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April 19th, 2012

Union rep: 'Not budging'

April 19, 2012

Members of Local Labor Union 2448 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers [IAMAW] continued their strike Thursday against Clarion Sintered Metals [CSM] in order to obtain their goals of less mandatory overtime, a better pension plan and the same percentage wage for workers.
According to Robert D. Miller, a business representative of District Lodge No. 98 of IAMAW, negotiations have been nonexistent.

PAWS Gala to benefit Elk County Humane Society

April 19, 2012

ST. MARYS – The Elk County Humane Society is hosting a PAWS Gala on Saturday, April 28 in an effort to raise funds for a new medical room at their shelter.
This is the organization's third gala, with its inaugural gala taking place in 2004 and a smaller gala held in 2007. All proceeds will benefit the society will be used for the medical room and general upkeep of the shelter, located on E. Eschbach Road in St. Marys.

Supervisors discuss zoning issue

April 19, 2012

West End Grocery at 608 Oak Street in Ridgway Township has put a hold on barbecuing following a complaint from a neighbor.
Store owner Greg Moore attended Tuesday's Ridgway Township board of supervisors meeting in hopes to resolve a zoning dispute that prohibits outdoor cooking for commercial use.
Township resident Lee Briggs voiced her concern over the matter at the beginning of the meeting.

April 18th

Strike at CSM continues

April 18, 2012

Members of Local Labor Union 2448 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers [IAMAW] voted overwhelmingly Saturday night to go on strike against Clarion Sintered Metals [CSM] in order to obtain their goals of less mandatory overtime, a better pension plan and the same percentage wage for workers.

One dead in Bucktail Road crash

April 18, 2012

ST. MARYS – The St. Marys City Police Department reports investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Bucktail Road (SR 120) on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 11:15 a.m. that claimed the life of Frederick K. Beck, age 74, of Emporium.
Police report that a 2008 Jeep operated by Beck was traveling westbound on Bucktail Road, approaching a curve in the roadway. A 2002 Freightliner single-unit box truck operated by Michael L. Barr, 57, of Kersey, was traveling eastbound on Bucktail Road approaching the same curve.

School district considers eliminating occupation tax

April 18, 2012

Dozens of residents gathered at the Francis. S. Grandinetti Elementary School Cafeteria Wednesday night for a public meeting held by the Ridgway Area School District to provide the public with information on Act 130.
Act 130 was signed into law on Oct. 15, 2008, which allows school districts to change from occupation to earned income tax.

Mild weather contributes to East Branch's low water level

April 18, 2012

WILCOX – During Wednesday morning's East Branch Dam Safety Project stakeholders meeting, representatives from the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, discussed updates of the project to area residents, local partners and other agency personnel.
Werner Loehlein, water management specialist with the Corps, explained current water levels since the last dam safety meeting held in September.
"East Branch is a multiple-purpose project, with its two primary purposes flood control and low water regulation for water quality," Loehlein said.

Winners are crowned in annual Kane Spelling Bee

April 18, 2012

KANE – It took more than two hours Wednesday to crown the champions in the second annual Spelling Bee at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
Matt Johnson, a fifth-grader from the Johnsonburg Elementary School, took first place in the division for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.
Bobby Rumcik, a third-grader in the Kane Elementary School, won the division for second and third-grade students. He won the same division last year as a second-grader.
Lindsey Kocjancic, a fifth-grade student in Johnsonburg, finished second in the division for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.

Municipal Authority purchases dump truck

April 18, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA] voted unanimously in favor of purchasing a new dump truck during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Manager Lisa Sorg presented quotes for three trucks. Officials decided on a 2012 Ford F-550 Regular Cab 4x4 from Murray Ford. The total cost of the truck after the trade-in and up-fitting price is $47,277.96.
The Authority received $28,094 for the trade-in of their eight-year-old truck.
Official Ed Gapinski said the old truck has been "nothing but heartache" since its purchase.

April 17th

New Marcellus forum suggested

April 18, 2012

Elk County Commissioners discussed the possibility of a new kind of public issue forum regarding Marcellus Shale.
Mike Kamandulis, a member of Elk County C.A.R.E.S. [Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship], reviewed his experiences attending A forum entitled "The Marcellus Shale - What Does It Mean For Us," hosted Saturday, April 14, at the Central Pa. Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, Centre County.

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