residents are encouraged now more than ever to have their homes tested for the colorless, odorless, radioactive gas.
Wally Hanes of Hanes H.C.R., LLC in St. Marys, is DEP-certified in radon mitigation and said 50 percent or higher of homes in the Elk County area have tested positive for radon. He has found readings from as high as 175 pCi/L in Johnsonburg down to 1 pCi/L with levels being elevated north of Elk County toward Kane.

Roessler shares message of hope with ECC students

January 29, 2014

As part of their Catholic Schools Week celebration, Elk County Catholic High School invited Catholic singer/songwriter Lee Roessler and his band to perform for students on Wednesday afternoon in the school's auditorium. Later that evening, a free concert for the community was also performed by Roessler from 7-9 p.m. at ECCHS.

Electronics recycling costs on the rise

January 29, 2014

ELoop, the recently-chosen group which collects electronic recyclables from the community recycling center, has informed the Elk County Solid Waste Authority that items previously picked up free of charge will now carry a fee of 6 cents per pound to be collected.
"Because of the market, because of the stockpiling, because of the difficulty of getting materials moved, eLoop is going to start charging us this for all the items that are not covered under the electronics recycling law," Titchner said.

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