April 8th, 2015
Ridgway residents received a rude awakening Wednesday morning as passersby saw crude graffiti scrawled on the wall of the Pennsy Station along North Broad Street.
The word "slut" was spray-painted in capital white letters toward the base of the building. It has since been washed off.
The insult, however, remains.
"That's like slapping me in the face," said Denny Heindl, local businessman and philanthropist who spearheaded the campaign to preserve the landmark even when railroad officials who own the property sought to level the structure back in 2011.
Robbie Waller, a territory sales manager for Advantage Sport and Fitness, Inc., attended Tuesday's Ridgway Area School District school board meeting to discuss a proposal to replace the district's equipment in its fitness center.
Waller brought with him a proposal for a five-year replacement plan which would replace much of the equipment in the district's fitness center, some of which has been in the center since it was built in 1989.
After reaching out to county officials Tuesday morning regarding the well-documented foundation issues with Decker's Chapel in St. Marys, progress appears to have been made after a followup afternoon meeting at the site.â€¨
Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg met with Charlie Steger, a contractor who runs a local masonry company with extensive expertise in historical masonry.â€¨
Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday morning passed out another round of Act 13 grants to local municipalities, county offices, and area groups.â€¨
The commissioners last year established a grant program to redistribute a portion of their allocation of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for local projects.â€¨
The battle against the lack of fair taxes on state-owned forest and game lands continues to gain traction as the Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition pushes the issues to the forefront.â€¨
Elk County government officials last month pledged their support and unveiled a detailed map illustrating the amount of tax-exempt land within the county.â€¨
Reports indicate just 23 percent of the land in Elk County is generating local taxes at market value.â€¨
On Tuesday, officials reiterated their support pledge and discussed recent headway regarding the issues.
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ST. MARYS â€“ On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council unanimously approved to pledge their support and resources to the Decker's Chapel repair project.â€¨Mary Kalinowski, executive director of the Elk County Historical Society, spoke to council about the status of Decker's Chapel located along the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys.
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