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May 23rd, 2011

ERHC set to begin expansion, renovation

May 23, 2011

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.

Additional charges withdrawn against Geci

May 23, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – 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resident and Ridgway Borough Police Officer Shawn Geci for unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife have been withdrawn, and Geci also dropped an appeal of charges that were originally handed down following a conviction on Jan. 20 of operating a motorized ATV on lands leased by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.

Monitoring project expands

May 23, 2011

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."

May 22nd

Berteri discusses upcoming tax collection changes

May 22, 2011

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."

St. Marys Senior Center to celebrate Older Americans Month

May 22, 2011

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. 
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. 

May 20th

Lilley contests absentee ballots

May 20, 2011

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.

St. Marys Little League Softball receives grant

May 20, 2011

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.

Maletto wins home makeover contest

May 20, 2011

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.

May 19th

Sgt. Daniel discusses criminal activity

May 19, 2011

Sgt. Daniel from the Ridgway-based Pennsylvania State Police attended the Jay Township Supervisors meeting yesterday evening to see if residents had any concerns that he could address and to also provide an update on crime trends in the area.

St. Marys Chamber looking to the future

May 19, 2011

The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to the future as they undergo a complete reshaping of the organization in an effort to better serve the local business community, as well as individual residents.
"I would like to see the Chamber as a more positive, active force in the community," said recently elected president Mark Rupprecht. "The board is made up of accomplished individuals that are community-minded and want to help move this Chamber into a position where it's respected within the community."

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