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March 22nd, 2011
Building owner Edward J. Aiello said Tuesday night that cleanup will begin today at the site of the fire that engulfed the 3-story brick building at 205 Main St. in downtown Ridgway.
"We've had opinions from the fire department and the police but we need to bring in a structural engineer to see if the building can be saved," Aiello said. "We're not going to wait around long on this."
Pa. State Police officials gave Aiello permission Tuesday to begin to clean up the site both inside and out.
The City of St. Marys is still pursuing selling water to companies in the Marcellus drilling industry, according to City Manager Dave Greene. Greene provided members of city council with an update on Monday evening regarding the progress the city has made in finding interested drilling companies to purchase effluent water, which has been treated and discharged from the city's wastewater treatment plant.
In an effort to give back to the local community, the St. Marys Pharmacy/Home Medical has chosen to become a major sponsor as part of the 2011 Elk County Relay for Life, a program of the American Cancer Society (ACS).
As part of this venture, St. Marys Pharmacy (SMP) recently donated $1,000 to the American Cancer Society. In addition, the business also established its own Relay for Life team.
SMP Relay Captain Kari Ryan announced the businesses' sponsorship of the event during the March 8 monthly meeting of ACS Relay teams.
Contrary to a number of rumors City Manager Dave Greene indicated are making their way around town, work is still underway on the Depot Street parking garage and the project deadline has not been extended from its original completion date of the first week of July.
Greene addressed rumors about the project during city council's meeting on Monday evening.
St. Marys resident Jerry Marshall inquired at the meeting about rumors that work on the project has stopped because the workers were not being paid and had walked off the job.
Bob Yoder addressed members of city council on Monday evening on behalf of St. Marys Hospitality to bring them up to speed on issues surrounding the downtown hotel project.
Todd Hanes, owner of the former location of The Station Inn, located along Depot Street, had addressed council earlier this month and asked for their assistance on moving the project forward. At that meeting, council members had indicated that they planned to request that Yoder attend a meeting to explain why he had not closed on any of the properties.
RIDGWAY â€“ State Police at Ridgway said Monday that the cause of Saturday morning's fire that gutted a 3-story building along the 200 block of downtown Ridgway was accidental.
Representatives from Johnson Controls recently presented an update to the St. Marys Area School District School Board of Directors of the nearly $4 million renovation project taking place within the district.
Gary Sipe, onsite manager of facility improvements for Johnson Controls, explained the details, emphasizing that all projects were geared at making the numerous school buildings energy-efficient.
RIDGWAY - A fire destroyed a 3-story building at 205 Main St. in Ridgway early Saturday morning.
WEEDVILLE â€“Â The Jay Township Supervisors recently opened, reviewed, and approved bids for the purchase of dust oil and for the dumpster that is typically located at the township building during the summer months.
Three dust oil bids were received from the following companies: HRI, Inc. at a cost of $2.21 a gallon, Vollmer Tar and Chip Inc. at a cost of $2.34 a gallon, and Jefferson Paving Corp. at a cost of $2.22 a gallon. Supervisors approved awarding the bid to HRI Inc., noting that the company has received the bid for a number of years now.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Oak Norton, a former intelligence officer for the U.S. Army and Air Force, discussed the importance of emergency preparation Saturday morning to kick off the Third Annual Preparedness Fair at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ridgway.
"It's wonderful to see that people are here [Saturday] because that proves [they're] not clueless as to what can take place," Norton said. "In Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, we only had an opportunity to do the job once and it had to be done correctly, otherwise lives would be lost and a lot of suffering would take place.