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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.

VIDEO: Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving Meal

November 21, 2014

VIDEO: Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving Meal
Who says all your sides have to be savory? Pears, honey, and baked sweet potatoes can go a long way next to stuffing and turkey. Try these recipes for a well-balanced holiday spread.

Report: Overcompensation to sheriff's office

November 20, 2014

RIDGWAY – Following an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the Elk County Sheriff’s Office regarding the work schedules and overcompensation of deputy sheriffs, the findings of the investigation recommended that a criminal prosecution was not warranted; consequently, a criminal prosecution of any member of the Elk County Sheriff’s Office shall not occur.

City employee handbook approved despite opposition

November 20, 2014

In a close 4-3 vote St. Marys City Council approved an updated city employee handbook. Accumulated sick time was the main disagreement for those opposed to the new handbook.
The handbook was in need of revisions as it last underwent an overhaul in 2001. It is now complete and meets all federal and state guidelines and rules and regulations, according to City Manager Dave Greene.
Council members Sally Geyer, Ned Jacob, Bob Mohr and Mayor Bob Howard voted to approve the handbook, while Gary Anderson, Greg Gebauer and Lou Radkowski cast opposing votes.

Contractor announces employment opportunity with dam

November 20, 2014

With repairs upcoming for the East Branch Dam, Layne Christensen Construction, the company contracted to complete the repairs, visited Ridgway Thursday afternoon to begin networking with local businesses that will have an impact on the dam project.
On Aug. 26, Layne was awarded the contract for the East Branch Dam repairs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a total value of just over $132.5 million.

NJS Christmas concert set for Dec. 21

November 20, 2014

Plans are once again underway for the Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Symphonic Band's annual Christmas concert. This year's theme is 'Christmas celebration,' and the concert will be held in the St. Marys Area High School auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.
Suitable for all ages, the concert is expected to last between 60 to 90 minutes, according to Anne Herzing, event coordinator.
"Our whole purpose is that years ago when my dad (Sinibaldi) was the band director, he used to have a Christmas concert every year," Herzing said.

St. Marys kicks off holiday season with Light Up Night

November 19, 2014

Santa Claus is coming to town… on Friday evening as part of the the city's annual Light Up Night celebration organized by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.
The holiday season will kick off with Santa's Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. in downtown St. Marys.
Youngsters can stop in to visit Santa at First Commonwealth Bank along East Mill Street starting at 7 p.m. While waiting in line visitors can keep warm with hot cocoa and cookies, compliments of the Lions Club of St. Marys. Hayrides are also being offered in conjunction with Santa's visit to the bank.

Potential railroad upgrades could benefit area

November 19, 2014

RIDGWAY – The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their monthly meeting Wednesday morning to discuss possible upgrades that could be on the horizon for the region's railroad system.
A few weeks ago, North Central officials were approached about the possible changes by two of the short-line railroad companies in the area, the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad that runs north to south in the area and the R.J. Corman Railroad Company that runs through Clearfield and Clinton Counties.

Convent tours taking place Friday, Saturday

November 19, 2014

Local historian Ray Beimel will be leading three tours of St. Joseph Monastery this weekend, with one tour scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and the other two slated for Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. Those interested in attending one of the free tours do not need to sign up ahead of time.
Attendees must simply show up a little in advance of whichever session they choose, and enter through the handicap entrance, which is located around the corner to the right of the Maurus Street entrance.

Budget next month should have no tax hike

November 18, 2014

RIDGWAY – While a budget draft has not yet been completed, the Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning confirmed that taxes will not increase for the upcoming year.
Commissioner June Sorg said Tuesday the commissioners asked for little to no increases in projected expenditures from the respective county departments.
A draft of the 2015 budget should be unveiled at the board's next meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2.

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