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Residents voice concerns over road damage from truck traffic

May 21, 2015

Although EQT Corp. is only two weeks into hauling water from its drilling well site in Jay Township, residents and supervisors report the heavy truck traffic has already made its mark on the township roads.
Several residents at Thursday evening's Jay Township Supervisors meeting voiced their concern about the condition of Mt. Zion Road which they said has sustained significant damage from constant truck traffic.
The Pittsburgh-based natural gas producing company currently operates its Longhorn C1 well pad on Grey Hill Road.

Supervisors announce open board vacancies

May 21, 2015

The Jay Township Supervisors approved the transfer of Act 13 funds to purchase three GP-11 permits at a cost of $7,499.63.
The permit consists of a submerged license agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection which allows the township to perform maintenance, testing, repair, rehabilitation or replacement of water obstructions and encroachments.
The township plans to remove stone and other items from the creek which was a result of last year's May flooding.

Memorial Day plans finalized

May 21, 2015

The Memorial Day Committee has announced completed plans for the annual observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.
The day's activities will begin at 8 a.m. with graveside services by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1047 in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at the graveside of World War II veteran Aurelius J. Herzing.
Similar services will be conducted at the gravesite of World War II veteran David "Bud" Silvis in the Protestant Cemetery on Washington Street. The public is invited and urged to attend these impressive ceremonies which emulate the true meaning of Memorial Day.

VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"

May 21, 2015

VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"
Letterman has a star-studded finale

Students lend a hand conducting various fundraisers

May 20, 2015

This group of St. Marys Area Middle School students including Student Council members, class officers and others assisted with conducting numerous fundraisers held at the school benefitting local organizations and projects.

SMAMS conducts annual Day of Giving

May 20, 2015

Dickinson Mental Health, the Pulsera Project, Elk County Humane Society, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh are just some of the organizations benefitting from student fundraising efforts at St. Marys Area Middle School this year.
The school recently held their annual Day of Giving assembly in which Student Council representatives along with seventh- and eighth-grade class officers presented checks to organization representatives in front of the student body.

State auditor general talks audit findings during visit

May 20, 2015

Eugene DePasquale, current auditor general of Pennsylvania, visited the area Wednesday to discuss his office's recent findings.
"We're lucky enough to have good stories about what we do and how some of the things we do can help the state budget as well as all over the state, and the kids as well," he said. "Many of the things that we find, I have to come and tell the story because the leverage of the auditor general is the soapbox; we do the audits but they're not mandated so we have get our work out to the public."

Flags placed at veterans' graves

May 20, 2015

For the first time in a few years, there was no threat of rain Wednesday night as volunteers gathered at both the Catholic and Protestant cemeteries to place flags at the graves of deceased members of the armed forces.
"It's a little cool, but it's nice," said Tom Price, Sergeant-in-Charge of the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail.

CAPSEA to host Incredible Years workshop

May 20, 2015

RIDGWAY – CAPSEA, Inc. (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse), through funding provided by the Elk County Children and Youth Services, will be hosting a free 12-week Incredible Years workshop series that will be open to parents in Elk and Cameron counties.
This particular workshop series provided by CAPSEA will focus on parents with children between ages 2 and 8, but Billie Jo Weyant, CAPSEA executive director, said that CAPSEA plans to expand the program in the future to cover kids of all ages.

Quesenberry top vote-getter in county race

May 20, 2015

Incumbent Republican Elk County Commissioners Dan Freeburg and Jan Kemmer won the nomination in Tuesday's primary election.
They will be on the ballot in November alongside Democrats Matt Quesenberry and Ron Beimel.
Quesenberry, director of the county's planning department and a member of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors, had a strong showing from his fellow Democrats with 1,494 votes. He garnered the most votes in the commissioners race overall.

Community pool opening soon

May 20, 2015

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, the St. Marys Community Pool is preparing to open for its summer season.
Weather permitting, the pool will be open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 1-5 p.m. It will then be closed Tuesday through Friday next week before opening again for the weekend, with hours of operation once again being 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. The pool will then close again until it opens for the summer on Saturday, June 6.

Students' trees continue to thrive

May 20, 2015

This year marked the eighth in a row that the Shade Tree Commission has given fourth grade students in St. Marys tree saplings in conjunction with Arbor Day. What made the occasion extra special is that this also marks the year when the very first group of students to receive trees will graduate from high school.
Rick Gabler, a member of the Shade Tree Commission and an instructor at St. Marys Area High School, recently polled 42 of the seniors at SMAHS and found that the trees given to nearly one fifth of that small sampling of students were still alive and thriving.

Council presented update on Penn Highlands Elk status

May 19, 2015

A lengthy discussion took place about the status of the Penn Highlands Elk (PHE) hospital facility during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting. PHE President Rose Campbell presented a wide variety of information to council which was followed by questions and comments from members of council and the audience.
Joining Campbell at the meeting was Raymond Graeca, Penn Highlands chief executive officer.

Authority looking at abutting property

May 19, 2015

RIDGWAY – The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is looking at the possibility of purchasing property that abuts their current piece of land in St. Marys that will be used for a new recycling center.
They previously purchased roughly 1.3 acres from North Central Enterprise for $11,000. St. Marys Holdings reportedly owns land abutting the property and is in the process of developing the site. There is a 1.879 acre parcel of land that will not be used in the development that is being offered to the authority.

May is National Mental Health Month celebrated

May 18, 2015

RIDGWAY – May was proclaimed National Mental Health Month in 2013 by President Barack Obama in an effort to bring the issue of mental health to the forefront of the country's thoughts.
Kathy Kroeger, administrator for Cameron and Elk Counties Behavioral and Developmental Programs, highlighted various mental health issues Monday morning during a presentation.

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