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Kicking off Catholic Schools Week

January 25, 2015

St. Boniface School in Kersey hosted a homemade pasta dinner and open house Sunday afternoon as part of its kickoff to Catholic Schools Week taking place Jan. 25-31. The dinner took place following the parish's 10:30 a.m. Mass during which students participated as lectors, ushers and altar servers. This week local Catholic schools will observe Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

Polar Sweet Express to benefit CAPSEA

January 25, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Fire Hall will be hosting the fifth annual Polar Sweet Express fundraiser to benefit CAPSEA, Citizens Against Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Abuse, on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event, which is coined as a "one-stop shopping experience for all your Valentine's Day needs" will feature local vendors that can supply unique gift ideas in time for Valentine's Day, as well as a chocolate-dipping station, beer tasting, wine tastings and several prize giveaways.

Study: Longer work hours can lead to more drinking

January 25, 2015

In a recently published article in British Medical Journal, researchers say there may be a correlation between working long hours and drinking too much alcohol.
The study covered over 400,000 people and found that those who work more than 40 hours a week are more likely to overuse alcohol. The study defined risky amounts of alcohol as more than 14 drinks a week for women and more than 21 drinks a week for men.

Students create cards of encouragement at Mini Relay for Life

January 23, 2015

These SSMSE girls created colorful cards of encouragement for those battling cancer during Friday evening's annual Mini Relay for Life.

SSMSE Mini Relay for Life filled with fun and activities

January 23, 2015

South St. Marys Street Elementary School students collected $4,000 in donations Friday evening as part of the school's Mini Relay for Life event..
Now in its sixth year, the event consisted of small groups of students traveling from each activity station.
Close to 80 students,from kindergarten to fifth grade filled the gym participating in numerous activities while upbeat pop music hits played in the background.

LIFT technology program a growing success

January 23, 2015

In recent months, Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) has installed displays in local libraries for assistive technology for persons with disabilities, a program that LIFT staff are celebrating as a major success.
"I think it's working almost better than we had anticipated," assistive technology coordinator Charlie Williamson said. "We are having more and more people receiving their own assistive technology. I think just in the last month, I've had 12 people who have gone through the entire process and now have technology of their very own."

Big Buck Contest banquet held Thursday

January 22, 2015

On Thursday evening, the 10th annual Big Buck Contest awards banquet, sponsored by The Daily Press, Ridgway Record and Kane Republican newspapers took place at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall. A crowd of nearly 300 gathered for the event which included the announcement of this year's winners in the adult, youth and mentor divisions along with prizes for the oldest and youngest hunter, smallest buck and random male and female. A special contest tabloid will be published Wednesday, Jan. 28.

LIFT to present assistive technology demonstrations

January 22, 2015

Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) presents 'Within Your Reach,' a new program on assistive technology for people with disabilities. If you think assistive technology is out of your reach, this is your opportunity to get firsthand knowledge and assistance on obtaining assistive technology to enhance your independence and allow you to live the lifestyle you desire.
LIFT will be holding its device demonstrations at the Johnsonburg Public Library on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. and the St. Marys Public Library on Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend these events.

Memorial Field concerns addressed by board

January 22, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Memorial Field in Johnsonburg is in need of repairs after it was discovered that the press box is moving away from the stands, and is in danger of ending up in the middle of West Center Street.
"The way it is moving, it is going to end up out in the middle of the road," said Joe Gilmore, JASD maintenance head. "It's already moved I'd say over two inches away from the stands. It's falling towards the road."
Gilmore added it is a safety issue which will need addressed regardless of whether or not the field is utilized.

Rendezvous event around the corner

January 22, 2015

RIDGWAY – The candles are lit for the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to celebrate its sweet 16th birthday.
A small backyard gathering has since evolved into a large community event with roughly 200 carvers attending every year along with thousands of attendees perusing the extraordinary artwork created in downtown Ridgway.

Ridgway Elks hosting ball in February

January 22, 2015

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Elks Lodge #872 is set to host its 44th annual Cerebral Palsy Ball Saturday, Feb. 7 at The Royal Inn in Ridgway in support of Pennsylvania's Elks Home Care Program.
The Elks Home Care Program is designed to offer free help to families of children that suffer from any developmental disabilities.
The Elks Home Care Program started in 1963 with a single unit in Westmoreland County, but since then it has grown to cover the entire state with a staff of 24 registered nurses.

Figures show JASD general fund nearly bankrupt

January 21, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Without a major influx in revenue, the Johnsonburg Area School District's general fund may run out within a matter of a few years.
"I'd say we are three years from this thing being belly up without something major happening," said Robert Paladino, JASD school board president at a JASD school board budget workshop on Tuesday.

Howard questions possible tax decrease

January 20, 2015

RIDGWAY – St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard on Tuesday morning questioned Elk County Commissioners on the possibility of a county tax decrease due to projected future windfalls from Act 13 impact fee funds.
The impact fee “specifically provides for the imposition of an unconventional well fee by county (or alternatively municipalities compelling the imposition of an unconventional well fee),” according to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.

Reports details mayor and manager's activities

January 20, 2015

The Cobblestone Hotel Group stated the projected opening of the new downtown St. Marys hotel is to take place during the second quarter of 2015, most likely by the end of June.
They noted that weather has slowed down the construction process.
The Cobblestone Hotel and Suites is a three-story hotel consisting of 64 rooms and will be situated on the corner of Fourth and Depot streets.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in June with the anticipated opening slated for February, however the project has faced delays caused by bidding issues, permitting and weather.

County says no to $5 registration add-on

January 20, 2015

RIDGWAY – County officials announced Tuesday morning that they will not solicit a $5 increase on car registration fees in Elk County.
Vehicle registration fees are already scheduled to increase from $36 to $38 by 2017 in accordance with the most recent state budget. From there, future increases will reportedly be tied to inflation. The state budget plan also allowed for counties to implement a $5 car registration fee.

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