Archive - 2014 - News Article
The Pittsburgh Pirates will be wrapping up a three-game homestand with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night at PNC Park, and area residents are encouraged to come to the St. Marys Community Pool for the Memorial Park staff's lone Pirate Night of the summer. The game, which is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start, will be projected on a screen under the pavilion in the pool's snack bar area.
BENEZETTE â€“Â Just over a month ago, Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 2169 into law. The bill, in part, created a special conservation license that could be chanced off annually to raise funds to benefit conservation and education efforts in Pennsylvania's Elk Country. Working together, in a span of roughly four weeks the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) and Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) were able to raise over $150,000 selling tickets for the first ever Pa. Elk Tag Raffle.
BENEZETTE â€“Â It was a beautiful weekend in Benezette for the 2014 Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo, which was held at the Elk Country Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday.
"We really couldn't have asked for better weather today," Elk Country Visitor Center Operations Manager Carla Wehler said on Saturday afternoon. "It wasn't too hot, wasn't too cold, and there was no rain. It was just a beautiful day and was a little bit overcast. We're pretty excited."
BENEZETTE â€“Â Of the 108 elk licenses awarded by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) during their annual elk license drawing, threeâ€“all for antlerless elkâ€“went to residents of St. Marys. This year's drawing was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in conjunction with the Pa. Great Outdoors Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. It was the first time since 2008 that the elk license drawing has been held during the Elk Expo.
KERSEY â€“ The timber industry was highlighted during Friday's Elk County Farm Bureau Legislative Tour, which was held at Northwood Resources, Inc.(NRI) in Kersey.
As part of the 18th annual tour, approximately 40 attendees gathered at NRI, situated off state Route 255 along Birch Valley Road.
Owner Michael Hoffman provided a tour and general information about the log yard and distribution center of cherry, red oak, hard maple and white oak logs. The company is a family-owned business founded in 2011. Hoffman has worked in the timber field for 30 years.
During this year's Pa. Great Outdoors Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, official event merchandise will be available, including the 2014 elk expo patch. Each year a different four-inch embroidered patch has been made to commemorate the expo, and individuals have had the opportunity to submit their photos of Pennsylvania elk in hopes of having one chosen to be featured on the annual collector's item.
This year's patch depicts a winter scene of a bull elk bugling and is based on a photograph taken by John Rihn of Glenshaw in December 2010.
Policy for city employees, specifically dealing with accumulated sick time, was met with criticism from council members during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting.
Over the past several months City Manager Dave Greene has worked with Carol Muhitch, the city's finance director, and Lorrie Levenduski, city manager secretary, in creating an employee handbook.
The handbook remains a work in progress as changes need made to it, however council was presented with a draft of the handbook for their review.
A Johnsonburg man faces several felony charges for an alleged statutory sexual assault on a known 13-year-old female.
Charles James Nussbaum, 28, of 515 1/2 Market St., Johnsonburg, is charged with felony offenses of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, criminal use of a communication facility and indecent assault. Additionally, he is charged with a misdemeanor count of indecent assault. It is alleged that these acts occurred approximately between April 1 and July 20.
The hiring of a new physical education teacher at Fox and Bennetts Valley elementary schools was tabled during a recent St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors meeting. The position is to replace an outgoing teacher.
After discussion at the board's work session last week as to why a candidate's name was not included on the agenda for the position, Doug Surra's name was added to the meeting agenda on Monday under professional hire.
The ground at Kaulmont Park was a little muddy Wednesday, but the rain stopped and a long line of area residents could be seen waiting to get into both circus performances presented by Walker International Events, Inc.
The group put on two roughly 90-minute shows, one at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.
The performances featured a variety of entertaining acts, including some with live animals. Some acts had participants suspended in the air, while others featured balancing acts or humous skits involving volunteers from the audience.