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December 23rd

Gradizzi discusses tentative CDBG projects

December 23, 2010

Earlier this week, members of city council gave their approval to tentative projects for the city's 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
Community and Economic Development Coordinator Tina Gradizzi explained to council that two projects presented at the first public hearing earlier this month qualify for the funding. These projects entail administration costs and street and road improvements within the city.

Chamber ornament features Elk Country Visitors Center

December 23, 2010

This holiday season the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas ornament features the Elk Country Visitors Center.
"We felt it was appropriate to feature the visitors center, as it has been a huge attraction to our area," said Sally Wilson, Chamber executive director.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the Christmas ornament program, the Chamber is offering two different designs.
The first design is an ivory ornament with a color photo of the visitors center with "Elk Country Visitor Center" written in ivory script.

Refurbishment of St. Leo Catholic Church on schedule

December 23, 2010

The refurbishment of the St. Leo Catholic Church began earlier this month and is off to a good start, according to Father Brian Vossler.
“The progress for our refurbishing has gone very well so far,” Vossler said. “At first, we got off to a slow start because we were waiting for a company from North Carolina to come and pick up our pews. They were delayed by about a week and a half, but we did some planning and did some work out in the gathering space so it wasn't completely wasted time, and once we got all of the contractors on board it's been going very smoothly.”

December 22nd

VFW donates Taser to sheriff's office

December 22, 2010

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5887 presented a check to the Elk County Sheriff's Office for the purchase of a Taser gun.
The $900 check was presented by VFW 5887 Post Commander Ricky Hicks to Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey Krieg and deputies Patrick Straub and William Gerg Jr.
“It is a less-than-lethal weapon that we like to use for trouble in a courtroom and things like that,” said Krieg. “By using it, we don't incur the liability like you do when you have to shoot somebody.
“It's mainly for my deputies to use in those situations and this will give us two now for the department.”

Big Buck Contest winner

December 22, 2010

Joe Dellaquila, 32, of Ridgway, was announced as the winner of the 6th annual Big Buck Contest during Wednesday night's contest wrap-up festivities at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall. Dellaquila bagged a 14-point, 180-lb. buck during archery season. A special Big Buck edition will appear in the Tuesday, Dec. 28 issue of The Daily Press, The Ridgway Record and The Kane Republican. Above, Dellaquila is shown with some of the $5,000 in prizes he won as part of the contest.

Fullington bus service resumes in St. Marys

December 22, 2010

Fullington Bus Service has recently returned to St. Marys after being discontinued for a year.
"The bus went through St. Marys for more than 20 years," said Milt Wiseman, vice-president for Intercity Coach Services. "There was minimal ridership so we tried service through Brockway and Ridgway. Unfortunately, this ridership was very minimal also, so we are trying St. Marys again."

Supervisors plan to be more thorough regarding drilling

December 22, 2010

At their recent meeting, Jay Township supervisor Francis Gustafson explained that he and his fellow supervisors plan to take a more thorough approach to Marcellus gas drilling within the township, particularly with regard to what sort of hazardous materials are being used.

December 21st

Council approves 2011 budget despite opposition

December 21, 2010

The 2011 budget for the City of St. Marys was approved by city council with a vote of 5-2 on Monday evening. Councilmen Sally Geyer and Dick Dornisch both voted in opposition, and the decision was not without some dissent from a few area residents as well.
During a public hearing held on the city's 2011 budget at the beginning of the city council meeting, a few residents addressed council about what they stated was an unfair increase in their property taxes.

ITEC interest continues

December 21, 2010

The Elk County Commissioners voted Tuesday to send a letter of intent to the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] officials expressing their interest in buying the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC].
"As commissioners are aware and as the press has reported, the county [officials] has been in discussion with North Central [officials] regarding the purchase of ITEC," said county solicitor Tom Wagner during a short board meeting Tuesday morning. "We've reached a point in our discussions now where we want to move forward.

Lunar eclipse kicks off winter seaso

December 21, 2010

For the first time in 372 years, the winter season got underway in unique fashion with a total lunar eclipse.
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year and this year, winter officially got underway at 6:38 p.m.
The last time a lunar eclipse corresponded with the winter solstice was Dec. 21, 1638. At that time, what is now the United States was only a series of young colonies under British control and William Penn had not even crossed the Atlantic to begin the settlement of what is now Pennsylvania.

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