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September 24th, 2014
Avid readers may want to check an extra book or two out from the St. Marys Public Library before the end of the week as the facility will be shut down all next week so that new carpeting can be installed.
"We're going to be closed starting Monday, Sept. 29," said Director Leslie Swope.
The entire building will be closed to the public for that entire week, and the upstairs section of the library is expected to reopen the following Monday, Oct. 6.
In early August, five firefighting crews met in Harrisburg in preparation to fly to Redding, Calif. to assist with western fires caused by lighting strikes. Among them was Don Weis of St. Marys who works for the Elk State Forest Bureau of Forestry.
Weis was the assigned crew boss for a Central Appalachian area crew whose primary assignment was "mop-up," extinguishing burning or smoldering material after a fire has come through an area.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Bill Maiers, a game commissioner and current resident of Johnsonburg, was one of many east coast firefighters that was asked to help with the recent outbreak of wildfires on the west coast.
Maiers was selected among a pool of firefighters that spanned Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Wisconsin and several other eastern states.
"I've been pretty lucky to go out," Maiers said.
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved the condemnation and demolition of a house located at 441 Rightmeyer St.
A condemnation hearing took place prior to the start of council's Monday evening meeting. During the hearing Code Enforcement Officer Matt Young testified to the numerous property maintenance issues which have plagued the property since 2001.
Also testifying were Bill Kraus, Crystal Fire Department chief, and Mike Breindel, a nearby resident.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Ridgway Area School District's school board held a special meeting Tuesday, and going into the meeting, the only item on the agenda was the Ridgway Area Teachers Association's contract.
The teachers association has voted not to accept the recent offer from the school board, stating that the proposal "contained information [they] had never seen or discussed," according to a statement released by RATA.
The Elk County Recycling Center, Orro Fundraising and CAPSEA are teaming up throughout the month of October to kickstart a fundraiser to support CAPSEA's ongoing flood relief.
CAPSEA was one of many local businesses that sustained substantial damage during the flood that soaked the area on May 21.
CAPSEA alone suffered $35,000 in damages as a result of the flood, $15,000 of that total still has not been recovered at this point, according to CAPSEA's executive director, Billie Jo Weyant.
Since the inception of the state Route 255 construction project, many St. Marys residents have voiced their dissent about the removal of trees along the highway, however, a new project is in the works to beautify South St. Marys Street to its former glory.
Elk County Catholic High School's Future Business Leaders of America have embarked on the South St. Marys Street Beautification Project which was presented to City Council during their Monday evening meeting.
A luminary/prayer service will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Diamond in St. Marys to educate the public on the dangers of addiction.
The event, organized by Patty Greene of Kersey, was inspired by her late son, Daniel Titchner, who died May 18.
Speakers include St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard, Pastor Tim Hoover from First United Methodist Church, Greene, Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon, Alcohol & Drug Services Executive Director Heidi Stahlnecker, an anonymous recovering addict, St. Marys Police officer Anthony Pistner, and Father Ross Miceli.
RIDGWAY â€“ Robert Rocco, the current principal at the Brookville High School, is set to officially join the Ridgway Area School District as the superintendent on Oct. 27.
Rocco was hired as the new superintendent during a Sept. 13 RASD school board meeting, but the process to finalize his hiring and leave his current position delayed his start until late October.
Currently, he is in his 31st year serving within the education field, and he will join the RASD as a first-time superintendent.
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