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September 15th, 2014

Panel addresses transporting firearms

September 15, 2014

Transporting a firearm across state lines is a tricky situation to navigate although any violations could have serious consequences and fines according to information presented at a recent concealed carry permit seminar.
Firearm reciprocity agreements were just one of the many topics covered at the event hosted by state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield).

Sod being put in place at Berwind Park

September 15, 2014

As part of the ongoing work on the infield at Berwind Park, new sod was being put in place on Monday afternoon. The Crystal Fire Department also assisted with the project by helping water the sod after it was put in place.

September 14th

Fox Twp. playground project receives go-ahead

September 14, 2014

The Fox Township Elementary School playground project received the official go-ahead as the project was approved by the St. Marys Area School District board of directors.
The overall cost of the project estimated at approximately $68,130
The project proposal includes a cost to the district of $38,130.
In addition the Fox Township Elementary Playground Fund account is to be used for expenditures from the general fund of up to $38,130 and for future Fox Township PTO funds.
The school's playground organizing committee anticipates they can raise $30,000 by the end of the current school year.

Snelick reflects on time as pool manager

September 14, 2014

The end of the 2014 summer season also marked the end of an era at the St. Marys Community Pool as longtime pool manager Greg Snelick retired following more than 20 years of service at the facility.
Snelick got his start at the pool in the late 1980s as the assistant to Jim Wortman, who was the pool manager at the time. Wortman eventually stepped away from that position, which resulted in Snelick taking over. He remained manager for more than 20 years before deciding that this summer would be his last.

Skellen's art exhibition draws large crowd

September 14, 2014

Ridgway Area High School teacher Richard Skellen currently has a exhibition being displayed in the Elk County Council on the Arts gallery along Main Street in Ridgway.
The exhibition, titled "Recollections, Remarks, and Reveries: Collective Works of Artist Richard Skellen," had its opening reception at the ECCOTA gallery from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, and the exhibition will continue to be displayed in the ECCOTA gallery until Sept. 26.

September 12th

School board addresses class size issue

September 12, 2014

In response to parental concern about the first grade class size at Fox Township Elementary School, Principal Noel Petrosky managed to lessen the burden on the classroom teacher by re-writing schedules.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors reported the parents were pleased with the solution.
The class enrollment is currently 29 compared to the previous 31 students estimated to be the initial class size at the start of the school year.

Former Elk County resident pens novel

September 12, 2014

A former Ridgway resident who now resides in Texas has published a new historical fiction novel that is based in Elk County.
Joe Bliskey released his new novel on Aug. 6, 2014, which is titled "Muted Echoes" and is available at Cliffe's & the Prescription Center and the Johnsonburg Library.
Bliskey's new book is set in Elk County during the 1940s because the conflict of the story would only work in the setting that was present in Elk County during the World War II era.

September 11th

Kane woman accepts plea deal in 6-fatality crash

September 11, 2014

SMETHPORT – A Kane woman charged in a horrific 6-fatality traffic accident last year has accepted a plea agreement that suggests a minimum sentence of 11 1/2 years in prison.
Kathy Douglas, 37, entered the plea Thursday before Senior Judge William F. Morgan at the McKean County Courthouse.
The judge set sentencing for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the courthouse. Morgan said he as the "sentencing judge" is not bound by the proposed terms in the agreement, which sets the maximum sentence of 22 1/2 years. 

Firearms seminar addresses several issues

September 11, 2014

KERSEY – A sizable crowd of inquiring residents gathered Thursday evening for a concealed carry permit seminar hosted by state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) at the Red Fern Banquet Hall.
Facts about Pennsylvania's concealed carry laws, Castle Doctrine and right to bear arms were the focus of the seminar, although numerous other subjects were discussed as part of the question and answer event format such as reciprocity agreements with other states, keeping an updated firearm inventory, and transporting and transferring ownership of firearms.

Jury finds Buehler not guilty on charges

September 11, 2014

RIDGWAY – A jury found Krisha Lynn Buehler, 33, not guilty on charges of endangering welfare of children and corruption of minors at Elk County Court on Thursday.
Buehler, who was represented by attorney James L. Martin, was charged with allegedly providing her son, 13, with marijuana to smoke on Jan. 1 at the Krouse residence in Wilcox.
"I never gave any kid any marijuana," Buehler said on the witness stand. "I believe this was instigated by his father."

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