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December 4th

Event tonight, Saturday at historical society

December 5, 2014

The Elk County Historical Society will be hosting a Christmas Toy Exhibit/Open House event tonight from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1-4 p.m. at the Center House Museum, 109 Center St., in Ridgway.
The free event features an "Old Time Christmas” exhibit covering roughly a century of toys and decorations. The Friday event will feature hors d’oeuvres and eggnog while the Saturday event is geared more towards our area’s youth with hot chocolate, candies, and cookies.

JASD receives $12,000 grant

December 5, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Area School District has received a $12,000 grant from the Elk County Community Foundation that will be used to replace a laptop cart within the district.
"I appreciate the ongoing support of the foundation for our school district," Crotzer said. "Over the years they have been very generous."
Crotzer added that the school district has been able to do a lot with previous grants from the Elk County Community Foundation, especially in the area of technology.

December 3rd

Residents frustrated with boil water notice

December 4, 2014

KERSEY – 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.

Christmas village setup to support YMCA

December 4, 2014

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.

December 2nd

Groundwork set for new rural community college

December 2, 2014

ST. MARYS – 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.

No tax increase in proposed county budget

December 2, 2014

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.

County prison must branch out further

December 2, 2014

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.

More groups benefit from Act 13 dollars

December 2, 2014

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.

December 1st

St. Marys mayor cited for disorderly conduct

December 1, 2014

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.

Co-ops look to boost Ridgway commerce

December 1, 2014

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.

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