April 8th, 2011
While the potential move from the current 911 Center along Boot Jack Road in Ridgway Township to the borough at the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC] facility has raised questions, officials are insisting the move is a good one.
"With our move to the ITEC facility, it's obviously a good choice and a good move to make," said Michael A. McAllister, director of Elk County's emergency services office. "There is some skepticism out there in the public questioning why we have to move and we're being told that what we have is fine and that we don't need any of this."
The Bunny Hop, a 5K run/walk to raise money to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, will be held rain or shine on Saturday, April 23, with the event beginning and ending at Benzinger Park in St. Marys.
According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation's website, the organization is the "world's only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures."
The U.S. housing market, which has been in a slump for several years, is headed for a recovery-- once the employment picture brightens.
This is the forecast from Bob Berg, a State College resident who is an operating partner for Atlas Holdings, LLC and a founding member of the Resource Information Systems International (RISI).
Berg was the guest speaker Thursday at the Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum at the Kane Country Club.
Nora Regina Carpin, 94, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died Friday, April 1, 2011 at Treasure Coast Hospice, Fort Pierce, Fla.â€¨Born in Ridgway, Nora was a resident of Port St. Lucie for 33 years, moving from Kersey.â€¨Before retirement, Nora was an elementary and remedial reading teacher with the St. Marys Area School District.â€¨Her husband, Thomas A. Carpin, superintendent of schools for the St. Marys Area School District, preceded her in death.â€¨She is survived by a son, Brent Carpin and his wife Beverly of Port St.
A tax increase of .58 mills, equal to an additional $14.50 per year in real estate taxes, is being proposed by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors for the 2011-2012 school year. Currently a property owner with a $50,000 home is paying $794.50 per year for school real estate taxes. This would increase to $809 for next year.
Superintendent Ann Kearney provided several options to school board members Thursday evening during their monthly workshop, where she presented the district's preliminary budget for 2011-2012.
Businesses in Elk County should take note of a grant program offered through the PA Wilds Planning Team. The team is now accepting applications for its Business Signage Grant Program.
Now in its second year, the program is designed to help small businesses in the 12-county Wilds region improve the look of their storefronts, providing "curb appeal" that enhances the overall look of their communities and attracts customers.
Together with visiting artists, seventh grade students at St. Marys Catholic Middle School are finishing a multi-faceted project intertwining literature, art and history to reflect the experiences and strengths of the local community.
The individuals involved in the Artists in Residency program include P.J. Piccirillo, a writer, author and poet from Brockport, and Bernie Wilkie, a muralist/painter from Pittsburgh. Ray Beimel, local St. Marys historian, is also assisting with various aspects of the program.
The second annual Kick the Crap Out of MS Outhouse Races will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Market Street in St. Marys. Kevin O'Leary, event organizer, recently addressed members of the St. Marys City Council to request the city's assistance with the event.
WILCOX â€“ Ridgway native Bruce Gess, owner of Bubba's Bait and Tackle located at 453 Marvin St., Wilcox, is busy getting ready for the start of this year's fishing season.
Bubba's Bait and Tackle offers a large variety of bait and tackle and is conveniently located in prime fishing territory.
â€śThere are a lot of places to fish in the area,â€ť Gess said. â€śTwin Lakes, the East Branch Dam and the Clarion River are right down the road, and there are many great creeks and streams, too.â€ť
Emma M. Minnick, 99, of 318 John St., where she resided with her niece, and formerly of 136 Diamond St., St. Marys, diedÂ on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
She was born Aug. 24, 1911 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Louis and Anna Blessel Lecker.
In September of 1930, in St. Mary's Church, she married the late Charles H. Minnick, who preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1985.Â