Archive - Mar 2014 - News Article
Although one may not consider it spring with the continued cold temperatures, the new season brings the arrival baby rabbits. This little bunny was seen recently in a St. Marys driveway.
Today marks the Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service in which three local educators and one organization are being honored for their commitment to the citizens of the City of St. Marys.
This marks the first annual such event in St. Marys initiated by Mayor Bob Howard, although it is the second year it has been celebrated nationally.
"When I ran for office I said I was going to help promote the senior citizens and the veterans. I thought this was an opportunity to do just that," Howard said.
Dr. Ian Redmount, a Ridgway native and graduate of Ridgway Area High School, recently authored a physics textbook titled "12 Problems in Physics." Redmount is currently a professor of physics at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.
The textbook, which spans 12 chapters, is centered around applications and concepts necessary to solving classical physics problems.
The City of St. Marys continues to defend its stormwater management plan with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
On March 3, the city received a response from the DEP in reference to changes the city submitted as part of the Act 167 stormwater management plan ordinance in September.
City Solicitor Tom Wagner previously stated the city's draft ordinance is different from the Elk County Stormwater Plan, already approved by the DEP, because "it is more liberal in terms of exempting ordinary residential properties and having less stringent requirements on small construction."
Members of St. Marys City Council have received numerous complaints regarding deteriorating road conditions on both state and local roads, most of which are due to construction or are weather related.
City Councilman Gary Anderson asked what PennDOT's reaction was to council's inquiring about road conditions at the intersection on State Street, Arch Street, Mill Street and Vine Road.
FOX TWP. â€“ Two Holstein steer cows perished Saturday night in a Fox Township fire that destroyed a barn.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township Fire Department) and Elk Company 5 (Jay Township Fire Department) responded at 8:32 p.m. to 615 Byrnedale Rd. in Fox Township along with Fox Township Ambulance. The property is owned by 66-year-old Edward J. Benevich of Weedville.
As work on the state Route 255 project continues in the area between Vine Street and State Street, questions and rumors can be heard around town related to a number of issues, including the traffic signals at the Vine Street and Arch Street intersections.
With Vine Street currently closed due to the installation of water and sewer lines, one frequently discussed topic relates to why the traffic signal at that intersection continues to function instead of simply flashing yellow until the intersection with Vine Street reopens.
RIDGWAY â€“ Earlier this month, the state Department of Labor and Industry, in partnership with the Department of Community and Economic Development [DCED] announced a new grant opportunity-- the Pa. Jobs1st Regional Partnership.
Governor Tom Corbett created the initiative as a way to better connect local workforce investment boards together with Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance [PREP] partners.
KANE â€“ Kane natives and longtime friends Sam Cummings Jr. and Tom Jones are embarking on a joint business venture-- the first of its kind in the area.
CJ Spirits, which bears the initials of its partners, is state licensed as the first "craft distillery" in Northwest Pennsylvania.
Using shiny new distillery equipment, CJ Spirits plans to soon produce its first batch of vodka for its opening set for Wednesday, April 9.
As just the 11th "craft distillery" licensed under a new state law, CJ Spirits will be both producing and selling products at its 2,500-square-foot complex on Willow Run.Â
RIDGWAY â€“ House Bill 1701 may be the answer to a lot of problems throughout the area.
The legislation aims to create a rural community college pilot program serving an 11-county region of northwest and north central Pennsylvania.
Its sister legislation, Senate Bill 1000, passed with flying colors, 42-4.
"We're not going to go out and build a lot of infrastructure, it's not about bricks and mortar," said Bob Esch, a McKean County industry representative for the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board of directors.