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July 18th, 2012
ST. MARYS - New federal legislation that reclassifies roll-your-own cigarette shops as manufacturers and all but prohibits the use of automated roll-your-own machines has resulted in the closure of many stores and left those remaining struggling to turn a profit.
Section 100122 of the federal Highway Bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 6 subjects owners of roll-your-own cigarette machines to the same licensing rules as corporate cigarette manufacturers and requires they tax their product at rates equal to those of packaged cigarettes.
ST. MARYS - On Friday Allegheny Motorsports is opening its doors for business, offering a wide range of services to area motorcycle and ATV owners.
Co-owners Scott and Joni Holterback of Daguscahonda encourage riding enthusiasts to stop by the shop on Friday and Saturday as they plan to offer special promotions, door prizes, giveaways and light refreshments during their grand opening.
The Elk County Humane Society is turning over the effort to retrieve its missing records and assets to the St. Marys City Police Department, the organization said in a press release issued Tuesday. The Humane Society's financial records and assets have been out of the organization's control since June 24.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Elk County will soon be one of nine Pennsylvania counties with a new state-of-the-art 911 phone system.
Mike McAllister, the county's emergency management director, reiterated Tuesday during an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting that the current system is outdated, having received an "end-of-life" letter approximately one year ago; parts and maintenance are now no longer available for the outdated system.
While individual counties are free to look at options for a 911 phone system, the costs can be exorbitant.
The St. Marys City Council will assist St. Marys Water Authority customers, who may now drop off their payments at City Hall inside the Sewer Office. This service began July 1. Office personnel will not have access to customer's water accounts.
RIDGWAY â€“ Elk County government officials honored 15 new members of the state's Voter Hall of Fame Tuesday morning with a short program and brunch at the Courthouse Annex along Center Street.
"We just wanted to thank and recognize [them] for the voting record of 50 consecutive years," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "[They] deserve it. We appreciate it when people take [voting] seriously."
RIDGWAY â€“ Members of the county's salary board voted Tuesday to create a part-time position to assist in operations at the community recycling center and other collection programs operated through the Elk County Solid Waste Authority.
Officials on Tuesday gave the green light for a "Level 5" position with either a non-probationary rate of $11.07 an hour or a union probationary rate of $11.45 an hour; the rate is contingent upon further evaluation of the job, specifically responsibilities with various pieces of equipment at the center.
Members of the St. Marys City Council approved a resolution pertaining to procedures and promotions within the St. Marys Police Department.
City Manager Dave Greene explained that City Solicitor Tom Wagner met with St. Marys Police Chief Todd Caltagarone along with members of the Civil Service Commission, during which time the commission introduced procedures in determining which personnel are eligible for promotions. Such procedures were never before in place.
Beginning today at noon, tickets may be reserved for the 2012 St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Wing Fling taking place Friday, Aug. 17 in downtown St. Marys.
Now in its 11th year, the Wing Fling has become a popular event attracting upwards of 500 attendees. Crowds gather in the Market Street area from 6-9:30 p.m., where they sample some of the area's tastiest wings and enjoy entertainment by a local band.
"The 2012 St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Wing Fling looks to be the social event of the year for the local area," said Greg Stauffer, Wing Fling committee chairman.
The results of a recent fundraiser to benefit families who take their children to the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh-UPMC left the planners smiling, and will help bring smiles to more children in western Pennsylvania.
"An Afternoon of Smiles and Sunshine," held on May 20 at The Red Fern in St. Marys, brought in funds to help children with cleft palates and other craniofacial conditions and their families with travel expenses and other associated costs while getting treatment.