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March 2nd, 2012
Over the years, young people have ingested and huffed all types of substances that can cause harm, especially when confronted by peer pressure. The attempted ingestion of cinnamon, while not a new trend, seems to be making a comeback.
City of St. Marys Police Chief Todd Caltagarone said the "Cinnamon Challenge" has actually been around for several years. According to Caltagarone, the challenge involves daring a person to eat or swallow a teaspoonful of ground cinnamon in less than 60 seconds without drinking water or any other kind of liquid to aid them with the challenge.
The students at Elk County Catholic High School always seem to be involved with something, whether collecting canned food for the Christian Food Bank or traveling to the Dominican Republic for a week-long mission trip.
Spring is almost here, which means area residents will once again begin the tedious task of spring cleaning. For those looking to dispose of old passenger vehicle tires, the Elk County Solid Waste Authority recently set the dates for their annual tire collections.
"We've already had calls about when we're going to do tire collections. Everybody wants to know," said Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling/solid waste coordinator.
JONES TWP. - The Ridgway-based Pa. State Police report investigating an incident of attempted suicide that occurred on March 1 at 2:15 p.m. on Glen Hazel Road in Jones. Twp., Elk County. According to police, the incident occurred as a 49-year-old known female of Johnsonburg, took pills and deliberately drove off of the road and struck a tree. The woman was transported to the Elk Regional Health Center for treatment. Police were assisted at the scene by the Wilcox Fire Department.
While there is more snow to come and nary a bloom peeping out of the ground, it isnâ€™t stopping area residents from gazing dreamily out of their windows with big plans for their gardens and spring landscaping.
Natalie Aiello, the Elk-Cameron County 4-H/Youth Extension Educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Extension's Master Gardener Coordinator for Elk County, said there are a number of things people can do now to prepare for the planting season.
Those looking to rid their closest of prom and formal gowns, wedding dresses and accessories may consider donating them to local schoolteacher Laura Kuntz, who distributes the gowns to underprivileged girls and women in poverty-stricken Beatyville, Ky.
Now in her fourth year of collecting gowns, Kuntz plans to made the trip to Kentucky this month, earlier than in past years.
The St. Marys Area Water Authority has announced that rates for customers in St. Marys and Fox Township will increase slightly in March.
The authority's board of governors approved the increase, which goes into effect March 1 and was explained in a notice sent via postal mail to authority customers. According to Dwight D. Hoare, P.E., manager of the St. Marys Area Water Authority, the increase is due to debt service to cover replacement of the 20-inch water main serving the entire system and higher operating costs.
As part of PennDOT's road project along SR 255 in St. Marys, also known as the Million Dollar Highway projects, PennDOT has begun acquiring buildings
According to Marla Fannin, community relations coordinator with PennDOT District 2, the scope of the project is to "provide full depth reconstruction of the roadway from Wal-Mart to the St. Marys Diamond," with the estimated cost being $11 million.
Included in project plans is the widening of the SR 255/ SR 120 intersection.
In an effort to implement cost savings and unify 911 services, nine counties in northern Pennsylvania have teamed up to upgrade to a "Next Generation 911 Telephony System and Network."
The counties are Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Venango and Warren.
"[The counties] have worked together as one entity to create a regional network and improving technology and operations while saving costs to their individual counties," said Michael C. McGrady, the president of MCM Consulting Group out of McMurray.
Area residents attending Saturdayâ€™s Kentucky Headhunters/Confederate Railroad concert will also be treated to the comedy stylings of St. Marys native Brad Leviski, who goes by the stage name of â€śBubba Bradley.â€ť
Leviski said he had always thought about being a comic, but never really got the opportunity until about three and a half years ago.
"I was working at a bar in Montana. I was the head bouncer. A buddy of mine knew a comic in L.A. and had him come in and do a show. They wanted somebody to warm up the crowd for five minutes and I volunteered," Leviski said.