Archive - 2014 - News Article
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission met Wednesday morning and the quality of the area's workforce was a main point of discussion for the attending committee members.
The discussion centered around a growing problem in the area, employers are looking for employees, but many available employees are not able to pass a drug test to gain employment.
"This issue is a cultural and societal issue," Executive Director Eric Bridges said during the meeting. "There is a potential demonization of people that suffer from these diseases."
The East Branch Dam Safety Initiative took a step forward Wednesday as a multi-million bid was awarded for the construction of the East Branch cutoff wall rehabilitation project.
Layne Christensen Co. of Ruther Glen, Va. was awarded the $132,504,348 contract by the Department of the Army. The company specializes in water management, construction and drilling.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex building in Ridgway to further discuss plans for a new recycling facility, as well as new recycling options in the county.
The authority discussed options for several types of recyclable items that have been frequently asked about by residents. Many residents asked about recycling tires, which the authority does in the spring.
With the prominence of drug use throughout the area, City of St. Marys Police officers are working with youngsters as part of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in helping students learn to make better life choices.
D.A.R.E. is conducted in sixth grade classes at St. Marys Catholic and St. Marys Area middle schools. Last year the program reached a total of 243 students.
Weekly classes start in January after Christmas break and continue until March for a 10-week time period.
In recent years funding has been sporadic for the program.
Three St. Marys residents are charged in a robbery and theft that allegedly occurred on Friday, Aug. 22 at around 9 p.m. at 430 N. St. Marys St.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim reported that four individuals wearing black clothing with their faces covered entered his apartment through the back door that was open. An investigation led to the arrests of Andrew Krewduk, 24, Faith Gagliardi, 21 and Savannah Satterwhite, 47.
Police are seeking the public's help in locating Dustin Allen Courteau, of 543 Chestnut Street.
The Elk County Sheriff's Department cooled off on a hot summer afternoon for a good cause.
The department took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Monday afternoon at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds to help support the ALS Association.
The challenge wasn't just a way to cool off as the department donated $250 to the ALS Association.
The department was nominated by members of the Pennsylvania Sheriff's Association for the challenge and had the assistance of the Ridgway Fire Department and Ridgway Sheetz.
The 2014-2015 school year begins on Tuesday, and as part of a new endeavor to make faculty, staff, students, and visitors more cognizant of the fragrances of products they use and how those odors impact those around them, the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS) has adopted a new Scent-Free Environment Policy.
ECCSS President Sam MacDonald explained that the policy came about due to an increasing number of individuals within the school system experiencing reactions to certain scented products.
Retention pond upkeep, emergency management update, airport wish list, and a City Manager's report were all items discussed recently by St. Marys City Council.
Councilman Greg Gebauer mentioned the new PennDOT installed retention ponds are not done yet and already have weeds in them about four feet high with sunflowers growing on them. He speculated when PennDOT is finished with that portion of the project the weeds are likely to be over six feet tall. These are weeds from the dirt already placed in the pond.
Summer is officially over â€“ at least as far as the St. Marys Community Pool is concerned. The pool officially closed for the year on Sunday evening, ending a summer season that did not got exactly as hoped, at least in terms of the weather.
Sitting at one of the picnic tables in the pool's snack bar area just after 2 p.m., outgoing pool manager Greg Snelick watched as only a handful of people enjoyed an afternoon at the pool for the final time this summer.
During a recent City Council work session, a proposal was introduced to create a budget line item for the next three years to set aside a small amount of funds to prepare for St. Marys 175th anniversary in 2017.
According to Councilmen Ned Jacob, who suggested the idea, the funds would be utilized to help with any parade, carnival or festival which may take place.
Councilwoman Sally Geyer voiced her complete opposition to the idea.
"That should be up to the committee that is going to do that not up to council in 2014," Geyer said.