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Pending gas ordinance sparks debate

October 20, 2014

The over three-hour St. Marys City Council meeting on Monday evening sparked debate as an attorney for Seneca Resources took aim at council's impending oil and gas ordinance.
Chris Nestor, a Harrisburg-based attorney, encouraged council members to closely examine where their authority lies, their legal limitations, and consequences they may face in enacting their proposed ordinance.
Nestor indicated that Seneca officials have the right to use their property as they see fit as does any other property owner in the city.

Celebrating a night of hope at Masquerade ball

October 20, 2014

KERSEY – On Oct. 11, the Jewels of Hope Relay For Life team held a Masquerade ball at The Red Fern.
As guests arrived they were escorted in by Jeff Buchheit where they would sign in and offered a mask if they did not have one. Once they were done, Dave Carr then would announce them as a team member and would escort them to their table.
Guests were serenaded by Paul Fehrenbach as he played his beautiful violin while they visited and waited for the rest of the guests to arrive.

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October 20, 2014

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Comprehensive plan outlines district's goals

October 19, 2014

Over a year's work came to fruition with the approval of the St. Marys Area School District's Comprehensive Plan.
The plan was presented to the SMASD board of school directors by Assistant Superintendent Josh Williams during their recent meeting.
"The work was the result of many committee and sub-committees that involved business leaders, community members, some board members and teachers," Williams said.

Fight for life, breast cancer awareness

October 19, 2014

Oftentimes the illusion created is that a cancer patient becomes a number on file in an endless mound of paperwork, an incomprehensible level on a cluttered diagram, a lump projected on a cold wall.
For Karen MacAfee, 42, of St. Marys, and Patty Greene, 57, of Kersey, the war waged against breast cancer, and cancer in general, is a battle with seemingly no end.

Color run brightens the day at SMAHS

October 19, 2014

It was a colorful morning at the St. Marys Area High School on Saturday as a number of area residents turned out for the Color Me Crazy 5K, which was held to benefit the AP Economics Club's annual trip to New York City.
The run/walk got underway at 11 a.m. and groups of people wearing white shirts that were becoming increasingly covered with various bright colors of cornstarch powder could be seen making their way around the course.

Voter participation concern for Republicans

October 17, 2014

RIDGWAY – In preparation for the upcoming elections, the Elk County Republican Party hosted their annual fall banquet featuring a speaker panel with Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-Pa. 5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk).
The banquet was hosted at the Royal Inn in Ridgway on Friday, and 118 local residents were in attendance, including various local elected officials from Johnsonburg, Ridgway and St. Marys.

Planned Parenthood responds to pro-life arguments

October 17, 2014

Sari Stevens, executive director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania's Political Action Committee, recently spoke with the Daily Press in reference to claims by the Silent No More pro-life campaign.
"It's so unfortunate that this is the dialogue that's going on," Stevens said. "These organizations are out spreading this information and not working to prevent unintended pregnancies. If we focus our efforts on lowering the rate of unintended pregnancies, the need for abortion would be reduced. But instead, it's this effort to misinform, scare, shame and demean women."

ECC students share message of hope

October 17, 2014

Students in the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS) got into the spirt of county-wide Pink Day on Friday as they donned pink attire to show their support for those impacted by breast cancer.
Fr. Ross Miceli, campus minister at Elk County Catholic High School, explained that students in the school system were asked to keep in their thoughts and prayers all who are affected by breast cancer.
"We try to always bring a message of hope to our students, to their families, and to our community," Miceli said.

EQT reps raise ire of Jay Twp. citizens

October 16, 2014

JAY TWP. – EQT representatives faced harsh words from residents of Jay Township at Thursday night's township supervisors meeting.
"The three of you, your whole company, you don't give a damn about our water," Dennis Bonanno said. "You're here for the money."
The representatives came to address concerns about a well near Byrnes Run that residents believe is too close to the watershed.
Township supervisor Francis Gustafson said that the township needs a contingency plan on what EQT is prepared to do in the event that the water supply becomes contaminated.

Memorial Park activities were well attended

October 16, 2014

This past summer, Memorial Park hosted a variety of events geared toward individuals of ages, and park director Jason Schreiber estimated that between 1,500 and 2,000 area residents attended at least one of the activities organized by his staff.

Strong opinions voiced at "Groundswell Rising" showing

October 16, 2014

RIDGWAY – A free showing of "Groundswell Rising" was hosted at Central Fire Station in Ridgway, and during a public question and answer session, strong opinions about local government officials were expressed.
"Groundswell Rising" is a film that focuses on the negative aspects of fracking within communities, including negative health effects, loss of natural land and habitat, water quality issues and vastly increased traffic volumes due to fracking vehicles and water tanker trucks.

Cutoff wall construction upcoming at dam

October 16, 2014

WILCOX – The U.S. Army of Engineers has announced that work is slated to start in the next several months to begin a four-year long construction project to repair safety concerns at the East Branch Dam.
The announcement was made to the public by U.S. Army Corps of Engineer representatives during an East Branch Dam stakeholders meeting Wednesday morning after awarding a contract to install a new cutoff wall to Layne Christensen Construction of Ruther Glen, Va.
The contract was awarded to the company on Aug. 26 for a total value of $132,504,348.

County-wide Pink Day set for Friday

October 16, 2014

This Friday, area residents will once again be encouraged to don their pink attire in support of cancer awareness as part of the annual county-wide Pink Day.
Roben Daghir, a guidance counselor for the Ridgway Area School District who coordinates the annual Pink Day, said the annual event started in 2008 in the St. Marys Area School District under the direction of St. Marys Area Middle School guidance counselor Kate McGonnell. Every year after that the event has been county-wide.

Two held for court in St. Marys robbery

October 14, 2014

Two St. Marys residents were held for court on robbery charges after a preliminary hearing Tuesday before Judge Mark S. Jacob.
Dustin Allen Courteau, 26, and Savannah Satterwhite, 47, both of St. Marys, face multiple felony charges for an incident that allegedly occurred on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 430 N. St. Marys St., Apt. 1, home of John Boland.
Boland testified that he was wrestled out of his bed and pinned to the floor while other individuals searched his apartment.

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