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February 26th, 2012
During 2011, the Crystal Fire Department responded to 276 incidents, an increase of 14 from the previous year, according to Bill Kraus, fire chief, during a recent City Council meeting where he presented the organization's annual fire report.
"Out of the 277 calls, we only had seven fires," Kraus said. "When people are in trouble, they call the guys in the big red trucks. We don't have a problem with those calls."
In 2011, there were 114 general alarms, 60 public service calls, 40 investigations, 39 rescue calls and 23 training events.
The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce presented "A Night at the Races" on Saturday evening as part of their annual dinner. Attendees gathered inside the Red Fern, which was transformed into a horse racetrack in conjunction with the event's theme.
Editor's note: This is the tenth and final part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding items in the society's collection related to winter throughout the community's early history.
While old photographs can showcase many common activities and sights from winters throughout the community's history, local historian Ray Beimel explained during the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township's recent banquet that not every picture is as it appears.
RIDGWAY - Ridgway Area High School Music Director Theresa Morley-Palmer is looking for residents to open up their hearts and their homes and volunteer to house two more students during the regional choir competition.
As a host family, volunteers would provide a place for students to sleep on March 7, 8 and 9, a shower, a breakfast and a ride to and from school at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
According to Palmer, 160 students from 53 schools will be coming to Ridgway Area High School to audition for a chance to compete in the State Music Festival in Lancaster in April.
Area residents will have the opportunity to hear quality live music on Saturday, March 3, when country bands The Kentucky Headhunters and Confederate Railroad will be perform at a community concert at the St. Marys High School auditorium.
The concert, sponsored by St. Marys Auto Body, is being held to give area residents a fun, affordable, family-friendly night out, according to St. Marys Auto Body owner and concert organizer Sandy Buerk.
Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson spoke to area residents at Gunner's Restaurant in St. Marys Friday evening on a multi-stop, multi-county campaign tour. Thompson said government spending must be reined in to alleviate the burden on U.S. citizens and that job creation is a priority. He has co-sponsored legislation in the U.S. house that would help facilitate career and technical training for adults to expand job opportunities, particularly in Elk and other rural counties he represents.
St. Marys City Council approved the dates and times for the 2012 Bavarian Fall Fest during their recent meeting.
While completing taxes can be confusing for even the most well-organized person, trying to understand the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and how it applies is perhaps one of the most confusing tax issues for the average American.
Robin L. Kuleck, a certified financial planner working in Elk and Cameron counties, said the main goal of taxing people is to raise revenue to support essential government functions and can also be used to change behaviors, such as tax benefits for pursuing higher education or tax penalties for early distribution from a retirement plan.
In preparation for the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous auction taking place beginning at noon on Saturday, carvers were working steadily on Thursday afternoon to complete their wooden works of art. Pieces must be completed by noon today.
Debbie Tremko of Arlington, Wash., created a large welcome sign being held by three dogs, a black, chocolate and yellow Lab. She entitled her piece "Saw Dogs." In addition, Tremko created a black dog sculpture with a welcome sign hanging from its neck which she plans to gift to a local Ridgway bar.
Viewing crime statistics online has been made easier with the recent launch of a free, public website by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) that acts as a clearinghouse for crime-related information from throughout the Commonwealth.
â€śThe launch of this website demonstrates our ongoing commitment to making the work of our justice system transparent and accessible to all Pennsylvanians,â€ť said PCCD Chair Mark Zimmer in a press release. â€śWe recognize that to better manage our limited resources, we must first measure them. PACrimeStats.Info helps us to do just that.â€ť