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April 22nd, 2015

North Central offering region specific professional training

April 22, 2015

RIDGWAY – During Wednesday's full board of directors meeting for the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, Susie Snelick, North Central's Workforce Investment Board director, spoke about a wide range of training sessions that North Central will be rolling out to meet the region's specific workforce development needs.
North Central has begun putting on training sessions in the area through its JOBS! Initiative after receiving a $425,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Pa. Jobs1st Initiative.

St. Marys woman injured in Kane crash

April 22, 2015

KANE – A St. Marys woman was injured Wednesday in one of two rear-end traffic collisions in Kane.
Kane Borough Police Chief Heath Boyer identified the injured woman as Christina Canella, a driver of one of the vehicles involved in the wrecks.
An ambulance transported Canella to Kane Community Hospital for treatment of a back injury, police said.
Canella was driving north on Route 321 from Wilcox when she stopped at the stop sign at Biddle Street (Route 6) Wednesday afternoon to make a right turn onto Biddle Street.

April 21st

Chamber's annual dinner to feature vintage-era singing trio

April 21, 2015

The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 1940s USO Canteen themed event for their annual dinner featuring entertainment by The Manhattan Dolls, a swing-style female vocal trio who perform their shows in the style of the Andrew Sisters.
"We like to bring in new entertainment each year," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
She noted last year the Chamber's dinner featured singing impressionist Eric Kearns from Allentown, performing his Voices of Legends show, and people enjoyed it immensely therefore O'Dell said the Chamber chose to bring in another live music act.

Power lines down on E. Race Street Tuesday

April 21, 2015

Following a windy day that included gusts up to 27 miles per hour, a tree near East Race Street fell Tuesday evening, knocking down power lines.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) responded as a small crowd gathered in Luhr Park along Chestnut Street.

Byrnedale house destroyed in fire

April 21, 2015

BYRNEDALE – Area firefighters responded late Tuesday afternoon for a structure fire at a house in Byrnedale.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township Fire Department), Elk Company 5 (Jay Township Fire Department) and Bennetts Valley Ambulance were called out at 3:55 p.m. to 14 Kennedy St., Byrnedale for a reported structure fire.
Initial reports indicated there was a fire on the first floor with smoke coming from the windows.

Forest officers warn of invasive pests

April 21, 2015

RIDGWAY – Forest service officers continue to raise awareness on the suppression of the emerald ash borer and wooly adelgid populations throughout the Allegheny National Forest.
The emerald ash borer, an exotic wood boring beetle native to Asia, attacks all species of North American ash trees. ANF officials anticipate a "near total loss" of ash trees across the ANF as there are no "effective landscape scale treatment options" for emerald ash borer.

Resolution passes as business seeks expansion

April 21, 2015

RIDGWAY – Allegheny Coatings of Ridgway, also known as Diversified Coatings, is in the process of expanding its business.
At a meeting Tuesday morning, the county board of commissioners green-lighted a resolution to approve the issuance of two notes by the Elk County Industrial Development Authority in connection with the business's project.
Wayne Gerhold, a Pittsburgh-based attorney specializing in government approval work for various types of financing, including financing sponsored by the Elk County Industrial Development Authority, was on hand Tuesday to explain the requirements.

Hiring issues regarding Veterans Affairs office position explained

April 21, 2015

RIDGWAY – County officials on Tuesday morning addressed repeated inquires regarding a recent hire made in the Veterans Affairs office.
Following the retirement of Jenny Richards, the former assistant in the county VA office, the board of commissioners and VA Director Leslie Neal reviewed well over 100 applications before hiring Lana Vendur.
Fred Peters, a volunteer for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the county's Rides for Vets program, publicly questioned the hire of a non-veteran Tuesday morning toward the end of an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting.

April 20th

Council silent on Early Intervention Program report

April 20, 2015

St. Marys City Council remained silent during a call to vote on the final
St. Marys Early Intervention Program (EIP) report during their meeting on Monday evening.
No motion was made on the agenda topic signifying council does not accept the final report conducted in June by the Cincinnati, Ohio-based Novak Group.
The EIP was an $80,000 study conducted to assist municipalities experiencing fiscal difficulties to develop comprehensive multi-year financial plans and establish short- and long-term financial objectives.

Elk County officials team up to protect victims' rights

April 20, 2015

RIDGWAY – From the moment a crime is committed through any court proceedings with possible jail time associated with the crime, numerous individuals within Elk County are tasked with respecting and defending victims' rights.
As Sunday marked the beginning of National Victims' Rights Awareness Week, some of the men and women responsible for protecting victims' rights in Elk County discussed their roles in the issue and the challenges they face in fulfilling that role.

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