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January 27th, 2014

More agriculture workshops to come

January 28, 2014

Melissa Aul, resource conservation technician for the Elk County Conservation District, reported the district, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, will host another round of agricultural workshops for area farmers and animal owners.
Last week, Aul helped to put on an agricultural assistance workshop as well as an equine assistance workshop which covered topics ranging from erosion and sediment control to reviewing the 2011 version of the manure management manual.

Scarnati still eyeing welfare reform

January 28, 2014

State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Brockway) is still vying for what he describes as “necessary public welfare reform” within the Commonwealth.

January 26th

Dickant receives Purple Heart

January 27, 2014

Nicolas Dickant of Ridgway Township was recently awarded a Purple Heart for injuries suffered in 2011 while on a mission in Afghanistan.
Members of the United States Marine Corps were on hand Friday afternoon for the ceremony alongside various Dickant family members, many of whom have served the country in various branches of the military.
"With my family, a lot of us have a military background, cousins, my grandfathers, uncles, so it just seemed to be the thing to do," he said. "I always knew I wanted to do it."

Benedictine sisters to be honored at community service

January 26, 2014

ST. MARYS – In an effort to have the opportunity to show a gesture of appreciation, a small group of individuals recently gathered to plan a community celebration to honor the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County and their 162 years of faithful and dedicated service.

January 24th

Gas line rupture interrupts service in Ridgway

January 25, 2014

Roughly 260 homes on North Broad Street to the Beaver development along state Route 219 north toward Johnsonburg were without no natural gas for several hours Friday.
Earlier in the day, a gas line was reportedly struck by a contractor operating a bulldozer.

Thompson visits St. Marys during campaign tour

January 25, 2014

KERSEY – U.S Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) visited St. Marys Friday evening to announce his bid for re-election this year.
Speaking to a group of about 30 constituents at the Red Fern in Fox Township, Thompson said he was honored and privileged to be among friends who feel more like family.

January 23rd

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.