Archive - 2014 - News Article
KERSEY â€“ Numerous Fox Township residents voiced frustration over their water quality to Fox Township Supervisors during their Wednesday evening meeting. For nearly two weeks 127 Toby Water customers have been under a boil water notice which is not expected to cease anytime soon as supervisors work to remedy the situation.
On Nov. 18, Fox Township officials were notified they were in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act following an inspection of the Toby Water Treatment Plant during which time the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determined the presence of Giardia cyst.
Jack Cleaver of Ridgway will be showing off his Christmas village that he has assembled in his basement in an attempt to fund-raise for the YMCA capital improvement project.
Cleaver's Christmas village collection, which he has been working on since the 1980s, includes hundreds of pieces, which he values at an estimated $40,000 to 50,000, although he admits it is hard to estimate a value of his collection since many of his pieces have been retired and are no longer available for purchase.
ST. MARYS â€“ Plans are moving ahead in establishing Pennsylvania's first Rural Regional Community College which would serve a nine-county area including Elk County.
The 15-member Rural Regional Community College Board of Trustees met for the first time Tuesday afternoon at the Community Education Council in St. Marys in order to complete initial steps for the formation of the community college with the goal of offering two-year associate degrees, training and certificate programs.
A proposed 2015 budget for Elk County features no tax increase according to the county's board of commissioners.
"The budget reflects no tax increase while maintaining full continuation of all vital county services, programs and departments, including a 3 percent cost of living increase for bargaining and non-bargaining employees,"according to a press release provided by the commissioners.
As overcrowding at the county prison continues to plague officials, Prison Warden Greg Gebauer said Tuesday that he must stretch out even further to house inmates.
The county's prison board and board of commissioners approved three new contracts to combat the overcrowding. They include Columbia ($70 per day), Erie ($75 per day), and Tioga counties ($60 per day). All three correctional facilities in these counties are over two hours away.
Several area organizations have benefited from another round of Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee grants for local projects.
County commissioners on Tuesday announced that seven more applicants were awarded funds.
Cen-Clear Child Services in Philipsburg received $6,000 for their facilities; the entity is often utilized by Elk County Children & Youth Services.
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services received $8,000 for a rehabilitation program within the county prison. The Johnsonburg Fire Department will put their $8,000 allocation toward the purchase of a new fire truck.
St. Marys mayor and former Ridgway mayor Robert V. Howard was issued a non-traffic citation for disorderly conduct on Nov. 25.
According to the citation, Howard entered a hair salon located along Main Street in Ridgway on Monday, Nov. 24 at 11:18 a.m. and began yelling at the owner, according to police.
Small business owners in Ridgway are joining forces to create cooperations in an attempt to save money on overhead costs, all while trying to make Ridgway a destination for shoppers within Elk County.
The Shop On Main is one of approximately six stores in Ridgway that is some form of a cooperation, currently housing over 20 vendors within one store, according to Victoria Assalone, a participant in the store's cooperation.
Assalone said cooperations like The Shop On Main were started to allow small businesses to succeed in the economically challenged Ridgway region.
SPRING CREEK TWP. â€“ A Pittsburgh man died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Portland Mills Road in Spring Creek Township.
According to the Ridgway-based state police, 44-year-old Daniel S. McGinnis of Pittsburgh was killed in the crash. He was a passenger in the car.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority has received the first check in support of a fundraiser for Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse, Inc. (CAPSEA), a check which totals $418.
During the month of October, in support of domestic violence awareness month, the Elk County Solid Waste Authority collected electronics to raise money for CAPSEA's flood relief efforts.
The authority gave all the electronics to Orro Fundraising, a company that specializes in the collection of used electronics to be refurbished.