Archive - News Article
July 2nd, 2012
JOHNSONBURG â Area residents are now shaken to the core after the vacant St. Joe's Club in Johnsonburg went up in flames early Monday morning.
The fire, ruled an arson, is the second mysterious fire in four days in Johnsonburg and reportedly broke out shortly after midnight on Monday. Reports indicate the fire started on a second-floor wooden porch and quickly spread throughout the building.
The St. Joe's Club in Johnsonburg went up in flames early Monday morning. Several area fire departments, the St. Marys Area Ambulance and the PSP Fire Marshal were called to the scene. Photo by Joseph Bell.
A water main break on 500 block of North St. Marys Sunday evening sent water over 30 feet into the air leaving the power lines dripping and many residents seeking higher ground.
The Crystal Fire Department was called to the scene of the incident outside 523 N. St. Marys St. for public service at 8:53 p.m.
Ralph Samick who occupies the 523 N. St. Marys St. residence along with his wife Mary Ann said at the time of the water main break he was sitting on the front porch listening to the radio when he noticed water collecting around his feet.
It was a bittersweet road trip for six members of the field maintenance shop at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard base in Cambridge Springs near Erie.
Traveling in two large National Guard work trucks, the group came to Kane on Friday to deliver a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Tom and Sue VanGiesen residence at 137 Lincoln St.
The âHarleyâ was the pride and joy of Staff Sgt. Ken VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the National Guard.
Many services are available in the home for the elderly, the disabled, the sick and others who require help with medical or hygiene needs.
Tiffany Winkler, private duty manager for home support services for Community Nurses, Inc., outlined some of these programs during a presentation Friday at a Kane Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum at the Kane Manor.
She said the âmain purposeâ the services permits residents to âstay in their own homesâ rather than enter a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility.
ST. MARYS â Due to the high cost of purchasing a pre-engineered public restroom facility from Oregon, the Elk County Conservation District is pursuing other alternatives for the West Creek Wetland Learning Center.
"I have met with the [Elk County] commissioners and the planning commission a few times over the past few weeks to discuss the project," said District Manager Steve Putt. "We have kind of decided to take a step back."
With the U.S. Supreme Court voting to uphold the constitutionality of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," in a 5-4 decision on Thursday, reaction from local residents was mixed, with some staunchly opposed to the action, others in favor, and others finding both merit and fault with the provisions of the health care act.
Sara Bolden of St. Marys said she she wholly supported the Supreme Court's, decision adding that the president "didn't go far enough," with the health care law.
Now in its third year, the Blast in the Burg III drum and bugle corps competition is sure to be another hit with area spectators. This year's show is slated for Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Field in Johnsonburg.
"Due to overwhelming support, there will indeed be a Blast in the Burg III," said organizer Terry Feronti of Johnsonburg.
WEEDVILLE - The Jay Township Sewer Authority claims that the township's water plant has discharged settled solids in the form of backwash wastewater, causing damage to the sewage treatment plant facility. As a result, the sewer authority is requesting the Jay Township Water Authority physically separate the backwash wastewater facilities from the sanitary sewer system.
Area residents can shop for fresh, local foods from summer to fall at the St. Marys Farmers Market, set to open for the season tomorrow.
The market will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday from June 30 until Oct. 20 in the parking lot of the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys.
Market Manager Marty Riddle said many items are available.
"We have in-season vegetables and fruits, baked goods. We also have meats, smoked cheeses, jellies, jams," Riddle said. "They [patrons] can get fresh produce, homemade baked goods and they help support local farmers and the area people."