July 11th, 2012
The St. Marys Water Authority is changing some of the options available for paying water bills.
Effective July 1, the authority is no longer accepting in-person payments at the First Commonwealth Bank branches in St. Marys and Kersey. In-person payments may now be made only at St. Marys City Hall, 11 Lafayette St., at the sewer office window on the first floor.
Dwight Hoare, manager of the St. Marys Water Authority, said the change came due to the bankâ€™s plan to increase collection costs for accepting water payments at the beginning of the month.
ST. MARYS - The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal, St. Marys City Police Department and the Crystal Fire Department report investigating the origin and cause
of a fire that occurred at 11:32 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012 at the residence of Michael Scolari, 333 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys. The fire destroyed a 1999 Coleman camping trailer parked in the driveway of the residence. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson and remains under investigation. Damage is estimated at $6,000. There were no injuries.
ST. MARYS - Adult Day Services, a Community Nurses-licensed facility, located at 625 Maurus St., will be holding a bake sale on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. in an effort to encourage members of the community to come and check out the facility.
Signs will be posted near both the Maurus and Louis street entrances to the parking lot in an effort to direct visitors to the building. Adult Day Services staff will be parking at Elk County Catholic High School in order to free up parking spots, but individuals can also park at ECC and walk over as well.
Martha (Marty) Thomas Ryan, 87, of East Second Street, Emporium, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a brief illness.
She was born July 13, 1924 on Whittimore Hill, just outside of Emporium, the fourth youngest of 12 children of the late Jackson and Clara Thomas.
On May 24, 1947 in Emporium, she married Joseph G. Ryan Jr., who died June 5, 1988.
She was a graduate of Emporium High School and was a veteran of WWII, having served as a Paymaster Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Marjorie Elaine Rhines Zimmerman, 86, formerly of 67 Luray Drive, Ridgway, experienced her final homecoming on Saturday, July 7, 2012.
She was born in Hallton, June 6, 1926, the daughter of Jay R. Rhines and Mary Lapham Rhines Hutchins. She married Robert LaRue Zimmerman on Sept. 11, 1948, in Ridgway. He predeceased her March 25, 2005.
She enjoyed reading, especially her Bible, music and spending time with family and friends.
FOX TWP. - "It turned out to be a fiasco," said Charles Bloam III, tax collector for the City of St. Marys, in describing the realization of Pennsylvania's Act 32 requiring counties to consolidate the collection of earned income tax (EIT) to a single collector.
The recent breakdown of the county's contract with CENTAX, the firm contracted to collect and disburse earned income tax to local municipalities and school districts, has highlighted difficulties associated with the state's Act 32 legislation.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Fire Chief Bob Dickey updated the Johnsonburg Borough Council during their regular meeting Monday on two fires that as of recent have been a cause for alarm to many of the residents within the borough of Johnsonburg and surrounding areas.
The first fire Dickey touched on was at the Old Johnsonburg Hotel along East Center Street that was reported to have ignited at approximately 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 28.
Leander C. Meyer, 75, of 185 Center St., Elk Towers, St. Marys, and formerly of 871 Vine Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday morning, July 10, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born Nov. 16, 1936 in St. Marys, son of the late James and Regina Young Meyer.
On Nov. 14, 1959, in the Queen of the World Church, he married Margaret â€śMargieâ€ť Koch, who preceded him in death on March 3, 2009.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1955. He was a retired employee of the Keystone Carbon Company.
FOX TWP. - A special meeting of the Elk County Tax Collection Committee was held Monday at the Fox Township Municipal Building in response to the failure of a tax collection firm contracted by the county to collect and distribute earned income tax (EIT) to its school districts and municipalities in accordance with Act 32 legislation.
The Fox Township Supervisors discussed details of a proposed policy for use of the Fox Twp. Community Building during their most recent meeting.
Supervisor Dave Mattiuz said he had Kathy Dowie, township secretary, draw up a policy in order to have information pertaining to the building's use in one document.
"I think in general it looks like a pretty good policy," Mattiuz said, adding Dowie did a good job on the document.