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July 25th, 2012

Shawmut also plagued by high operating costs

July 25, 2012

Editor's note: This is the second part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Pittsburg, Shawmut, & Northern Railroad.
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During a recent presentation on the history of the Pittsburg, Shawmut, and Northern Railorad, local historian Ray Beimel discussed the high operating costs that plagued the business.
According to Beimel, the main purpose of the railroad was to haul coal, and a branch known as the Kersey Railroad was also formed to transport coal from the mines located in Byrnedale and Force.

July 24th

Milliards charged with multiple counts of arson

July 24, 2012

RIDGWAY – A joint investigation between the Pennsylvania State Police at the Ridgway barracks and the Ridgway Borough Police Department has resulted in the arrest of Francis "Tony" Milliard, 54, and Anthony Milliard, 28, both of Ridgway.
Francis Milliard was apprehended on felony arrest warrants for multiple counts of arson, criminal mischief, and recklessly endangering another person, charges related to a May 30 fire at the residence of Pauline Smith, 521 West Main St. in Ridgway Township.
Anthony Milliard was also charged as a co-defendant in the matter.

Dickinson Center, Inc. relocating

July 24, 2012

With Dickinson Center, Inc. just days away from unveiling its new 28,200-square-foot facility located at 43 Servidea Drive along Route 219 in Ridgway Township, Dickinson CEO Jack Goga explained the motives and incentives behind the new $4.1 million facility.
Groundbreaking at the site took place in October 2011 and according to the DMHC website, the construction is ahead of schedule. As a result, DMHC programs to be housed within the new facility are scheduled to begin their relocations as soon as Aug. 1, with the process continuing through Aug. 9.

Youngsters take part in Benzinger Park Activity Day

July 24, 2012

Warm weather and abundant sunshine on Tuesday morning made for nice conditions for Activity Day at Benzinger Park. This year's 35th annual event got under way at 10 a.m. and, according to Park Director John Schneider, saw a turnout of between 60 and 70 participants.
"We'd like to see it (participation) a little bit more, but we're happy that we have the turnout that we have," Schneider said.
While the event was open to youth between the ages of four and 15 years old, Schneider noted that the majority of attendees were actually four through 12 years old.

July 23rd

Conservation District receives appreciation award

July 23, 2012

The Elk County Conservation District was recognized for its 50 years of service during a two-day annual joint conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts and the State Conservation Commission.
District Manager Steve Putt reported attending a conference held in Scranton on July 9 and 10 to accept the Award of Appreciation.
"At the conference they recognized a few districts, including us," Putt said. "This is our 50th anniversary, so they gave us this certificate to honor those 50 years."

Pittsburg, Shawmut, & Northern Railroad got its start in St. Marys

July 23, 2012

According to local historian Ray Beimel, the Pittsburg, Shawmut, and Northern Railroad "in a sense started in St. Marys."
Beimel recently discussed the railroad's history during a presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center, explaining that the railroad was used to transport coal from mines in Elk County to communities in upstate New York.
"Kaul and Hall built a railroad that ran from St. Marys to a place called Hyde, which is outside of Brockway, and the whole point of that was to haul coal from the mines at Brandy Camp and that area and bring it up to St. Marys," Beimel said.

Butterfly release for hospice coming up

July 23, 2012

A poignant ceremony that offers area residents the opportunity to honor someone special will again be held by Community Nurses, Inc.
The Community Nurses Butterfly Release for Hospice will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at The Serenity Garden, behind the organization's building on the campus of Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys. The general public is invited to the release, which allows area residents to honor their loved ones and benefits the Community Nurses' Hospice program.

Gennocro reflects on winning state championship

July 23, 2012

On May 26 at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium, St. Marys Area High School's Adair Gennocro joined the ranks of the PIAA state champions as she claimed her first career title in the PIAA Class-AA girls' 3200-meter run.
Gennocro, who will begin her senior year at SMAHS in the fall, recently reflected upon the race and what it is like being a state champion. She is the first SMAHS athlete to win a state championship in track and field. Her photo will eventually hang in the foyer of the school along with that of Jeff Foster, who won a state championship in cross country in 1973.

July 22nd

Legion baseball to switch to wooden bats in 2013

July 22, 2012

ST. MARYS - With Pennsylvania American Legion baseball teams set to switch to using wooden bats starting next year, Region 8 Director Denny Haberberger decided to take advantage of the Region 8 Tournament's close proximity to Brookville and invite sales representatives from BWP Bats, LLC to Berwind Park on Sunday to show off some of their bats and answer questions from teams from throughout the region. BWP Bats is located in Brookville, off of Exit 86 along Interstate 80.
Haberberger indicated that he plans to encourage teams to use the company as a supplier next season.

Berteri addresses CENTAX concerns in Jay Twp.

July 22, 2012

Elk County Tax Collection Committee (ETCC) member Dave Berteri addressed attendees at Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors regarding the calamitous contractual default of CENTAX, the firm employed by the county to collect and distribute earned income tax (EIT) monies following the passage of the state's Act 32, as well as the steps to be taken in moving forward.

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