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Fire companies battle Johnsonburg fire

November 25, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – A fire broke out Tuesday evening at the old fire station along East Center Street in Johnsonburg across from Kwik Fill and Kopper Kettle.
The building, located at 1049 East Center St., reportedly houses apartment units.
Initial reports confirmed heavy smoke coming from the building.

Tour highlights living quarters, Academy building

November 25, 2014

During the tours of St. Joseph Monastery this past weekend, attendees had the opportunity to walk the hallways and see the empty rooms that were once the living quarters of the Benedictine Sisters.
The first set of living quarters that the tour groups came upon were located in the 1934 building, and local historian Ray Beimel, who hosted each of the tours, noted that in later years one end of that hallway was used as an infirmary.

Signage program may be only option for new signs

November 25, 2014

Council tabled discussion about replacing Elk County Industrial Park directional signs.
City Manager Dave Greene explained the Tourism Oriented Directional Signs (TODS). In an effort to research funding options for new signs directing drivers to the industrial park, Greene explained PennDOT has turned over attraction signs to Pa. Tourism Signing Trust, who has complete control over all directional signs.

County responds to borough recycling decision

November 25, 2014

RIDGWAY – During Tuesday's Elk County Solid Waste Authority board meeting, the authority board members expressed displeasure over the recent discontinuation of the curbside recycling program in the Ridgway Borough.
The Ridgway Borough Council voted during its November meeting to discontinue the curbside recycling program that had been within the borough since 1991.

Budget sees cost savings in insurance

November 24, 2014

A cut in city insurance rates helped lower the expenditures in the 2015 City of St. Marys preliminary budget of $7,524,053 which was unanimously adopted with no tax increase Monday evening by City Council.
Council's fourth and final budget meeting was brief as Carol Muhitch, city finance director, briefly explained a change in the budget.
According to Muhitch, late Friday she received a quote for insurances covering auto, liability, property and workers' compensation, and there was a "substantial savings."

Sisters had unique talents, shared in community chores

November 24, 2014

During the second stop of the tour of St. Joseph Monastery, which was hosted by local historian Ray Beimel over the weekend, attendees had a chance to see the community room, which had been a gathering place for all of the Sisters.
"There used to be tables, sofas, chairs, and in later days a widescreen TV," Beimel said.

Cookie thief gets five years on multiple cases

November 24, 2014

RIDGWAY – William J. Gnan was sentenced Monday to 18-60 months of incarceration in a state correctional facility for multiple felony charges.
Gnan had four separate cases consolidated for sentencing purposes, including a June 29 burglary in which he stole a tin of cookies from St. Leo Church after entering through a basement window.

Conservation District lauds McMinn for years of service

November 24, 2014

RIDGWAY – Ron McMinn, a director on the Elk County Conservation District's board of directors for 44 years, has decided to retire, making Monday's board meeting the last that he will serve as an active director.
McMinn, who started his work with the conservation district in 1970, said that it was time to step down so that some younger people could come onto the board.
"I felt it's time for younger blood to come, and I'm a firm believer of that," he said.

Ridgway man sentenced on multiple charges

November 24, 2014

RIDGWAY – Richard Alan Poage of Ridgway appeared in Elk County Court Monday for sentencing in four cases.
Poage entered a plea of "nolo contendere" or no contest for a felony charge of receiving stolen property. With the entry of a no contest plea, the defendant neither admits guilt nor disputes the evidence.
It is alleged that Poage came to be in possession of an ATV belonging to Scott Lowe. He was sentenced to 15-48 months of incarceration in a state correctional facility with credit for time served of 143 days.

Numerous topics covered by council

November 23, 2014

St. Marys City Council unanimously approved awarding a bid in the amount of $31,564 for analytical services at the wastewater treatment.
Lad Kornacki, wastewater treatment plant chief operator, said the services are for tests and parameters they do not run in-house.
Bid proposals were sent out Sept. 24. Four out of six labs submitted bids for the project.
The bid was awarded to Analytical Services of Brockway who was the lowest bidder.

Bear season opens with 'average' harvest

November 23, 2014

MT. JEWETT – Len Groshek, Land Management Group Supervisor and Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, described the harvest on the first day of bear season as being "average," with 66 animals having been processed at the bear check station located at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall as of 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Convent tours draw around 600 attendees

November 23, 2014

A total of just over 600 people attended one of the three tours of St. Joseph Monastery hosted by local historian Ray Beimel this past weekend, and the tours gave community members of all ages the opportunity to get a firsthand look at many of the places that made up the daily lives of the Benedictine Sisters who lived at the facility.
The first stop on the tour was the convent chapel, which is located in the newest building in the complex, having been constructed in 1934. The current chapel, Beimel noted, is actually the second chapel to be built at the convent.

Living Nativity adds to spirit of Christmas

November 21, 2014

A Living Nativity drew visitors throughout Friday evening as part of St. Marys' annual Light Up Night celebration.
The Shiloh Presbyterian Church hosted its first ever Living Nativity, complete with children and adult characters as well as a camel, llama, donkey and sheep.
Parish members have been working about one and a half months on the project.
Although this is a new venture for the church, Shiloh Pastor Rev. Scott Wiest Sr., said they are considering the possibility of expanding it in the future.

Seneca addresses community concerns in Emporium

November 21, 2014

EMPORIUM – Working in an industry surrounded by a negative stigma, Seneca Resources faces many questions about the impacts that its work has on the environment and community that surround its drilling sites.
On a recent rig tour, Seneca Resources representatives answered a few common concerns about the gas drilling industry, specifically the company that owns a majority of the mineral rights in Elk County, Seneca Resources, while explaining what Seneca does to recycle goods and reduce the impact of its drilling sites.

Overwhelming turnout for first convent tour

November 21, 2014

The first of three planned tours at St. Joseph Monastery was held on Friday evening, and the turnout by members of the community was overwhelming. 
It was anticipated that maybe a few dozen people would show up. Instead, around 250 were estimated to have attended.

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