June 16th, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ As part of the countyâ€™s Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee distribution, the Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday announced the winners of two $5,000 scholarships for students attending college or trade school for oil and gas industry studies.
â€śAs commissioners we get to perform some pleasant tasks and with the Act 13 funds from Marcellus Shale, itâ€™s been our honor to give two $5,000 scholarships each year to students who are going to study in the gas and oil field,â€ť said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer.
RIDGWAY TWP. â€“ Following a scheduled public hearing Tuesday, the Ridgway Township Supervisors approved the adoption of an oil and gas ordinance with a 2-1 vote.
The decision ends a nearly six-month process that the supervisors began in January to add regulations for the oil and gas industry within the township's zoning ordinance, which was originally adopted in 1981.
St. Marys interim co-City Manager Tim Brennen provided information and updates on road projects in the downtown St. Marys area during a meeting Monday night.
St. Marys City Councilman Gary Anderson inquired about the condition and the repair of a portion of state Route 255 located in downtown St. Marys in front of the Boys and Girls Club, situated adjacent to the railroad tracks. A small section of the road was washed away during a June 5 rainstorm. There is currently a large steel plate covering the damaged portion of the road.
As part of the Summer Reading Program at the St. Marys Public Library, programs geared toward middle school and high school students in sixth through 12th grade will be held on Tuesday afternoons at 3 p.m. The first program, a Jeopardy-type event called "Heroes Unmasked Trivia" will be held this afternoon. Programs will then continue each week through July 21.
St. Marys Public Library Director Leslie Swope explained that all of the events will have something to do with this year's Summer Reading Program theme, which is "Every hero has a story."
One of St. Marys' older homes was demolished Monday morningÂ in the 100 block of Church Street.
RIDGWAY â€“Â The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) No. 872 recognized Flag Day Sunday evening with a ceremony at 5 p.m. inside their lodge in Ridgway.
The Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1911 adopted mandatory observance of Flag Day. President Harry Truman in 1949 made a proclamation that June 14 would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our country.
During a recent St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors meeting, Superintendent Brian Toth offered updates on various district projects and other items.
One of the items Toth discussed was the need for physical education coverage at Fox Township and Bennetts Valley Elementary Schools.
Last year the district hired for the physical education position.
BENEZETTEÂ â€“Â The Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette was a busy place Saturday but the crowd that gathered at the site was not there solely to see the elk. Instead, individuals of all ages travelled to the site to see the vendors who were set up selling a wide variety of items that were all made within the Pennsylvania Wilds during the inaugural Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds Arts Fest.
On Sunday afternoon, local historian Ray Beimel hosted a walking tour of the downtown area as a fundraiser for the Heritage Preservation Group, which provides and maintains many of the flowers that decorate downtown St. Marys.
The group not only paused in front of historically significant sites, but Beimel also led them through some locations, such as Sacred Heart Church, while sharing some interesting tidbits of the community's history.
UNIVERSITY PARK â€” STATE CHAMPS.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team captured the 2015 PIAA Class A Softball championship Friday afternoon at Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park on the campus of Penn State University by defeating the Conemaugh Valley Lady Blue Jays 7-0.
Abbey Bauer threw a no-hitter for Elk Catholic. She went all seven innings walking two, hitting one and striking out five.
"Abbey (Bauer) threw a great game and the defense behind her played extremely well," said ECCHS coach Digger O'Dell.