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September 28th, 2014
ST. MARYS â€“ Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond not only provided a way for area residents to honor or remember loved ones whose lives had been touched by addiction, but it also gave them the opportunity to hear from individuals from a variety of areas within the community who were there to share their stories and talk about efforts to combat the issue locally.
St. Marys mayor Bob Howard acted as the master of ceremonies, and he began the evening by welcoming the sizable crowd that gathered on the Diamond around 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
In addition to hearing from those whose lives have been impacted by addiction, and the individuals who lead the enforcement effort against it, Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond also featured some brief commentary from one of the individuals whose job is to provide assistance to those suffering from addiction.
Heidi Stahlnecker, Executive Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., stressed to those in attendance that addiction impacts individuals from all walks of life regardless of factors such as race or economic status.
ST. MARYS â€“ Addiction impacts more than just the individuals suffering from it, and during Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond, two mothers shared their stories of what it was like to lose their children because of the disease.
One, Patty Greene, lost her son to his own addiction. The other, Cindy O'Leary, lost her daughter due to the addiction of another.
Sierra Kos was crowned as the 2014 Ridgway Area High School Homecoming Queen during halftime of the varsity football game between the Ridgway Elkers and the Kane Wolves. Kos was escorted by Michael Sorge.
Three high-ranking administrators at the Johnsonburg Area and Ridgway Area School Districts took time out of their schedules to discuss a hot topic within the region, Common Core.
Ridgway Area School District's incoming superintendent, Robert Rocco, Johnsonburg Area School District superintendent Dennis Crotzer, and Johnsonburg Area High School principal Brock Benson discussed what exactly Common Core is, the misconceptions that surround it and the impacts that it has on their respective districts.
President Judge Richard A. Masson decided two probation revocation hearings Friday afternoon.
Joshua Ivan Hakes, 28, of St. Marys, was sentenced to two to five years of incarceration for a probation violation that resulted in a drug bust.
It was alleged that on May 12, during a probation visit to 407 Rightmeyer St., Hakes was found to be in violation of probation by having in his possession a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a variety of smoking pipes and drug paraphernalia and several jars containing the drug bath salts.
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Work on sections of state Route 219 in downtown Ridgway caused several traffic issues throughout Thursday afternoon.
Crews were milling SR 219 (Main Street) from the bottom of Boot Jack Hill to Baker Alley, and from Central Fire Station (North Broad Street) to Erie Avenue.
ST. MARYS â€“ Workers at West Penn Power in St. Marys have been working without a contract since May 2014, and alleged unfair labor practices could cause a work stoppage according to Local 102 union President Robert Whalen.
The West Penn Workers have been working under the terms of the previous contract which ended in May 2013, but was extended until May of 2014. West Penn Power and the union were unable to reach an agreement before the contract ended in May, and the workers have been working without a contract since.
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their regular monthly executive committee meeting where education and its disconnect from industry was a hot topic of discussion.
Executive committee members discussed how there is often a major disconnect between education and industry within the area.
Susan Snelick, the Workforce Investment Board director, spoke of several programs that North Central is looking into that would help to bridge the gap between the two separate entities.