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November 3rd, 2014

Council puts the brakes to free holiday parking

November 3, 2014

Free holiday parking was not on City Council's Christmas list this year.
On Monday evening St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Outreach Coordinator Ashley O'Dell requested free holiday parking throughout downtown beginning on Friday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 24 as well as during Light Up Night on Friday, Nov. 21 from 5-8 p.m., however council voted down a motion on the issue.
Council members Greg Gebauer and Sally Geyer were the lone two voters approving parking for the entire holiday season.

Grant received for backup radio system

November 3, 2014

The St. Marys Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Committee received a $10,500 grant from Seneca Resources to fund a new backup radio system. A motion to accept the grant was unanimously approved.
The overall cost of the system is $10,731.85, the remainder of which will be covered by the city's budget. The grant was secured through the assistance of St. Marys Community and Economic Development Coordinator Tina Gradizzi.

Mersen fire causes $350,000 in damages

November 3, 2014

ST. MARYS – A tractor-trailer docked at the Mersen USA building in St. Marys caught fire around noon on Monday, a blaze that caused an estimated $350,000 in damages to the truck and Mersen building.

Start of elk hunt draws spectators to check station

November 3, 2014

QUEHANNA – The atmosphere at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's (PGC) elk check station at the start of the weeklong elk hunt on Monday morning was probably not quite what many would expect for such a venue.

N.Y. teen harvests 7x6 bull

November 3, 2014

QUEHANNA – It is not uncommon for those drawn for an elk license to bring their teenage children along to share in the experience. It was the other way around on Monday though for 14-year-old Travis Raab of Hammondsport, N.Y. Raab was one of the 27 individuals selected for an antlered elk license in this year's hunt and he got to share in the experience with his father, Kelly.
"We've been applying for a license for three years," Raab said. "We had actually just gotten back from vacation on my birthday and we got the message on the phone."

Northern tier PILT funds questioned

November 3, 2014

RIDGWAY – County officials throughout the region are beginning to question tax payments from state government on public lands within the area, including Elk County.
A State Land Tax Fairness Coalition meeting was held last week, attended by roughly 40 people, including various county commissioners.
The coalition is looking for an increase on payment in lieu of taxes [PILOT-- also know as PILT] to go to school districts, counties and municipalities for state-owned lands.

Tractor-trailer fire at Mersen

November 3, 2014

ST. MARYS – A tractor-trailer truck caught fire Monday afternoon at Mersen USA in St. Marys. The vehicle was destroyed in the blaze and the building’s loading dock was damaged.

VIDEO: Big Ben, Steelers rout Ravens in rivalry game

November 3, 2014

VIDEO: Big Ben, Steelers rout Ravens in rivalry game
Kirk Morrison recaps the Steelers' big win over the Ravens.

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November 2nd

Missing man found; search canceled

November 2, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – A 30-year-old Johnsonburg man was declared missing shortly after 6 p.m., but search and rescue operations were canceled after police were able to track the man's whereabouts since going missing, according to Johnsonburg Borough Police Officer David Cuneo.
Travis O’Connor, 30, of Johnsonburg, left his home on Saturday to go on a short three-wheeler ride, and after his family hadn’t seen or heard from him, they reported him missing to the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department.

Weeklong elk hunt opens today

November 2, 2014

Pennsylvania's weeklong elk hunting season opens today, and 108 hunters–the most ever since the annual hunt was implemented in 2001–are expected to be in the field today as they try to fill the 27 antlered and 81 antlerless licenses issued by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) during their elk license drawing on Aug. 16.
Of those 108 hunters, three are St. Marys residents: Jason Pistner, Kenneth Rieder, and Joseph Rupprecht. All three were drawn for antlerless elk licenses.

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