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ST. MARYS â€“ The flow of people into the Farmers National Bank in downtown St. Marys was fairly steady at times throughout the day on Friday. Instead of making deposits or withdrawals though, many were there to give out money to a worthy cause. The bank hosted the annual Make-A-Wish Day, which was also broadcast on area radio station The River 98.9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Elk County Historical Societyâ€™s Annual Toy Exhibit is a two-day event with the adult visitation day Friday night, coinciding with the Ridgway Holiday Cheer Tour.
Adults were treated to hors d'oeuvres from crackers, cheese and pepperoni to pastries and meatballs. Drinks included water, soft drinks, plain and spiked eggnog.
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Talented musicians and singers are taking center stage this holiday season throughout Elk County.
In Ridgway Thursday night, members of the fifth grade, middle school, and high school bands performed for a large crowd at the Ira S. Nippes Auditorium in the Ridgway Area High-Middle School. The fifth-grade band presented a variety of holiday tunes before the middle school took the stage, presenting such favorites as "Let it Snow!" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
The Elk County Historical Society will be hosting a Christmas Toy Exhibit/Open House event tonight from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1-4 p.m. at the Center House Museum, 109 Center St., in Ridgway.
The free event features an "Old Time Christmasâ€ť exhibit covering roughly a century of toys and decorations. The Friday event will feature hors dâ€™oeuvres and eggnog while the Saturday event is geared more towards our areaâ€™s youth with hot chocolate, candies, and cookies.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District has received a $12,000 grant from the Elk County Community Foundation that will be used to replace a laptop cart within the district.
"I appreciate the ongoing support of the foundation for our school district," Crotzer said. "Over the years they have been very generous."
Crotzer added that the school district has been able to do a lot with previous grants from the Elk County Community Foundation, especially in the area of technology.
KERSEY â€“ Numerous Fox Township residents voiced frustration over their water quality to Fox Township Supervisors during their Wednesday evening meeting. For nearly two weeks 127 Toby Water customers have been under a boil water notice which is not expected to cease anytime soon as supervisors work to remedy the situation.
On Nov. 18, Fox Township officials were notified they were in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act following an inspection of the Toby Water Treatment Plant during which time the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determined the presence of Giardia cyst.
Jack Cleaver of Ridgway will be showing off his Christmas village that he has assembled in his basement in an attempt to fund-raise for the YMCA capital improvement project.
Cleaver's Christmas village collection, which he has been working on since the 1980s, includes hundreds of pieces, which he values at an estimated $40,000 to 50,000, although he admits it is hard to estimate a value of his collection since many of his pieces have been retired and are no longer available for purchase.
ST. MARYS â€“ Plans are moving ahead in establishing Pennsylvania's first Rural Regional Community College which would serve a nine-county area including Elk County.
The 15-member Rural Regional Community College Board of Trustees met for the first time Tuesday afternoon at the Community Education Council in St. Marys in order to complete initial steps for the formation of the community college with the goal of offering two-year associate degrees, training and certificate programs.