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February 23rd, 2014

Fire at South St. Marys St. residence

February 24, 2014

ST. MARYS – Area emergency responders were dispatched shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday for a structure fire at 572 S. St. Marys St. in St. Marys.

February 21st

Penn Highlands announces rebranding

February 22, 2014

DuBOIS – Thomas Gasbarre, board chairman, announced Friday that in order to publicly solidify its network of services, Penn Highlands Healthcare will change the names and logos of its four hospitals to reflect the Penn Highlands brand.
The four campuses will be known as Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Clearfield, Penn Highlands DuBois and Penn Highlands Elk. Accompanying each new hospital name will be the logo utilized by the parent organization, Penn Highlands Healthcare.

Program highlights sisters' service to the community

February 22, 2014

A part of Sunday's Community Celebration honoring the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County is a detailed program featuring a listing of each of the 281 sisters who served at St. Joseph Monastery throughout its 162-year history.
Those attending the service will receive a small 15-page program complete with vespers service details, program information and listings of each sister who served in St. Marys, their date of birth and death if applicable, locations of where they transferred and additional monastery information.

New child care facility making headway

February 22, 2014

Samantha Beaver Family Child Care, a child care facility run by Samantha Beaver, 27, of Ridgway, recently opened its doors in November of 2013. She operates the facility in conjunction with Darlene Beaver, who has over 35 years in childcare experience and is currently in the process of attaining an associates degree in child development.

February 20th

Fire dept. activity report presented to council

February 21, 2014

The Crystal Fire Department continues to maintain a superior level of fire protection for residents of St. Marys as well as outlying areas as reported by Fire Chief Bill Kraus during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting.
The overall average response time for incidents last year was just over six minutes, with their quickest responses being five minutes, This indicates the time from pager activation until the first unit's arrival on scene.

New Jay Twp. ordinance to be voted next month

February 21, 2014

WEEDVILLE – A new outdoor furnace ordinance for Jay Township will be advertised this month.
The previously drafted ordinance had been amended to state that an outdoor furnace must be 50 feet from any property line and 300 feet from any residence not served by the outdoor ordinance.

Icy roads prove challenging

February 21, 2014

Bus No. 99 encountered icy roadways on Thursday, at approximately 8 a.m., as it attempted to travel its regular route on East Condot Road in St. Marys. Observers report that as the bus crested the hill it began to slide down the road backwards eventually spinning perpendicular, blocking the road. The front end of the bus was stopped by a snow bank on the edge of a resident's front yard, narrowly missing a mailbox. The back end of the bus traveled off the road, lodging in a small wooded area.

February 19th

City looking for input with cable TV contract

February 19, 2014

St. Marys City Council approved for City Manager Dave Greene and Solicitor Tom Wagner to represent the city during upcoming contract negotiations with Zito Media. A new contract between the two entities will begin in January 2015.
"It will take about a year to get negotiations together," Greene said.
Greene said the company recently ran new cables in a recent effort to improve the cable television reception at City Hall.

City proclaims Feb. 23 in Benedictine Sisters honor

February 19, 2014

The City of St. Marys has declared Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 as "Honoring the Benedictine Sisters of St. Joseph Monastery Day."
The proclamation, approved by members of City Council, reads that "in celebration of their presence in our community, their significant contributions, their prayerful witness, and their encouragement to our citizenry on the pilgrim journey."

February 18th

County to purchase new phone system

February 19, 2014

RIDGWAY – Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve a five-year deal with Zito Media for the purchase of a new phone system.
According to Jim Abbey, director of the county's IT department, the switchover will do wonders and provide a higher level of service.
"We decided we wanted to go with a voice over IP system and we'll be able to save money almost immediately," Abbey said. "The return on the investment will probably be about two years, two and a half years tops."
The current phone system utilized by the county recently hit its end-of-life date as well.

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