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January 23rd, 2014

Scarnati: ‘Obsolete’ state pension must go

January 24, 2014

ST. MARYS – A partisan Legislature still appears to stand in the way of state pension reform as “revenues in the Commonwealth continue to lag behind growing expenses,” one such expense being an “unsustainable” pension plan, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
Rising pension costs are expected to hover around $2 billion for next year’s budget, up from $1.4 billion for fiscal year 2013.
Representing the 25th District, Scarnati on Thursday morning said it appears the system is broke.

CAPSEA fundraiser sees new changes

January 24, 2014

The Polar Sweet Express vendor show is coming to Ridgway this year as the event will be held at the Central Fire Hall on North Broad Street for the first time since it began four years ago.
On Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. visitors can peruse a plethora of products at booths showcasing jewelry, candles, crafts, primitive decor, cosmetics, children's clothing and accessories, wine, purses, wreaths and homemade soaps to embroidery items, doll clothing, sweets such as candy and kettle corn, furniture, cookware and aprons.

Douglas hearing now set for Feb. 5 in Kane

January 24, 2014

KANE – Feb. 5 is the new date for a preliminary hearing for the alleged drug-influenced driver in a six-fatality traffic accident last Aug. 31 near Lantz Corners.

O2 Investment Partners acquires Alpha Sintered Metals

January 24, 2014

Alpha Sintered Metals, Inc., based in Ridgway, announced Thursday that O2 Investment Partners, LLC, a Midwest-based private equity firm located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and Alpha’s existing management team have acquired the business from Cyprium Partners located in Cleveland, Ohio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Alpha Sintered Metals, Inc., is a premier manufacturer of high-precision powdered metal components and assemblies for the automotive, small engine, recreational vehicle, lawn & garden, commercial vehicle, and agricultural equipment industries.

January 22nd

PHARE funding benefits region

January 23, 2014

The PHARE fund appears to be gaining its footing as Marcellus Shale regions are seeing yearly allocations for local distribution.
In 2012, the base allocation for PHARE [Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement] was $2.5 million; for 2013 and beyond, the allocation has doubled.
The six-county region under the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter Counties) have seen nearly half a million dollars in allocations in the past two years.

Family displaced in Norwich Twp. fire

January 23, 2014

NORWICH TWP. – Corporal Greg Agosti, fire marshal for the Pennsylvania State Police, is investigating an early morning fire which broke out Jan. 22 at 90 White Hollow Rd. in Norwich Township, McKean County.
The fire, which broke out at roughly 7:20 a.m., took the life of a family dog, and displaced Nicole and Brent Leet, along with an 11-year-old female of Smethport.
The cause of the fire in still under investigation and no one was home at the time of the fire. Damage is estimated at approximately $200,000.

'Kathy' Douglas hearing is off for Monday

January 23, 2014

KANE – A new date will be set for a preliminary hearing for the alleged drug-influenced driver in a six-fatality traffic accident last Aug. 31 near Lantz Corners.

January 21st

Straub reaches career milestone

January 22, 2014

ST. MARYS – Longtime Elk County Catholic High School varsity boys basketball coach Aaron Straub entered the 2013-2014 season with 688 wins over the course of over 30 seasons coaching the Crusader program. Now in his 32nd season, he needed just 12 wins to record his 700th varsity boys victory, and he achieved that milestone on Monday evening as the Crusaders defeated the Kane Wolves 66-26 at home at the ECCHS gymnasium.

National Mentoring Month continues

January 22, 2014

Area agencies and volunteers continue to emphasis mentoring programs during January, recognized as National Mentoring Month.
Sara Sutter from Big Brothers Big Sisters said officials recently received a grant to expand their program but indicated Tuesday morning there are over 20 children on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

January 20th

Main Street parking still unresolved

January 21, 2014

The Ridgway Borough Council discussed various solutions for the Main Street parking situation during their regular meeting held Monday evening.
During a meeting of the street lighting, parking and traffic committee held Jan. 9, the committee recommended that signs be installed on Main Street posting two-hour parking limits to be posted from Broad Street to the V.F.W. on both sides of the street. The proposed signs would be funded by the Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Heritage Council. The committee also recommended that enforcement be decided upon at a later date.

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