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August 26th, 2011

'Castle Doctrine' gun law goes into effect today

August 27, 2011

Legislation signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett that expands on an individual's right to use lethal force in self-defense is set to go into effect today.
Act 10 of 2011, widely known as the 'Castle Doctrine,' allows individuals to use lethal force to defend themselves in their residence (including porch, deck, or patio) or occupied vehicle against an assailant threatening them or a third party.

United Way appoints new president, board members

August 27, 2011

The St. Marys Area United Way recently welcomed a new president, vice president and members of the board of directors.
Newly appointed United Way President Becky Piccolo, an employee of Elk Regional Health Center, is taking over the reins of the organization from outgoing president Nick Gismondi, an employee of MPP in Ridgway.

Mission trip experience meaningful for Kucenski

August 27, 2011

In late June, Elk County Catholic High School senior Sara Kucenski, of Ridgway, was one of seven western Pennsylvania youth who took part in a week-long mission trip to Honduras to dedicate a water filtration system in El Jaral, Honduras, which the students had spent the previous school year raising money to construct through an organization they formed called Pure Thirst. Pure Thirst worked in conjunction with The Rice Foundation, which was formed by Dr. Jeffrey Rice, and raised over $25,000 to construct the system.

August 25th

Father wages nationwide fight against cystic fibrosis

August 26, 2011

Ronnie Werstler is on a one-man crusade, traveling the country in order to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis (C.F.). Werstler, a third degree blackbelt, is doing so by breaking two-by-fours with his bare hands for $100 donations. So far, his campaign has taken him to 48 states. He has appeared on "Lawman" with Steven Segal, as well as on "Good Morning America" with Diane Sawyer. He has also broken boards outside of Oprah Winfrey's studios in Chicago, landing him on the front page of the Sun-Times. On Tuesday, his quest brought him to St.

Officials take close look at CareerLink

August 26, 2011

With some budget cuts being anticipated, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] are looking at the region's various CareerLink sites.
"As we're working through the process with our partners, to date we've confirmed that Potter, McKean and Elk [counties] will all be able to remain comprehensive centers," said Susie Snelick, Workforce Investment Board Director. "That is the result of partners stepping up and looking at cost-savings, looking at budgets and being able to continue to contribute and maintain comprehensive sites.

Officials take close look at CareerLink

August 26, 2011

With some budget cuts being anticipated, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] are looking at the region's various CareerLink sites.
"As we're working through the process with our partners, to date we've confirmed that Potter, McKean and Elk [counties] will all be able to remain comprehensive centers," said Susie Snelick, Workforce Investment Board Director. "That is the result of partners stepping up and looking at cost-savings, looking at budgets and being able to continue to contribute and maintain comprehensive sites.

August 24th

WIC concerns surface at meeting

August 25, 2011

After a meeting last month revealed that the Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program out of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] may face a $92,000 budget cut for the new fiscal year, officials expressed concern Wednesday morning after the figures had a chance to sink in.

Sunday hunting could one day be reality

August 25, 2011

Over the past several years, numerous proposals have been offered in the State Legislature to eliminate or significantly change the current law regarding expansion of Sunday hunting allowances. But any expansion of Sunday hunting, which now allows just fox and coyote hunting, has been soundly denounced by the members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Ernest Mattiuz, vice president of the Elk County Farm Bureau.

ERHC will continue to accept insurance plans

August 25, 2011

The well-publicized feud between University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and health insurer Highmark has many western Pennsylvania residents worrying that they may lose access to services from UPMC when a contract between the two entities expires next year, especially as many residents carry Highmark insurance.

Variety Shoppe offers array of products, gowns, costumes

August 25, 2011

The Variety Shoppe, a co-op store located at 10 Erie Ave. in downtown St. Marys, offers an array of products, all sold by local vendors.
The store was initially opened as The Shop on Depot in October 2010, but recently was renamed and moved to the former Smith's Sports Store building.
"We are now in a better location with a bigger place and have more traffic," said Donna Prechtl Nussbaum, store owner.

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