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May 24th, 2011
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney provided numerous program and maintenance updates, as well as congratulatory comments, during this month's school board meeting.
A concert was held recently at the high school, with proceeds benefitting the Chris Forster Memorial Scholarship Fund. Students raised $800 for the fund. Kearney said she appreciated the work of Zak Brenniman, Evan Gerg and Ben Schneider for their musical entertainment at the event.
RIDGWAY - The Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) held a Refresh Rally to gather support from the community for the chance to win $25,000 on Thursday. Pepsi is funding the most voted-for ideas on their Refresh website by ranking each idea by its number of votes; the idea with the most votes receives the check. Beginning at 9 a.m., ECCOTA gathered the willing fingers of passersby and encouraged them to vote for their idea via the internet at (http://www.refresheverything.com/eccotaridgway, or by texting 105979 to 73774.
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on the renovation and expansion project at Elk Regional Health Center.
ST. MARYS - The long-awaited expansion and renovation of Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC) has begun, with bids recently opened and construction slated for early summer.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Additional charges that had been filed against Ridgway resident and Ridgway Borough Police Officer Shawn Geci for unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife have been withdrawn, and Geci also dropped an appeal of charges that were originally handed down following a conviction on Jan. 20 of operating a motorized ATV on lands leased by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and use of unlawful devices and methods to hunt wildlife.
The Elk County Conservation District will be teaming up with the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited to expand the monitoring area for the Elk County Monitoring Project as long as a stipulation proposed by chairman Russ Braun is fulfilled.
"I would like something from that organization [Iron Furnace Chapter] asking us to do this and a letter of committment from them stating that they will do what they say they are going to do," Braun said. "Trust is a good thing but with $150,000, trust can only go so far."
Dave Berteri, a member of the tax collection committee for Elk County, addressed the Jay Township Supervisors at their recent meeting to inform them of upcoming changes to how earned income tax is collected within the county.
Addressing meeting attendees, Berteri remarked that many were already likely aware of the change.
"Most of you probably know the government has passed an ordinance that every county has to have one tax collector for the wage tax," Berteri said. "They're forcing [the counties] to do it."
The St. Marys Senior Center is hosting a "Picnic on the Porch" event on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in celebration of Older Americans Month.
This free event is open to the public and will include picnic foods, prizes and music by Hap and the Gang.Â
Current St. Marys Senior Center members who bring in three new members are eligible for a bonus prize.
"The center is full of active people. It is a fun and friendly atmosphere," emphasized Lesa Lamb, senior center director.
She noted that new members who join only have to pay $6 for half-year dues.Â
Tensions were high at the Jay Township Supervisor's meeting on Thursday evening when it was revealed that Supervisor Murray Lilley contested five absentee ballots filed in Tuesday's primary election.
The issue was first brought up during the visitor's comments portion of the meeting by township resident Jim Huff.
"I think it's a d--- shame what's going on with this voting deal here with him, these absentee ballots. I understand that [Lilley] was contesting elderly people, people that are in the service," Huff said.
In conjunction with the kickoff of their season this morning, the St. Marys Girls' Softball Little League also recently received a $15,000 grant to provide much-needed repairs to the Benzinger Park softball fields where their games take place.
The league plans to use the funding to replace the backstops on each field. This decision was made due to concerns over the players' safety.
Jan Maletto of Ridgway has won the $10,000 Home Makeover Sweepstakes sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank.
Local bank officials presented her with her award in the office of Kevin Oknefski, manager of the bank's Ridgway office, with Don Valone, district manager of Northwest Savings bank, also present.
Agents employed at the local bank drew Maletto's name from over 25,000 submitted entries at community home shows and Northwest's community banking locations across Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland, according to Dorothy Lobdell, senior vice president of retail lending at Northwest Savings Bank.