July 27th, 2012
ST. MARYS - Thursday afternoon's big storm cut across Elk and nearby counties, leaving downed trees, power lines, and debris in its wake. As of press time Friday, some county residents were still without power. Many Verizon Wireless customers lost service from the time the storm hit, and service was restored around 3:15 p.m. Friday.
In preparation of the entrance into elementary school, 106 students from throughout the St. Marys Area School District recently participated in Dickinson Center, Inc.'s (DCI) Kindergarten Readiness Program.
The free six-week program was open to any incoming kindergartener at South St. Marys Street, Fox Township or Bennetts Valley elementary schools. Dickinson staff conducted four different sessions, each being held two days a week for 2.5 hours each. The program took place at SSMSE.
The workers in the St. Marys shops of the Pittsburg, Shawmut, and Northern Railroad, over time, earned quite a reputation for the quality of their work, according to local historian Ray Beimel.
During a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center, Beimel explained that the railroad's shops were at one time located where the Depot Street parking garage currently stands.
Beimel remarked that while the appearance of the buildings was not impressive, the quality of the work conducted there was top-notch.
ST. MARYS - Stoltz Family Dealerships is again conducting a voter-driven giveaway to area charities this year, and the company is also increasing the amount of money to be donated.
In celebration of the automobile sales and service company's 26 years of doing business with the regionâ€™s communities, Stoltz plans to give away $26,000. Last year, it gave $25,000 in celebration of 25 years of service.
Co-owner Steve Stoltz said last year's contest proved to be "very popular."
Project Gifts for Elk County is presenting the second Antique and Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bavarian Hills in St. Marys.
Participants must provide a new toy at registration, and in return for the donation a commemorative pin will be given. All street vehicles are welcome and participants are invited to come enjoy a day of fun to support a good cause and refreshments and hot dogs. The first 50 cars will receive a dash plaque.
Directors of the Elk County Conservation District are considering the purchase of a second water monitoring website database to coincide with the one currently used for the Elk County Monitoring Project.
The Elk County Monitoring Project's website, powered by NexSens Technology, relays data from satellite telemetry systems installed within the streams and watersheds of Elk County.
According to Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine, the current database is limited to its 11 satellite telemetry systems that are expected to be completely installed by the end of summer.
JOHNSONBURG - Criminal charges have been filed in district court against a father and son for their alleged respective roles in arsons perpetrated in Johnsonburg and Ridgway in 2008 and most recently in 2012.
Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, and Anthony Karl Milliard, 28, both of Ridgway, have been charged with multiple counts of felony arson and related offenses, felony criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief, recklessly endangering another person, insurance fraud, and disorderly conduct.
Got some loose change lying around the house? Northwest Savings Bank branches in St. Marys, Ridgway and Johnsonburg are collecting unwanted Canadian currency to benefit the Elk County Humane Society.
Members of the Crystal Fire Department responded to a call at Elk Regional Health Center on Thursday evening. Firefighters quickly got to work on a third-floor portion of the building where they doused a fire on the structure's roof. Shown above is the CFD's snorkel truck in use as a firefighter hands off equipment to a fellow firefighter, and below is a firefighter running hose. According to reports, patients were never in any danger and the fire was quickly contained.
ST. MARYS - The Elk County Tax Collection Committee met Wednesday at the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway to further discuss measures involved in replacing Elk County's current earned income tax (EIT) collector following the firm's breach of contract.
CENTAX was contracted to collect and disburse earned income tax monies to Elk County municipalities following the standardization of that state's earned income tax system under Act 32, which mandated one EIT collector per county as well as the formation of county tax collection committees.