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February 22nd, 2015
CLARION â€“ It was a Hall of Fame evening for one of the most successful wrestling coaches not only in District 9, but in all of Pennsylvania.
Former Ridgway wrestling head coach Gary Gerber was inducted into the District 9 Wrestling Hall of Fame Saturday night as a part of the District 9 Individual Wrestling Championships held at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.
Jenny Richards, VSO/assistant in Elk County's Veterans Affairs office, is retiring this Friday.
She has been on the job for five years for the county, and previously worked in the assessment office for four years.
"The best thing about this job is seeing how grateful the veterans are for every little thing we do," she said. "It's really impressive."
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 veteranâ€™s qualifying military service, called "presumptive diseases."
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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.
ST. MARYS â€“ 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.