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May 14th, 2015
RIDGWAY TWP. â€“ The Ridgway-based state police report investigating a DUI crash that occurred Thursday morning at approximately 4:55 a.m. on state Route 219 near Boot Jack Auto in Ridgway Township.
A known 59-year-old male was reportedly traveling south on SR 219 in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway.
Police say the truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment, overturning and coming to rest on its roof.
Damage from a recent plane accident at the St. Marys Municipal Airport has resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in damages.
The accident occurred as Preston Hoopes, 35, of Ulysses attempted to start his Cessna 182 airplane by turning the front propellor when the plane suddenly started and veered out of control after traveling several feet crashing into the airport's front office and striking support beams of the second floor West Wind Restaurant.
As today marks National Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day, many are unaware of the motor speech disorder which leaves children struggling to find their voice.
Among those are 4-year-old Maria Surra of St. Marys who was diagnosed with moderate to severe childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) at age 3.
"Our Maria is a vibrant, bright, happy, little girl that just cannot express in words what she is feeling and thinking," said her mother, Kelli Surra.
Although Maria knows what she wants to say, her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to verbalize those words.
KERSEY â€“ The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission hosted a celebratory breakfast on Wednesday to recognize the 17 local businesses that were selected as finalists for the 2015 Governorâ€™s ImPAct Awards from the north central region.
The local businesses were selected by partners within North Centralâ€™s PREP (Partnerships for Regional Economic Development) network for the impact that they have on the north central region, which includes Elk, Cameron, McKean, Jefferson, Potter and Clearfield counties.
Repairs to address foundation issues with Decker's Chapel will soon be underway.
The Stackpole-Hall Foundation will fund a $10,000 grant to cover the expenses to fix the foundation which has shifted over time due to a number of issues including lack of drainage and harsh winter conditions. The funding announcement was made Tuesday morning.
Built in 1856, the chapel was gifted to the Elk County Historical Society in 1990 by the Schneider family. It was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
A shed and garage were damaged Tuesday afternoon along Woodland Road in St. Marys.
According to reports, an unnamed resident inadvertently started the blaze after dropping an empty bag of charcoal which had accidentally caught fire. The flaming bag reportedly caught the hedges on fire, which then spread to the garage and shed.
The initial call was listed at 118 Woodland Rd., however it was the garage and shed located at 116 Woodland Rd. that sustained damage.
St. Marys Area High School junior Coby Gardner was recognized for his state champion title as part of the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania State Leadership and Skill Conference where students compete in technical and leadership fields. Gardner captured first place in technical drafting, beating out nine other contestants.
KERSEY â€“ At the recent Fox Township Supervisors meeting the board approved a dust oil bid, numerous reports, correspondence items, and various reports.
Roadmaster Randy Gradizzi said paving is set to begin soon in the township. Roads impacted will include a portion of Green Road, Byrnedale Road and Squab Hollow Road entrance. Some roads are also receiving a base repair scratch topping.
A bid for 20,000 gallons of MC70 dust oil was approved at a cost of $2.60/gallon from Jefferson Paving.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Ridgway Area School District may add another sport to its list of cooperative sports agreements as the district is working with the St. Marys Area School District to create a swimming co-op between the two districts.
RASD superintendent Robert Rocco spoke about the possible co-op during Tuesday's RASD school board meeting, saying that he reached out to the SMASD and determined that the district was open to the idea of a swimming co-op.
Crystal Fire Department responded to a garage fire shortly before 4 p.m. along Woodland Road in St. Marys. More information will be available in the Wednesday edition.