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June 24th, 2012
Bob Coppolo of Weedville said when he was recently approached by gas company representatives seeking access to his land, he balked at the idea of signing on the dotted line without first reading through the fine print.
"I was approached by at least two different companies. One guy had an easement and wanted me to sign it. I said, 'I'm not signing it, I want to read it,'" Coppolo said.
Coppolo equated the signing of an easement, a legal agreement which grants gas companies access to a landowner's acreage, with "signing your property away."
St. Marys City Council has approved the termination of a 16-foot land and water line easement which cuts through Mersen property.
City Manager Dave Greene explained the city has a 1.1-acre tract of land, also known as Environmental Drive, on which they built a road. For this reason, as far as the city is concerned, they do not need the water line easement, which is on Mersen's property, he said.
A fire early Saturday morning claimed the life of an 89-year-old Ridgway woman and destroyed a Center Street home.
A preliminary investigation has not yet determined the cause of the fire; however, officials are saying it is not suspected to be arson.
No school and warm weather bring out the bicycles, and both young and old alike should be reminded of some common-sense practices for safe riding.
David Marconi and Drew Lehman, patrolmen with the City of St. Marys Police Department, said there is one hard-and-fast rule that parents and youngsters need to remember.
"The first thing is, kids 12 and under are required by law to wear helmets," Marconi said. "We encourage everybody to wear a bike helmet, but 12 and under are required to [by state law]."
He said kids riding scooters should also wear helmets for their protection.
Just in time for Fatherâ€™s Day, the ninth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival was held last weekend in Avon, Ohio, known as the â€śDuct Tape Capital of the World.â€ť At the event, duct-tape lovers could find just about any kind of duct-tape creation, including clothing, parade floats, and sculptures. This yearâ€™s theme, â€śDuck Tape on Safari,â€ť celebrated the Duck Tape brand by hosting a scavenger hunt, an arts and crafts tent to create safari gear, a parade and a free animal show by a local animal expert.
ST. MARYS â€“ Work to improve a section of state Route 255 in St. Marys and Fox Township that began the first week of June is continuing on schedule, according to Marla Fannin, community relations coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation's District 2, based in Clearfield.
Fannin said although some complaints were received last week regarding congestion at the traffic light at Walmart SuperCenter in Fox Township, that issue has been resolved.
The Marcellus Shale activity now ubiquitous in Jay Township was the subject of much discussion during Thursday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, with some calling on the board to enact greater oversight of industry activities, companies, and personnel operating within the township.
Bob Coppolo of Weedville urged the board of supervisors to create an ordinance requiring companies and subcontractors to register with the township and formally announce their presence and intentions.
Memorial Park and St. Marys Community Pool staff are teaming up on Wednesday to celebrate 'Buc Night'. The Pirates will be in the middle of a four-game series in Philadelphia against the Phillies, and Pirates fans are encouraged to come watch the game at the St. Marys Community Pool.
As a special promotion for the event, attendees who are not pool members can make a small donation and have the opportunity to swim prior to the start of the game.
At Thursday's regular meeting, the Jay Township Board of Supervisors urged the township's Water Authority to conduct a "feasibility study" regarding the possibility of the township obtaining its water through the City of St. Marys. Supervisors argued that doing so would likely come at a lesser cost than that of maintaining the township's water treatment plant.
This development comes on the heels of recent discussion of the board's reluctance to back $300,000 in loans for the township's water authority to be used in upgrading its water treatment plant.
Although no action was taken on a request made to St. Marys City Council to eliminate on-street parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. for the summer months, the request sparked a discussion among board members.
Several members of council, including City Manager Dave Greene, received the request from a resident at 551 Charles St. He stated his children are home during the summer and there is not enough room for all the vehicles in his driveway. Because of this, they often park on the street overnight and are ticketed.