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February 23rd

Community gathers to honor Benedictine Sisters

February 24, 2014

ST. MARYS – An outpouring of love, gratitude and respect for the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County was evident on Sunday during a special community celebration honoring those who have served at St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys, the oldest Benedictine monastery in the U.S. which is slated to close after 162 years of service.
A large crowd gathered at Queen of the World Church for a vespers service, program and social. The guests of honor included the remaining 17 sisters serving at the monastery, their family and friends along with sisters visiting from surrounding monasteries.

February 21st

Programs highlights sisters service to the community

February 22, 2014

ST. MARYS – A part of Sunday's Community Celebration honoring the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County is a detailed program featuring a listing of each of the 281 sisters who served at St. Joseph Monastery throughout its 162-year history.
Those attending the service will receive a small 15-page program complete with vespers service details, program information and listings of each sister who served in St. Marys, their date of birth and death if applicable, locations of where they transferred and additional monastery information.

New child care facility making headway

February 22, 2014

Samantha Beaver Family Child Care, a child care facility run by Samantha Beaver, 27, of Ridgway, recently opened its doors in November of 2013. She operates the facility in conjunction with Darlene Beaver, who has over 35 years in childcare experience and is currently in the process of attaining an associates degree in child development.

February 20th

Clergymen react to papacy progress

February 21, 2014

Early on in his papacy, Pope Francis drew criticism with remarks that the Catholic Church had become obsessed with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that the Church had been guilty of putting dogma before love.
Recently, the Pope issued a survey to Catholics worldwide to get a “sense of the faithful” concerning the Church’s teachings on family-related issues. The overall results in America remain to be seen, but bishops in Switzerland and Germany have said that the results suggest that most Catholics find the Church’s teachings surrounding sex to be outdated and unrealistic.

February 19th

Supervisors approve TREK subdivision

February 19, 2014

The Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors approved the plans for TREK Development's subdivision plan, which has been in the works for several months now.
The subdivision will be a 20-unit senior housing village located behind Ridgmont Personal Care Home, located along Montmorenci Road. The plan was originally approved by the township's zoning hearing board in December and has passed through several stages including approval from the Elk County Planning Department and Ridgway Township Planning Committee before reaching the hands of the township supervisors.

February 18th

Ridgway Area School District extends O'Brien's contract

February 19, 2014

The Ridgway Area School Board of Directors on Tuesday night approved the renewal of superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien's contract for an additional five years. The contract is set to expire in June of 2019.

Courthouse still on track for single point of entry

February 19, 2014

The Elk County Courthouse is still on track to have a single point of entry starting March 1.
The commissioners reported on Tuesday that the only entrance available for use, which also is handicap-accessible, will be the door behind the building and in front of the Elk County Prison.

February 17th

Borough approves TREK subdivision line

February 18, 2014

During their regular meeting held Monday evening, the Ridgway Borough Council approved the subdivision line for TREK Development's upcoming project along Montmorenci Road. The subdivision, located near Ridgmont, is set to be a 20-unit senior living village similar to the Laurelbrooke Landing facility located in Brookville.
Council approved the motion to subdivide the current property by a 6-to-1 vote.

February 16th

Kersey home damaged on fire

February 17, 2014

KERSEY – An early morning fire on Sunday significantly damaged a house at 204 Dagus Mines Rd. in Kersey.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township) and Fox Township Ambulance were dispatched at 5:03 a.m. and Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) followed at 5:20 a.m.
According to Scott Surra, Fox Township fire chief, smoke was visible from the structure upon arrival and the homeowners said there was visible fire in the attic of the home.

February 14th

Johnsonburg schools see an early start for 2014-2015

February 15, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors discussed the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year which will see the school year starting earlier than usual on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Superintendent Dennis Crotzer explained his reasoning behind the early start.
"An early start allows us more instructional days before the PSSA and Keystone exams," Crotzer said. "The test dates will not be moved back due to bad weather; the dates will only be extended but we must have instructional days to prepare for these tests."

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