Archive - 2014 - News Article
RIDGWAY â€“ Educational needs of an underserved populace in rural Pennsylvania may finally be addressed by legislators this year.
House Bill 1701, now in the House Education committee, 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.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A Ridgway man was waived for court Wednesday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge George King on over 30 felony charges of child pornography.
Theodore Robert Rohr, 34, of Ridgway, was charged as a result of a search warrant served in November 2013 by the State Police Computer Crime Unit.
Prior to meeting with King, David Hopkins, the defense attorney for Rohr, asked some questions to the arresting officer, Corporal Robert Pearson. Most questions concerned the nature of peer-to-peer file sharing networks and the circumstances under which Rohr's computer was seized.
A new office space in City Hall for use by the mayor and City Council members spurred a lively discussion between a few members of council.
Following Mayor Bob Howard's activity report, he stated "the mayor and council have established an office" at City Hall which includes an extension in the city's phone system and voicemail.
Councilman Ned Jacob stated council had no part in this project.
As part of a proposed city ordinance for transient retail businesses, door-to-door salespeople may now only conduct their business from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The updated ordinance limits their hours of operation, which was previously allowed until 9 p.m.
Sundays and legal holidays are also off limits for door-to-door salespeople.
The ordinance, which was unanimously approved by council for publication, will be advertised at their next regular meeting in May.
Representatives from Seneca Resources answered questions posed by St. Marys City Council on Monday evening in regard to future seismic testing taking place in the Taft Road area.
Mike Brock, a Taft Road resident, approached council during their last work session about concerns he and his neighbors have had with letters they've received from Blueline Geo about the testing. Brock requested council look into the matter and per his request council reached out to Seneca.
Local police officers who were serving 16 years ago may soon be receiving a check for reimbursement of overpayments they made to their pension plans.
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved a request for reimbursement during their Monday evening meeting.
The $35,582 overpayment was only recently discovered, however with 6 percent annual interest over 16 years, the amount totals $45,600.
During the consolidation of the borough and township into the City of St. Marys, both police departments had their own distinct pension plans, the terms of which were not the same between them.
Every year in the spring, the City Street Department sweeps all the paved roads maintained by the city as well as 10 PennDOT roads. The roads are broken up into seven areas, generally completing one area a week, weather and equipment permitting. As time and weather permits, some streets are swept a second time. Throughout the summer, the main streets downtown are swept every other week. Generally the sweeping programs concludes the first week of October.
In the spring of 2011, Taylor Frank, her sister Carly, and siblings Rachael, Michael, and Daniel Paladino were planning a 5K run/walk in honor of their mothers, both of whom had recently succumbed to brain aneurysms. They wanted to hold the event the Saturday before Easter and, according to Taylor Frank, that original plan had it beginning and ending at her home.
"We thought only our friends and family would come," she said.
However, as word spread, more and more people began to register for the event.
The Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys held their annual Easter egg hunt for area youngsters on Saturday morning, and this year's event featured a venue change that brought it closer to the club itself.
On Monday at 11 a.m., Molly Quesenberry, 42, of St. Marys will take to the starting line of the Boston Marathon fulfilling a vow she made to return to the race.
"I feel like it's about going out there and supporting Boston, the victims, other runners and doing it for that reason and not really for myself. If you stay away and don't go back then you're giving in and that's what the people who did it want," Quesenberry said.
One year ago Quesenberry and her family experienced the terror of the bombings that killed three and injured nearly 260 spectators.