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April 10th, 2014

ECCSS holding third annual Race for Education

April 11, 2014

The third annual Race for Education, a fundraising event under the direction of the Elk County Catholic School System PTO, is currently underway. This year's goal is $30,000 and the endeavor will conclude with an hour-long walk for students and supporters on Friday, May 9. All of the funds raised this year will be put toward educational programs and the purchase of classroom resources.
In addition to being a fundraiser, the project has also proved to be a learning experience for students at all levels of the school system, according to ECCHS Campus Minister Fr. Ross Miceli.

April 9th

Council addresses several issues

April 9, 2014

At a recent St. Marys City Council meeting, Councilman Gary Anderson stated several residents who receive Social Security voiced their concern about the increase in their taxes.
Anderson emphasized the increase was through the county and not the city as the city's tax portion has not increased since 2011.
Greene said he will post a notice on the front doors of City Hall noting the increase was not implemented by the city.

Community Banking Month features Heritage Preservation Group

April 9, 2014

The Northwest Savings Bank office in downtown St. Marys is highlighting various area groups through their Community Banking Month event, and this Friday the St. Marys Heritage Preservation Group will be featured. In addition to having a display set up inside the bank throughout the day on Friday, Andrew Mohney, head of the group's Facebook committee, will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to answer questions and provide information about the group and its current and future projects.

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 9, 2014

RIDGWAY – A "Teal Ribbon Campaign" is in full swing this month as CAPSEA, Inc. (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse) aims to increase sexual assault awareness.
"We're targeting the younger population," said CAPSEA executive director Billie Jo Weyant. "We as adult community members need to spread more awareness."
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, area residents are able to purchase a paper "Teal Ribbon" at various locations for a $1 donation to CAPSEA.

April 8th

Couple in child-starving case to serve jail time

April 8, 2014

SMETHPORT – A Mt. Jewett couple accused in a nationally-publicized child-starving case have been sentenced to serve time in the McKean County Jail.
Senior Judge John Cleland of Kane sentenced Mark and Susan Hooper during a 33-minute proceeding Tuesday morning in McKean County Court.
Susan Hooper, 41, was given an aggregate sentence of nine months to 18 months in jail on charges of endangering the welfare of children.
Mark Hooper, 43, was sentenced to three to six months in jail for the same charge. He was granted "work release" status.

Supervisors to offer counter proposal to mining company

April 8, 2014

The Fox Township Supervisors voted on several items during their Tuesday evening meeting including making a counter proposal to a mining company and updating its oil and gas ordinance.
The supervisors approved a motion to offer a counter proposal to Amfire Mining Co., based out of Latrobe, who requested the township renew their agreement to continue to mine through Bennett Road. They are currently stripping through the road.

Historical Society slowly making progress

April 8, 2014

A row of military uniforms in protective coverings hangs along one side of the room. Stations of the Cross from St. Marys Church are displayed at the top of an adjacent wall. Across the room are clock hands from St. Mary's Church and a set of French curves that belonged to Ignatius Garner. In between are all sorts of items from St. Marys' past that are still being organized and placed into the appropriate areas as the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township gets settled into its new home and prepares to reopen to the public.

Litigation, bid packages topics at meeting

April 8, 2014

Fox Township will continue with litigation as it relates to the Hogback Road paving project. This case has been in litigation since 2008 with the township incurring significant costs in fighting the case.
On March 25, the supervisors held an executive session with the township solicitor.
Supervisor Mike Keller said it is in the township's best interest to continue fighting the case.
Keller said township officials believe they can win the case.
During their meeting the group reviewed the present status of the case and have discovered options on how to proceed.

April 7th

Stormwater, solicitation ordinance discussed

April 7, 2014

The City of St. Marys is awaiting a followup response about its stormwater management ordinance from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) who stated the ordinance was generally sufficient except for two deficiencies.
The deficiencies pertained to the city's definition and square footage measurements of impervious surface which is landscape that cannot absorb rainfall.

Local author publishes novel

April 7, 2014

Luke Streich, a Ridgway native writing under the pen name Eazra Shrantz, recently completed a novel titled "Bleeding Shadows" which has been available online since April 5.
Streich, a graduate of Ridgway Area High School, began writing "stories and poetry for fun in the second grade," and has since went on to author several short stories prior to "Bleeding Shadows," his first full-length novel.

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