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April 9th, 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.
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.
JAY TWP. â€“ 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.
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.
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.
One hundred fifty years ago today marked the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, and while celebrations and reenactments have been taking place in honor of that occasion, as well as other key moments from throughout the Civil War, there were several people with ties to St. Marys who experienced those events firsthand.
According to local historian Ray Beimel, there were at least 105 people with ties to the community who served in the Civil War.
A blood drive scheduled to be held by the American Red Cross at the Moose Club Lodge along Erie Avenue Wednesday got underway several hours behind schedule due to an issue that necessitated equipment being sent to the site from the Red Cross facility in Buffalo, N.Y.
According to Tracey Wood, American Red Cross account manager for Elk, McKean, Cameron, Potter, and southern Cattaraugus County in New York, the blood drive, which was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., was only able to get underway around 12:30 p.m. It continued until 4 p.m., its normally scheduled conclusion.
RIDGWAY â€“ A Homestead man pleaded guilty before Judge Richard A. Masson Monday afternoon for charges related to a September 2014 heroin trafficking bust.
Justin Westin, 26, of Homestead, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to one to five years of incarceration in state prison. As Westin had no prior record score, he is eligible for the recidivism risk reduction incentive, which means he could be paroled after nine months.
Forming a fully operational parking authority for 2016 was proposed by councilman Ned Jacob during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council work session.
The new parking authority would be different from past parking authorities as it would allocate revenue received from metered parking, permits and parking violations, which is currently placed into the city's general fund.
RIDGWAY â€“Â After reaching out to county officials Tuesday morning regarding the well-documented foundation issues with Decker's Chapel in St. Marys, progress appears to have been made after a followup afternoon meeting at the site.
Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg met with Charlie Steger, a contractor who runs a local masonry company with extensive expertise in historical masonry.