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March 28th, 2014
ST. MARYS â€“ As work on the state Route 255 project continues in the area between Vine Street and State Street, questions and rumors can be heard around town related to a number of issues, including the traffic signals at the Vine Street and Arch Street intersections.
With Vine Street currently closed due to the installation of water and sewer lines, one frequently discussed topic relates to why the traffic signal at that intersection continues to function instead of simply flashing yellow until the intersection with Vine Street reopens.
Earlier this month, the state Department of Labor and Industry, in partnership with the Department of Community and Economic Development [DCED] announced a new grant opportunity-- the Pa. Jobs1st Regional Partnership.
Governor Tom Corbett created the initiative as a way to better connect local workforce investment boards together with Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance [PREP] partners.
House Bill 1701 may be the answer to a lot of problems throughout the area.
The legislation aims to create a rural community college pilot program serving an 11-county region of northwest and north central Pennsylvania.
Its sister legislation, Senate Bill 1000, passed with flying colors, 42-4.
Online classes are currently being offered to all Pennsylvania residents through the Online Broadband and Technology Training [OBTT] program, sponsored through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development [DCED].
Enrollment in courses opened up in February of this year and all courses will tentatively be available until the end of 2014.
A new federal report claims Pennsylvania lost nearly 4,000 farms over a five-year period along with a 100,000 total farm acreage decline.
The initial figures in the Census of Agriculture released in late February show just over 59,000 farms in 2012, land that comprised 7.7 million acres.
The total annual market value of the state's agriculture products totaled roughly $7.4 billion with the average farm producing nearly $124,000 in products every year.
While most Pennsylvania farms range between 10 and 500 acres in size, approximately 650 are at least 1,000 acres.
A large brush fire reportedly broke out Wednesday shortly after 4 p.m.
Initial reports indicated there were three separate fires affecting four to five acres near 2071 Bendigo Road in Ridgway Township.
ST. MARYS â€“ A documentary, "Lessons of Sister Victoria: Glimpses of life in the 50s" in St. Marys is being shown on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Elk County Catholic High School auditorium. The event is open to the public with free admission. Any donations are being donated to the Elk County Benedictine Sisters.
The nearly two-hour documentary was produced by Gale Largey, a former St. Marys resident and 1962 graduate of Central High School who now resides in Wellsboro with his family. It explores the influence of a convent of Benedictine Sisters on life in the community of St. Marys.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is currently preparing for spring cleanup days in Elk County, where they will be assisting in the collection of electronics as well as used tires for municipalities throughout the county.
The authority, in conjunction with eLoop, will be hosting an electronics collection at the former municipal building located along Ridgway Drive in Ridgway Township. On Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., used electronics will be transported directly from the site by eLoop, who regularly collect electronics from the community recycling center in St. Marys.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A house destroyed by fire in late December in Johnsonburg was razed recently.
The home, located in the 200 block of Blaine Avenue, went up in flames shortly after midnight on Dec. 20, 2013.
The call came in at 12:33 a.m. to 204 Blaine Ave., a residence situated along a borough road running parallel to the state Route 219 bypass.
George and Lisa Pontious of Johnsonburg reportedly resided at the residence, according to Corporal Greg Agosti, a fire marshal with the Ridgway-based State Police.
ST. MARYS â€“ The general consensus of business owners along South St. Marys Street seems to be that the inconveniences are worthwhile in the end.
Steve and Kim Kunes, owners of Ace Auto, said that they lost 10 feet of their property to the state right-of-way but the retaining wall was rebuilt at no cost to them.
â€śWeâ€™re happy for the wall,â€ť Steve said. â€śI wish they would have finished the wall and I wish they would have made the wall higher so I could have got some of my property back, but thatâ€™s the state. They took quite a bit.â€ť