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A documentary, "Lessons of Sister Victoria: Glimpses of life in the 50s" in St. Marys is being shown on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Elk County Catholic High School auditorium. The event is open to the public with free admission. Any donations are being donated to the Elk County Benedictine Sisters.
The nearly two-hour documentary was produced by Gale Largey, a former St. Marys resident and 1962 graduate of Central High School who now resides in Wellsboro with his family. It explores the influence of a convent of Benedictine Sisters on life in the community of St. Marys.
RIDGWAY TWP. â€“Â A large brush fire reportedly broke out Wednesday shortly after 4 p.m.
Initial reports indicated there were three separate fires affecting four to five acres near 2071 Bendigo Road in Ridgway Township.
A new federal report claims Pennsylvania lost nearly 4,000 farms over a five-year period along with a 100,000 total farm acreage decline.
The initial figures in the Census of Agriculture released in late February show just over 59,000 farms in 2012, land that comprised 7.7 million acres.
The total annual market value of the state's agriculture products totaled roughly $7.4 billion with the average farm producing nearly $124,000 in products every year.
While most Pennsylvania farms range between 10 and 500 acres in size, approximately 650 are at least 1,000 acres.
The City of St. Marys website has underwent a recent transformation. It may be viewed at www.cityofstmaryspa.gov and now includes a newer, cleaner design with updated information on city departments and much more.
City Manager Dave Greene, along with Lorrie Levenduski, secretary to the manager and additional staff underwent training and have been working diligently on revamping the website. Greene added it is still a work in progress with additional information and photos being continuously added.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is currently preparing for spring cleanup days in Elk County, where they will be assisting in the collection of electronics as well as used tires for municipalities throughout the county.
The authority, in conjunction with eLoop, will be hosting an electronics collection at the former municipal building located along Ridgway Drive in Ridgway Township. On Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., used electronics will be transported directly from the site by eLoop, who regularly collect electronics from the community recycling center in St. Marys.
Congressman Glenn "GT' Thompson visited with area students recently during a multi-school tour where they discussed various topics. Elk County Catholic High School student government participants had the opportunity to interact with Thompson as part of a question and answer session which yielded discussion on current events.
Elk County Catholic School System President Sam MacDonald greeted Thompson and his staff member Deborah Pontzer, an economic development and workforce specialist based out of Ridgway.
The general consensus of business owners along South St. Marys Street seems to be that the inconveniences are worthwhile in the end.
Steve and Kim Kunes, owners of Ace Auto, said that they lost 10 feet of their property to the state right-of-way but the retaining wall was rebuilt at no cost to them.
â€śWeâ€™re happy for the wall,â€ť Steve said. â€śI wish they would have finished the wall and I wish they would have made the wall higher so I could have got some of my property back, but thatâ€™s the state. They took quite a bit.â€ť
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The old Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township building was razed on Monday. Work began in the morning and into the afternoon hours. The new building stands in the background.
Anchors Away Owner Christa Wright of Kersey along with the assistance of her husband Scott, said it was her family's love of seafood which inspired her to open the new store which offers shellfish, fresh fish and frozen specialities.
Fast forward one year later and Wright's dream has become a reality.
"It's been nice meeting new people. Everyone that comes in has a different story on why they stopped by and what seafood is their favorite," Wright said.
Easter is less than a month away, meaning that it is also once again nearly time for the annual Bunny Hop 5K run/walk, which benefits The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Now in its fourth year, the Bunny Hop was started by the Frank and Paladino families in memory of family members who died from brain aneurysms.
This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 on the Vine Road side of Benzinger Park and will follow the same route used in past years. Walkers will set out at 10 a.m. and runners will start an hour later at 11 a.m.