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March 30th, 2014

City defends stormwater plan

March 30, 2014

The City of St. Marys continues to defend its stormwater management plan with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
On March 3, the city received a response from the DEP in reference to changes the city submitted as part of the Act 167 stormwater management plan ordinance in September.
City Solicitor Tom Wagner previously stated the city's draft ordinance is different from the Elk County Stormwater Plan, already approved by the DEP, because "it is more liberal in terms of exempting ordinary residential properties and having less stringent requirements on small construction."

Traffic, road problems continue to plague city

March 30, 2014

Members of St. Marys City Council have received numerous complaints regarding deteriorating road conditions on both state and local roads, most of which are due to construction or are weather related.
City Councilman Gary Anderson asked what PennDOT's reaction was to council's inquiring about road conditions at the intersection on State Street, Arch Street, Mill Street and Vine Road.

2 cows die in Fox Twp. barn fire

March 30, 2014

FOX TWP. – Two Holstein steer cows perished Saturday night in a Fox Township fire that destroyed a barn.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township Fire Department) and Elk Company 5 (Jay Township Fire Department) responded at 8:32 p.m. to 615 Byrnedale Rd. in Fox Township along with Fox Township Ambulance. The property is owned by 66-year-old Edward J. Benevich of Weedville.

March 28th

Traffic signals adjusted due to construction

March 28, 2014

As work on the state Route 255 project continues in the area between Vine Street and State Street, questions and rumors can be heard around town related to a number of issues, including the traffic signals at the Vine Street and Arch Street intersections.
With Vine Street currently closed due to the installation of water and sewer lines, one frequently discussed topic relates to why the traffic signal at that intersection continues to function instead of simply flashing yellow until the intersection with Vine Street reopens.

Area could benefit from state grant

March 28, 2014

RIDGWAY – Earlier this month, the state Department of Labor and Industry, in partnership with the Department of Community and Economic Development [DCED] announced a new grant opportunity-- the Pa. Jobs1st Regional Partnership.
Governor Tom Corbett created the initiative as a way to better connect local workforce investment boards together with Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance [PREP] partners.

First area craft distillery plans to open April 9

March 28, 2014

KANE – Kane natives and longtime friends Sam Cummings Jr. and Tom Jones are embarking on a joint business venture-- the first of its kind in the area.
CJ Spirits, which bears the initials of its partners, is state licensed as the first "craft distillery" in Northwest Pennsylvania.
Using shiny new distillery equipment, CJ Spirits plans to soon produce its first batch of vodka for its opening set for Wednesday, April 9.
As just the 11th "craft distillery" licensed under a new state law, CJ Spirits will be both producing and selling products at its 2,500-square-foot complex on Willow Run. 

March 27th

Education opportunities key for region

March 27, 2014

RIDGWAY – House Bill 1701 may be the answer to a lot of problems throughout the area.
The legislation aims to create a rural community college pilot program serving an 11-county region of northwest and north central Pennsylvania.
Its sister legislation, Senate Bill 1000, passed with flying colors, 42-4.
"We're not going to go out and build a lot of infrastructure, it's not about bricks and mortar," said Bob Esch, a McKean County industry representative for the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board of directors.

Animation brings students ideas to life

March 27, 2014

Students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School let their imaginations run wild as they recently created various stop motion animation videos as part of a four-week artist in residency program.
Visiting artist Annie Schmitt of Box of Light Studios in Erie worked primarily with fifth-graders during their science, art and periodic reading classes as they incorporated their knowledge of the solar system into short videos.

Online classes available through OBTT

March 27, 2014

Online classes are currently being offered to all Pennsylvania residents through the Online Broadband and Technology Training [OBTT] program, sponsored through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development [DCED].
Enrollment in courses opened up in February of this year and all courses will tentatively be available until the end of 2014.

James A. Keneske

March 27, 2014

James A. Keneske, 89, of Long Level Road, Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys after a short illness.
He was born Aug. 6, 1924 in Johnsonburg, son of the late James G. and Bernice M. King Keneske.
On July 18, 1953, he married Ellen R. Stubber who preceded him in death on June 2, 2002.

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