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January 22nd, 2015

LIFT to present assistive technology demonstrations

January 22, 2015

Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) presents 'Within Your Reach,' a new program on assistive technology for people with disabilities. If you think assistive technology is out of your reach, this is your opportunity to get firsthand knowledge and assistance on obtaining assistive technology to enhance your independence and allow you to live the lifestyle you desire.
LIFT will be holding its device demonstrations at the Johnsonburg Public Library on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. and the St. Marys Public Library on Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend these events.

Memorial Field concerns addressed by board

January 22, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Memorial Field in Johnsonburg is in need of repairs after it was discovered that the press box is moving away from the stands, and is in danger of ending up in the middle of West Center Street.
"The way it is moving, it is going to end up out in the middle of the road," said Joe Gilmore, JASD maintenance head. "It's already moved I'd say over two inches away from the stands. It's falling towards the road."
Gilmore added it is a safety issue which will need addressed regardless of whether or not the field is utilized.

January 21st

Rendezvous event around the corner

January 22, 2015

RIDGWAY – The candles are lit for the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to celebrate its sweet 16th birthday.
A small backyard gathering has since evolved into a large community event with roughly 200 carvers attending every year along with thousands of attendees perusing the extraordinary artwork created in downtown Ridgway.

Ridgway Elks hosting ball in February

January 22, 2015

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Elks Lodge #872 is set to host its 44th annual Cerebral Palsy Ball Saturday, Feb. 7 at The Royal Inn in Ridgway in support of Pennsylvania's Elks Home Care Program.
The Elks Home Care Program is designed to offer free help to families of children that suffer from any developmental disabilities.
The Elks Home Care Program started in 1963 with a single unit in Westmoreland County, but since then it has grown to cover the entire state with a staff of 24 registered nurses.

Figures show JASD general fund nearly bankrupt

January 21, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Without a major influx in revenue, the Johnsonburg Area School District's general fund may run out within a matter of a few years.
"I'd say we are three years from this thing being belly up without something major happening," said Robert Paladino, JASD school board president at a JASD school board budget workshop on Tuesday.

January 20th

Howard questions possible tax decrease

January 20, 2015

RIDGWAY – St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard on Tuesday morning questioned Elk County Commissioners on the possibility of a county tax decrease due to projected future windfalls from Act 13 impact fee funds.
The impact fee “specifically provides for the imposition of an unconventional well fee by county (or alternatively municipalities compelling the imposition of an unconventional well fee),” according to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.

Reports details mayor and manager's activities

January 20, 2015

The Cobblestone Hotel Group stated the projected opening of the new downtown St. Marys hotel is to take place during the second quarter of 2015, most likely by the end of June.
They noted that weather has slowed down the construction process.
The Cobblestone Hotel and Suites is a three-story hotel consisting of 64 rooms and will be situated on the corner of Fourth and Depot streets.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in June with the anticipated opening slated for February, however the project has faced delays caused by bidding issues, permitting and weather.

County says no to $5 registration add-on

January 20, 2015

RIDGWAY – County officials announced Tuesday morning that they will not solicit a $5 increase on car registration fees in Elk County.
Vehicle registration fees are already scheduled to increase from $36 to $38 by 2017 in accordance with the most recent state budget. From there, future increases will reportedly be tied to inflation. The state budget plan also allowed for counties to implement a $5 car registration fee.

January 19th

Council receives input on smoke testing, gas ordinance

January 19, 2015

St. Marys City Council received input on several items during their Monday evening meeting. Among them were the initial results of the smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines conducted over the summer and an update of the draft of the city's oil and gas ordinance.
St. Marys GIS Coordinator Travis Skrzype reported a total of 668 sources of inflow and infiltration were identified, 399 of which were private sources such as roof drains and yard drains.
The remaining 269 sources are on public property and include catch basins, cleanouts, and other collection system issues.

City's newest police officer introduced to Council

January 19, 2015

St. Marys City Police Chief Todd Caltagarone introduced the city's newest police officer, Andrew Nero, during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting.
Nero joined the city police department full-time in Jan. 12.
Born and raised in St. Marys, Nero is a graduate of St. Marys Area High School.

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