Archive - 2014 - News Article
Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond not only provided a way for area residents to honor or remember loved ones whose lives had been touched by addiction, but it also gave them the opportunity to hear from individuals from a variety of areas within the community who were there to share their stories and talk about efforts to combat the issue locally.
St. Marys mayor Bob Howard acted as the master of ceremonies, and he began the evening by welcoming the sizable crowd that gathered on the Diamond around 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
Addiction impacts more than just the individuals suffering from it, and during Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond, two mothers shared their stories of what it was like to lose their children because of the disease.
One, Patty Greene, lost her son to his own addiction. The other, Cindy O'Leary, lost her daughter due to the addiction of another.
A group of over 40 people, most consisting of South St. Marys Street residents, were on hand Sunday evening for a brief meeting about efforts to restore the roadway to its former appearance, complete with a tree lined entrance to the city prior to the removal of a majority of the roadway's trees due to the massive state Route 255 re-construction project.
While the overall cost of the project may cost between $20,000-$50,000, the estimated amount is about $25,000.
Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon was one of the featured speakers during the Luminary Service on the Diamond Saturday evening, an event held to honor or remember those who have been impacted by addiction.
As district attorney, McMahon sees individuals battling various addictions pass through the criminal justice system on a regular basis.
In addition to hearing from those whose lives have been impacted by addiction, and the individuals who lead the enforcement effort against it, Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond also featured some brief commentary from one of the individuals whose job is to provide assistance to those suffering from addiction.
Heidi Stahlnecker, Executive Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., stressed to those in attendance that addiction impacts individuals from all walks of life regardless of factors such as race or economic status.
During the comments portion of a recent St. Marys City Council meeting, several topics were touched upon by council members.
Earlier in the meeting, councilman Greg Gebauer inquired about a expenditure of just over $11,000 for landscaping.
The cost was for new shrubs planted throughout downtown including in front of City Hall, on the island across from the movie theatre, at the 'Welcome to St. Marys' sign on the boulevard and around the diamond.
Gebauer asked if this cost was budgeted for, to which City Manager Dave Greene replied it is not.
On Friday evening the Trout Run Road area was aglow as part of the Let Your Bow Glow 5K race/walk. Nearly 500 participants donned a variety of glow in the dark items from hair pieces and headbands, scarves necklaces and bracelets to leg warmers and shoelaces.
Shown are participants taking off at the starting line of the Let Your Bow Glow race/walk, dubbed "the moonlight fight against cancer".
RIDGWAY â€“ President Judge Richard A. Masson decided two probation revocation hearings Friday afternoon.
Joshua Ivan Hakes, 28, of St. Marys, was sentenced to two to five years of incarceration for a probation violation that resulted in a drug bust.
It was alleged that on May 12, during a probation visit to 407 Rightmeyer St., Hakes was found to be in violation of probation by having in his possession a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a variety of smoking pipes and drug paraphernalia and several jars containing the drug bath salts.
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ST. MARYS â€“ Workers at West Penn Power in St. Marys have been working without a contract since May 2014, and alleged unfair labor practices could cause a work stoppage according to Local 102 union President Robert Whalen.
The West Penn Workers have been working under the terms of the previous contract which ended in May 2013, but was extended until May of 2014. West Penn Power and the union were unable to reach an agreement before the contract ended in May, and the workers have been working without a contract since.