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April 12th, 2015

Coal room ignites in Rosely Rd. home

April 12, 2015

An explosion in a coal room of a Rosely Road home late Saturday morning damaged a residence in St. Marys.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and St. Marys Ambulance were called out at 11:22 a.m. Saturday to 1366 Rosely Rd. for what 911 dispatchers described as an explosion at the residence.

State Route 120 first used by Native Americans

April 12, 2015

The earliest makings of what is now state Route 120 (SR 120) was a trail used by North American Indians to cross the continental divide between the Susquehanna and Allegheny rivers, according to the Elk County Historical Society.
The western Pennsylvania section of the trail would have been established by the Erie tribe, a sub tribe of Indians who spoke the Iroquoian language but were destroyed and dispersed by the northern Iroquois for helping refugees from the enemy of the Iroquois, the Huron Indians, during the Beaver Wars, a battle over hunting grounds for the fur trade.

April 10th

Benefit performance demonstrates outpouring of support

April 10, 2015

A packed audience was in attendance Friday evening in the Ridgway Area High School auditorium for the "Elk County Performs for Chloe" benefit performance.

April designated as National Donate Life month

April 10, 2015

Currently, 123,000 men, women and children are on the waiting list to receive a life-saving organ transplant with a new name added to that list every 10 minutes. Each day at least 18 people will die without receiving an organ.
These surprising statistics and the topic of organ donation may not often be discussed among families, however, it is the goal of organizations like the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) to raise awareness of the issue.

Library accepting Food for Fines next week

April 10, 2015

The St. Marys Public Library will be holding its annual Food for Fines program next week, April 13-18, as part of National Library Week. The popular program has been held for a number of years.
Through Food for Fines, library patrons who owe fines because of overdue items can bring in nonperishable food items to have those fines reduced or eliminated entirely.
"If people have any current fines, for every canned food item they bring in we'll take $1 worth of fines off of their account," said Leslie Swope, director of the St. Marys Public Library.

April 9th

Women's Social Spring Bash set for April 22

April 9, 2015

The Elk County Women's Social Spring Bash presented by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is set for Wednesday, April 22 in the wine cellar of Gunner's in downtown St. Marys.
"It's a great girls' night out. It's an excuse to get out and do something fun," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
This year the Winery at Wilcox is offering wine samplings. In addition each attendee will receive a small gift with an Earth Day theme as well as chances to win assorted door prizes.

Youngsters gather for Chorus Fest

April 9, 2015

On Thursday evening, 150 students from 12 schools throughout the region performed at St. Marys Area High School as part of the Elementary IU9 Chorus Fest.
The chorus included fifth and sixth grade students from throughout Intermediate Unit 9 (IU9).
Christopher Gankosky, SMAHS band director, acted as the guest conductor for the event. He was joined by Johnsonburg Elementary School music teacher Laura Kleppinger as the guest accompanist on piano.

Exemptions a hot topic at Jay Twp. Sewer Authority

April 9, 2015

JAY TWP. – Several Jay Township residents expressed contention with nonprofits being exempt from the Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU) charge for sewage.
"No one should be exempt, because that cost gets passed to the rest of us," Christine Gavazzi said at Thursday night's sewer authority meeting.
A Jay Township ordinance defines an EDU as "the average amount of wastewater generated in a normal calendar day by a single family dwelling as from time to time determined by the Commonwealth." The current rate for a single EDU is $48.50 and is billed as a standard charge before consumption.

April 8th

Council approves park project, parking request

April 8, 2015

St. Marys City Council has approved a bid for a reconstruction project at Memorial Park as well as a request for free parking from the American Red Cross.
The project includes work on the park's basketball courts.
The lowest bid received was awarded to St. Marys Paving for $126,838. This includes the base bid for the courts at $119,544 plus additional paving at a cost of $7,294.
Also submitting a bid was Dave Roman Excavating of Reynoldsville for $154,661.

EMA progressing with setting up operations center

April 8, 2015

Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Tim Pearson said he hopes renovations to the basement of City Hall are completed in May.
The renovations would allow the area to be used as an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in case of any major incidents that occur in St. Marys such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, biological incidents or large scale events.

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