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February 20th, 2015

'Step in the right direction' for blue water vets

February 21, 2015

In what Elk County Veterans Affairs Director Leslie Neal calls a "step in the right direction," the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has now included non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as a presumptive illness for blue water veterans serving during the Vietnam War.
The VA assumes that certain diseases can be related to a veteran’s qualifying military service, called "presumptive diseases."

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February 20, 2015

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February 19th

Additional $200K secured for recycling center

February 20, 2015

The Elk County Solid Waste Authority continues to make progress towards opening a new recycling center in St. Marys as the organization has received a $200,000 commitment from the Stackpole-Hall Foundation.
The authority has set a goal of $2 million for the project, and currently, the authority has raised $300,000, which consists of a $200,000 commitment from the Stackpole-Hall Foundation and a $100,000 commitment from the Elk County Solid Waste Authority.

February 18th

Bluewater plant in St. Marys earns award

February 19, 2015

ST. MARYS – The Bluewater Thermal Solutions facility in St. Marys on Wednesday was the recipient of a Best Overall Performance award from its parent company.
The St. Marys facility was one of four winning facilities from Bluewater Thermal Solutions' network of 12 facilities within the United States and Canada.
The St. Marys facility was selected as the winner of the Best Overall Performance award at Bluewater Thermal Solutions, being selected as the winner from a pool of 12 facilities owned by Bluewater.

DA: Prior record score is key in sentencing criminals

February 19, 2015

Though every crime has an offense gravity score based on the severity of the crime, the major influence in sentencing is often the defendant's prior record score, said District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon.
"The court doesn't necessarily need to follow the guidelines," McMahon said. "Part of what goes through my mind is community safety. That thought is always on my mind. I've got to balance efficiency with effectiveness."

February 17th

County on board with exploring rail authority

February 18, 2015

North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission officials in early November 2014 were approached regarding the possibility of revitalizing nearly 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.
The project would connect RJ Corman's railroads to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh railroad and has been lauded as significant economic development that could open up the region to additional markets.
Elk County commissioners are onboard with the project, authorizing the exploration of organizing a regional rail authority.

Twp. supervisors discuss Main St. Program

February 18, 2015

Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki attended Tuesday's Ridgway Township Supervisors meeting to discuss the benefits the program has recently had in the area, specifically focusing on successes in the school district.
Bogacki first talked to the board about the DISCOVER Partnership and the Challenge To Change project that has come out of that partnership.
She said the DISCOVER Partnership was a grant received by the Community Education Council, and through that grant, the Challenge To Change project was started.

February 16th

YMCA membership up, parking issue growing

February 17, 2015

During Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting, Ridgway Borough Mayor Dr. Guillermo Udarbe updated the council on the success of the YMCA since the new swimming pool opened Friday, Jan. 10.
Udarbe said through talking with YMCA executive director Mary Lynne Bellotti, he found out that since the new swimming pool opened, 250 new members have joined the YMCA.
However, the influx of members is creating a parking issue with the YMCA, Udarbe said.
"Their main problem right now is parking," Udarbe said.

Firefighters battle blaze in extreme temps

February 17, 2015

ST. MARYS – A fire broke out early Monday morning in sub-zero temperatures at a West Creek Road farmhouse, leaving two elderly St. Marys brothers homeless.
Crystal Fire Department Chief Bill Kraus said there are no suspicious circumstances regarding the fire's origins at 361 West Creek Road as three fire departments responded to the blaze with a fourth on standby in St. Marys.

February 15th

Supporting the fight against texting and driving

February 16, 2015

Imagine attempting to keep a vehicle safely on the road while driving blindfolded for five seconds at 55 miles per hour. In addition, by this time a driver has covered an area slightly longer than a football field.What may sound like a challenge to some is a risk drivers take everyday when reading or sending a text message.
One local business owner is hoping to raise awareness to the dangers of texting and driving through participation in the Red Thumb Reminder project, encouraging drivers to paint their thumb nail red or wear a red band or string around their finger.

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