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April 2nd, 2015

Council addresses South Michael congestion

April 2, 2015

St. Marys City Council voted to formulate a plan to alleviate traffic congestion on a portion of South Michael Street, located near the Post Office, an area known as a choke point in downtown.
It is not uncommon for traffic to become bottlenecked on this stretch of roadway. Winter brings an added challenge as snow and ice build up along the curb narrowing the street even further.

April 1st

Fox supervisors allocate funds for paving projects

April 1, 2015

KERSEY – The Fox Township Supervisors approved various items during their regular Wednesday evening meeting.
The Elk County Commissioners are allocating $8,000 to each municipality for liquid fuels approved projects. Fox Township plans to utilize their allocation toward various paving projects.
The supervisors approved advertising for bids for dust, oil and paving once specifications are received for the paving projects.
Under unfinished business, the supervisors approved updated job descriptions for the water plant operator and roadmaster.

O'Leary enjoyed challenge of writing a play in 30 days

April 1, 2015

Through the New York City-based group The Brooklyn Generator, aspiring playwrights are faced with the challenge of writing a full-length play in a period of 30 days. While that might seem like an overwhelming task, St. Marys native Charlie O'Leary, who currently resides in NYC, was up for the challenge and was the group's Playwright of the Month in February.
O'Leary explained that he first became involved with The Brooklyn Generator last year through his friend, Ken Greller, who is also a playwright.

SR 120 project to start in Elk County

April 1, 2015

RIDGWAY – Roadway improvement work on Route 120 between Ridgway and St. Marys has begun.
PennDOT officials say the repairs will improve the ride quality of the roadway surface and extend the useful life of the pavement. This work was made possible by Act 89.
Contractors began milling the roadway throughout the day Wednesday.

Weather not cooperating with spring sports season

April 1, 2015

Even though the first official contests of the 2014-2015 spring sports season were scheduled for last week, the lingering winter weather has prevented any games from being played in town so far. As of Wednesday afternoon, a few inches of snow were still covering area fields, including Berwind Park. It remains to be seen when Mother Nature will cooperate and allow area teams to get their seasons underway.

March 31st

Winter weather forces road closures

March 31, 2015

A late-season snowstorm Tuesday dumped roughly six inches of heavy wet snow in some parts of Elk County as the area was plagued by several vehicle accidents and road closures.
State Route 219 was closed between Wilcox and Lantz Corners shortly before 10:30 a.m. as several tractor-trailers were stuck on the roadway.
Brynedale Hill on state Route 255 was closed at 10:57 a.m. due to dangerous road conditions and multiple tractor-trailers stuck on the roadway.

Website launched as part of planning project benefitting youth and seniors

March 31, 2015

The Stackpole-Hall Foundation is preparing to kick off its Long Range Planning project today and is seeking the input of current and former Elk County residents.
The purpose of the project is to gather ideas or suggestions from the community about supporting young people and senior citizens in Elk County.
By accessing the Ideascale website, found at, individuals will not only be able to submit their ideas but also vote on existing suggestions and make constructive comments on them. Individuals may only cast one vote per idea.

March 30th

Jury: Martin guilty of first-degree murder

March 30, 2015

RIDGWAY – After approximately four hours of deliberation Monday afternoon, a jury found Nicholas "Nick" Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, guilty of felony first-degree criminal homicide and the misdemeanor offense of abuse of a corpse in the 2013 death of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
This concludes a four-day trial in which Martin was charged with stabbing his then-girlfriend 112 times and dumping her body at Sandy Beach Recreational Park in Ridgway Township.
Families of both the victim and the defendant were tearful as the verdict was read.

ECC students take part in Broadway workshop

March 30, 2015

When Elk County Catholic High School's drama club made their annual two-day trip to New York City earlier this month, the students not only had the chance to see the city and take in a pair of Broadway shows, they also had the opportunity to take part in a workshop with a few members of the cast of "Phantom of the Opera."
Among the individuals with whom the students had the opportunity to work was Jim Weitzer, who they noted plays Andre in the Phantom performances Monday through Wednesday.

School bus involved in Route 6 crash

March 30, 2015

HAMLIN TWP. – A school bus carrying 12 Kane school students ranging from ages 5 to 17 was involved in a crash Monday morning in Hamlin Township on U.S. Route 6.
According to PSP Kane, Stella M. Dragoone, 44, of Smethport, was operating a 2015 Chrysler 200 eastbound on Route 6 in the area of Pine Drive in Hamlin Township.

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