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August 17th, 2014

Elk Expo draws visitors of all ages to Benezette

August 17, 2014

BENEZETTE – It was a beautiful weekend in Benezette for the 2014 Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo, which was held at the Elk Country Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday.
"We really couldn't have asked for better weather today," Elk Country Visitor Center Operations Manager Carla Wehler said on Saturday afternoon. "It wasn't too hot, wasn't too cold, and there was no rain. It was just a beautiful day and was a little bit overcast. We're pretty excited."

3 St. Marys hunters drawn for elk licenses

August 17, 2014

BENEZETTE – Of the 108 elk licenses awarded by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) during their annual elk license drawing, three–all for antlerless elk–went to residents of St. Marys. This year's drawing was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in conjunction with the Pa. Great Outdoors Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. It was the first time since 2008 that the elk license drawing has been held during the Elk Expo.

August 15th

Timber industry highlighted during Farm Tour

August 15, 2014

KERSEY – The timber industry was highlighted during Friday's Elk County Farm Bureau Legislative Tour, which was held at Northwood Resources, Inc.(NRI) in Kersey.
As part of the 18th annual tour, approximately 40 attendees gathered at NRI, situated off state Route 255 along Birch Valley Road.
Owner Michael Hoffman provided a tour and general information about the log yard and distribution center of cherry, red oak, hard maple and white oak logs. The company is a family-owned business founded in 2011. Hoffman has worked in the timber field for 30 years.

Rihn wins Elk Expo patch contest

August 15, 2014

During this year's Pa. Great Outdoors Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, official event merchandise will be available, including the 2014 elk expo patch. Each year a different four-inch embroidered patch has been made to commemorate the expo, and individuals have had the opportunity to submit their photos of Pennsylvania elk in hopes of having one chosen to be featured on the annual collector's item.
This year's patch depicts a winter scene of a bull elk bugling and is based on a photograph taken by John Rihn of Glenshaw in December 2010.

August 14th

Employee handbook draft draws criticism

August 14, 2014

Policy for city employees, specifically dealing with accumulated sick time, was met with criticism from council members during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting.
Over the past several months City Manager Dave Greene has worked with Carol Muhitch, the city's finance director, and Lorrie Levenduski, city manager secretary, in creating an employee handbook.
The handbook remains a work in progress as changes need made to it, however council was presented with a draft of the handbook for their review.

J'burg man faces multiple felony charges

August 14, 2014

A Johnsonburg man faces several felony charges for an alleged statutory sexual assault on a known 13-year-old female.
Charles James Nussbaum, 28, of 515 1/2 Market St., Johnsonburg, is charged with felony offenses of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, criminal use of a communication facility and indecent assault. Additionally, he is charged with a misdemeanor count of indecent assault. It is alleged that these acts occurred approximately between April 1 and July 20.

August 13th

School board tables hiring new PE teacher

August 13, 2014

The hiring of a new physical education teacher at Fox and Bennetts Valley elementary schools was tabled during a recent St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors meeting. The position is to replace an outgoing teacher.
After discussion at the board's work session last week as to why a candidate's name was not included on the agenda for the position, Doug Surra's name was added to the meeting agenda on Monday under professional hire.

Circus delights area residents

August 13, 2014

The ground at Kaulmont Park was a little muddy Wednesday, but the rain stopped and a long line of area residents could be seen waiting to get into both circus performances presented by Walker International Events, Inc.
The group put on two roughly 90-minute shows, one at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.
The performances featured a variety of entertaining acts, including some with live animals. Some acts had participants suspended in the air, while others featured balancing acts or humous skits involving volunteers from the audience.

Powderpuff Mechanics event Sunday

August 13, 2014

The Jewels of Hope Relay for Life team is conducting a Powderpuff Mechanics event Sunday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tractor Supply parking lot in St. Marys.
Mechanics from J & L Garage, Twisted Metal Garage and Walmart will be attending to explain the basic necessities for vehicles.

August 12th

SMASD projects completed, gym renovation delayed

August 12, 2014

This summer proved busy for maintenance staff at St. Marys Area School District. There were several large capital projects which were completed including renovations to South St. Marys Street Elementary's gymnasium.
"The Kelly Gym project was going well until Friday," according to Mark Romain, SMASD director of facilities.
The project hit a roadblock when Romain was informed the new windows have not shipped and will not arrive until Labor Day. Crews were expecting the windows to arrive by Aug. 11.
"The new windows have left other parts of the project in limbo," Romain said.

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