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June 22nd, 2014
KERSEY â€“ A large crowd came out to support the Smoke on the Mountain BBQ cook-off held over the weekend at the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department in Kersey.
The cook-off began at 11 a.m. and Saturday afternoon featured a talent show featuring local youth.
In the 16-and-over age group, Jake Burns took first place.
In the 10-15-year-old age group, Lexi Catalone took first place, Jacob Mosier took second place, and Abby Mosier and Lainee Swanson tied for third place.
Members of Crystal Fire Department, St. Marys Ambulance, St. Marys Police and fire police responded Sunday evening to a one-vehicle crash on Bucktail Road. Unconfirmed reports indicate a vehicle was traveling westbound toward St. Marys before reportedly running off the roadway and into a ditch. The call came in shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday. The accident happened near Vollmer Road.
JAMES CITY â€“ Nearly 100 people attended Saturdayâ€™s â€śHighland Township residents fight for clean water picnic,â€ť according to one of the event organizers, Marsha Buhl.
Buhl, a James City resident and member of an organization entitled â€śHighland Township Citizens Advocating a Clean Healthy Environmentâ€ť (CACHE), collected the names and addresses of most of those in attendance throughout the four hour event held at the fire hall in James City.
The City of St. Marys Police Department was approved to apply for two grants which would update equipment and help fund a new officer position.
An application was approved for the COPS Hiring Grant Program, administered through the U.S. Department of Justice, which would provide $125,000 over a three-year timeframe. This funding covers the $42,000 base salary for a new officer, however the city is responsible for benefit and retirement costs.
St. Marys City Council continues working toward its Early Intervention Program as they unanimously voted to award the project proposal.
The program helps municipalities develop comprehensive multi-year financial plans and establish short- and long-term financial objectives after reviewing the city's various departments, finances and inner workings of the city government.
With the passing of the 2014-15 St. Marys Area School District budget, several items were approved by the school board in conjunction with the budget.
They included the Retirement Reserve Fund budget with expenditures of $449,684. The fund budget is based on budgeted salaries of $11,178,623 for the 2013-14 fiscal year and an increase of 4.47 percent in the employer retirement contribution rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
State Route 120 between state Route 255 (South St. Marys Street) and Rock Street was scheduled to close Thursday night.
Officials at PennDOT said the closure would remain in effect for 24 hours a day until construction of this portion of the highway is complete. It is anticipated that it will be closed for four weeks.
The detour should have an impact on tractor-trailers coming into St. Marys. Signs erected indicate large truck traffic will only be able to access St. Marys Carbon, Keystone Powdered Metal, Gasbarre Sinterite Furnace, West Penn Power, Product Assurance and Custom Industrial.
The former St. Marys Country Club, located along South Michael Street, has reopened with a new name and a more community-oriented purpose. Now called The Highlands, the facility, which is owned by Mike Heiberger and Joe Schroeder, is no longer a private club and instead is open to the public.
This year the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) awarded a total of 122 scholarships to graduating area high school seniors totaling $153,540.
"The dollars given to these students will impact generations to come as these young adults begin to shape our communities. Donors who have established these scholarships are contributing to our future leaders," said Paula Fritz Eddy, ECCF executive director. "The Elk County Community Foundation Board extends their gratitude to those who have seen the need and believe in the youth of today."
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission are keeping a sharp eye on budget discussions in Harrisburg as the commonwealth's fiscal year draws to a close at the end of the month.
Preliminary reports from the state Capitol indicate the commonwealth is staring at a budget deficit in excess of $1 billion while across the country, state revenue is up 3.8 percent over last year, according to the National Association of State Budget Officials.