June 24th, 2012
Bob Coppolo of Weedville said when he was recently approached by gas company representatives seeking access to his land, he balked at the idea of signing on the dotted line without first reading through the fine print.
"I was approached by at least two different companies. One guy had an easement and wanted me to sign it. I said, 'I'm not signing it, I want to read it,'" Coppolo said.
Coppolo equated the signing of an easement, a legal agreement which grants gas companies access to a landowner's acreage, with "signing your property away."
St. Marys City Council has approved the termination of a 16-foot land and water line easement which cuts through Mersen property.
City Manager Dave Greene explained the city has a 1.1-acre tract of land, also known as Environmental Drive, on which they built a road. For this reason, as far as the city is concerned, they do not need the water line easement, which is on Mersen's property, he said.
A fire early Saturday morning claimed the life of an 89-year-old Ridgway woman and destroyed a Center Street home.
A preliminary investigation has not yet determined the cause of the fire; however, officials are saying it is not suspected to be arson.
No school and warm weather bring out the bicycles, and both young and old alike should be reminded of some common-sense practices for safe riding.
David Marconi and Drew Lehman, patrolmen with the City of St. Marys Police Department, said there is one hard-and-fast rule that parents and youngsters need to remember.
"The first thing is, kids 12 and under are required by law to wear helmets," Marconi said. "We encourage everybody to wear a bike helmet, but 12 and under are required to [by state law]."
He said kids riding scooters should also wear helmets for their protection.
Stephan Hoyt Stump, 41, of Rose St., Johnsonburg, died Thursday, June, 21, 2012 at UPMC Presbyterian of Pittsburgh following a short illness.
He was born Feb. 4, 1971 in Ridgway, the son of Clifford Stump and Barbara (Redmond) Kronenwetter.
Stephan was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1989, and attended Penn State main campus for several years. He lived most of his life in Johnsonburg, spending some time in DuBois, the Poconos and State College.
Mary E. â€śBettyâ€ť McAlee, 92, of The Lutheran Home, Kane, died Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the home after a short illness.
She was born March 17, 1920 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Jonah and Annie (Williams) Davies.
On July 15, 1941, she married Peter â€śWootsâ€ť McAlee. He preceded her in death on May 14, 1999.
Mary Elvie Kemmer Hollobaugh, 98, of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 983 Theresia St., St. Marys, died on Saturday evening, June 23, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born Dec. 30, 1913 in Brockport, a daughter of the late John and Nancy Ann Timblin Reed. On May 6, 1949 in St. Marys Rectory, she married the late William A. Hollobaugh, who preceded her in death on March 6, 2007.
Just in time for Fatherâ€™s Day, the ninth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival was held last weekend in Avon, Ohio, known as the â€śDuct Tape Capital of the World.â€ť At the event, duct-tape lovers could find just about any kind of duct-tape creation, including clothing, parade floats, and sculptures. This yearâ€™s theme, â€śDuck Tape on Safari,â€ť celebrated the Duck Tape brand by hosting a scavenger hunt, an arts and crafts tent to create safari gear, a parade and a free animal show by a local animal expert.
ST. MARYS â€“ Work to improve a section of state Route 255 in St. Marys and Fox Township that began the first week of June is continuing on schedule, according to Marla Fannin, community relations coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation's District 2, based in Clearfield.
Fannin said although some complaints were received last week regarding congestion at the traffic light at Walmart SuperCenter in Fox Township, that issue has been resolved.
The Marcellus Shale activity now ubiquitous in Jay Township was the subject of much discussion during Thursday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, with some calling on the board to enact greater oversight of industry activities, companies, and personnel operating within the township.
Bob Coppolo of Weedville urged the board of supervisors to create an ordinance requiring companies and subcontractors to register with the township and formally announce their presence and intentions.