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March 25th, 2012

Wagner to draft city oil and gas ordinance

March 25, 2012

St. Marys City Solicitor Tom Wagner was approved to draft an ordinance for the Planning Commission's review to bring the city's oil and gas ordinance in compliance with new state regulations.
"I think it's doable to amend the zoning ordinance in a sensible fashion to incorporate all the restrictions the state law now imposes on land use regulations for oil and gas development," Wagner said. "I think you can amend your zoning ordinance effectively."
City Council voted unanimously on the issue during its recent meeting.

DDCC presents showcase

March 25, 2012

April School of Dance presented the Dynamic Dance Competition Company (DDCC) Showcase on Sunday afternoon at ECCHS. The company, overseen by artistic director Jennifer Blankenship of Kane, performed a total of 15 pieces, including six solos. DDCC consists of 18 dancers ranging in age from 9-18 years old who are divided into three different companies. The group recently concluded their competition season.

March 23rd

Ginther throws perfect game in Lady Dutch win over Ridgway

March 23, 2012

RIDGWAY - St. Marys Area softball pitcher Rachel Ginther had a perfect start to her season.
Ginther threw a perfect game against the Lady Elkers in an 18-0, 5-inning win over Ridgway Friday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Ginther struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced and had a stretch of five strikeouts in a row from the second until the fourth innings.
"With Rachel throwing a perfect game, you can't ask for much more," St. Marys Area coach Manny Gerarge said. "It's a good way to start the season."

Lady Crusader softball opens season with 10-0 victory

March 23, 2012

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team opened their season Friday by traveling to Bradford, where they defeated the Bradford Lady Owls 10-0 in a five-inning contest.
Taylor Schlimm threw a one-hitter for Elk Catholic while striking out 13 batters.
“Taylor was dominant today,” noted ECCHS coach Joe Coroso. “She struck out 13 of the 17 batters she faced.”
“Our hitting was slow to start, but improved as the game progressed. It was also very balanced throughout the lineup,” said Coroso.

Local trucking outfits feel the pinch of gas prices

March 23, 2012

With gas prices nearing or topping $4 per gallon across the country, the financial strain placed on individuals and small businesses alike is worsening. With the rising price of gasoline slowing the economic recovery of industries, the commercial transport industry has been among the hardest hit. Commercial transport companies are treading on uncertain ground as fuel prices threaten their bottom lines and squeeze their profit margins.

Northwest Savings Bank donates to St. Marys Public Library

March 23, 2012

As part of their celebration for the 10th anniversary of their office in downtown St. Marys, Northwest Savings Bank made a $500 donation to the St. Marys Public Library on Thursday morning to mark the occasion.
"We were trying to look over all of how we could benefit the community more as a whole, and we knew there were some projects going on at the library that needed some funding, such as the e-books," said Russ Daniels, assistant branch manager at Northwest Savings Bank's downtown St. Marys office.

Dance company earns top awards

March 23, 2012

From silver tap-dancing aliens to dancers perched atop a six-foot wall, such unique routines have consistently ranked among the judges' favorites during this year's competition season of the Dynamic Dance Competition Company, an 18-member troop from April School of Dance in St. Marys.
The group, overseen by artistic director Jennifer Blankenship of Kane, recently concluded their season, during which they brought home a myriad of top-place trophies.

March 22nd

Officials probe Jay Twp. audit discrepancy

March 22, 2012

Discrepancies with a recent audit of Jay Township accounts was brought to the attention of officials at Thursday's meeting of the board of supervisors. Supervisor Murray K. Lilley claimed that the township's general fund balance as shown on the 2011 audit exceeds the actual total held by the township as of the end of the fiscal year by roughly $105,000.
"It starts out showing that we had cash investments of $251,492 as of Dec. 31 [2011] when we only had $146,000," Lilley said.

Midnight showing of 'The Hunger Games' draws a crowd

March 22, 2012

The warm and sunny weather Thursday evening made for a perfect night to enjoy some time outside, which is exactly what many area youth did as they waited in line outside the Apollo Theatre hoping to score tickets to the midnight showing of "The Hunger Games."
"I've been seeing people arrive since around 3 p.m.," said theater owner Alyson Lynch. "They got out of school, got something to eat real fast, and then they came right back down here."
Tickets were scheduled to go on sale at 7:30 p.m., and by 7 p.m. a line of close to 100 people was along the sidewalk outside the building.

Capital campaign designed to rejuvenate the YMCA

March 22, 2012

In an effort to make the Ridgway YMCA more available and feasible to the community, the YMCA will begin their capital campaign to raise $1.5 million to expand the aquatic and fitness center.
“The state is making it a requirement to have to meet ADA standards,” said Michelle Bogacki, a YMCA board member. “The pool itself is $800,000 so we decided to expand to whole wing because the YMCA is at full capacity now.”
The capital campaign will kick off in April to help raise funds to restore the pool and add on to the fitness wing.

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