March 18th, 2014
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved for the city to apply for the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Early Intervention Program (EIP).
The program provides matching grant funds to assist municipalities experiencing fiscal difficulties to develop comprehensive multi-year financial plans and establish short and long-term financial objectives.
It offers up to $100,000 for 50 percent of total project costs for the development and implementation of multi-year financial management programs and strategies.
St. Marys Catholic Middle School students are set to perform the energetic, uplifting musical "Godspell, Jr." in which the parables of Jesus Christ come to life with abundant humanity and heart. Showtime is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Elk County Catholic High School auditorium.
RIDGWAY â€“ Ernest Mattiuz Jr. of Kersey, elected to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's board of directors in late 2013, presented a spring legislative update Tuesday morning during an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting.
The bureau designates the second week of March on an annual basis as local government affairs week. The presentation sought to inform elected officials of current legislative issues currently being addressed by the state farm bureau.
Vincent N. "Vinny" Scarano, 50, of 623 Suismon Ave., Pittsburgh, and formerly of Johnsonburg, died early Sunday morning, March 16, 2014 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born on Aug. 24, 1963 in Ridgway, son of Julia Robinson Scarano and the late Nicholas Scarano.
He resided in Pittsburgh for the last 20 years.
He graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1981. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg. He had worked at Treasure Lake in DuBois as a Time Share salesman. He had also worked for ZEP Cleaning Products.
The second floor of City Hall will be undergoing security modifications in the near future as members of St. Marys City Council approved a $15,000 project on Monday evening during their regular meeting.
The project entails installing a glass wall upon entering the lobby area which would limit access to the entire floor without first being buzzed in by an employee. A new access and camera system will also be incorporated in the project.
Brian Hillard has resigned from the Kane Borough Police Department.
Hillard, 43, the Kane police chief since 2003, has been suspended without pay since September after he was charged with two counts of falsifying state documents related to firearms training.
RIDGWAY â€“Â The Ridgway YMCA's recent request for the borough to sign on as a host entity for their upcoming $1.6 million renovation project was approved by a 4-3 vote during Monday evening's council meeting.
Councilmen Rich Parrish, Sam MacDonald, Frank Quattrone and J.R. Geitner approved the borough's signing of the cooperation agreement while councilmen Steve Keener, John Casolo Jr. and council president Ralph Dussia cast negative votes.
St. Marys Area sophomore Allie Wonderling brought home a medal from the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.
On Saturday Wonderling placed fifth in the Class AA diving competition with a total of 378.95 points in the finals.
A steady crowd was on hand throughout Saturday at the 2014 Business Expo held at the Red Fern. The four-hour event, sponsored by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce andThe River 98.9, provided visitors with an opportunity to peruse services and products available from area businesses. Among the 40 plus vendors were educational and banking institutions, organizations and several businesses ranging from construction and home repair/renovation businesses, computer technicians, healthcare, outdoors, real estate, jewelry, insurance, law enforcement, as well as a winery and travel agency.
Penn Highlands Healthcare is working with an independent emergency medicine physician group to assist with provider staffing in three of the system's emergency departments, including Penn Highlands Elk.
This practice, however, has no adverse impacts on emergency department physicians currently employed at the facility and is in place only to assure a full complement of physicians, according to hospital officials.