April 23rd, 2015
KERSEY â€“ On Thursday evening, multiple Elk County businesses, an event and a nature landmark were recognized during the Pennsylvania Wilds Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet.
They are among a small group of business owners, citizens and organizations from across the 12.5 county Pennsylvania Wilds region who were acknowledged for their contributions in sustainable tourism development.
An important change in VA health care may open the door for more veterans to apply for enrollment.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently collects income and net worth (asset) information from veterans who apply for enrollment in VA health care to determine eligibility and/or copay responsibility.
To align VA's health care program with other federal health care programs' financial assessment requirements, earlier this year the VA discontinued the collection of veterans' net worth information for purposes of financial assessment for health benefits.
A Ridgway man is charged with arson in the January fire at 590 South St. Marys St., formerly Suzy's Furniture Store.
A joint investigation by the St. Marys Police, the State Police Fire Marshal and the Crystal Fire Department concluded with the arrest of Colin M. Dowd, 36.
During Wednesday's full board of directors meeting for the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, Susie Snelick, North Central's Workforce Investment Board director, spoke about a wide range of training sessions that North Central will be rolling out to meet the region's specific workforce development needs.
North Central has begun putting on training sessions in the area through its JOBS! Initiative after receiving a $425,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Pa. Jobs1st Initiative.
The Ridgway High School trap shooting team took on St. Marys South at the Fox Township Sportsmenâ€™s Club in recent action.
St. Marys South won the match 129-125.
For Ridgway, Jeremiah Amacher had the top team score by hitting 23 of 25 possible targets. Ricky Marzella was next with a 22. Brock Cook and Tyler Shilk each had scores of 21 for Ridgway. Kyle Hamilton, Tonya Harlan and Luke Pierce had scores of 19 for Ridgway to round out the top six.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During Tuesday's meeting of the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority board of directors, the directors discussed how they want to apply for CDBG grants to help pay for two needed projects within the borough.
Lisa Sorg, the manager of the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority, said she has been working to apply for a CDBG grant to help the authority purchase water meters for the borough, but during Tuesday's meeting, she said she has run into some problems with applying for funding to pay for the meters.
BYRNEDALE â€“ Area firefighters responded late Tuesday afternoon for a structure fire at a house in Byrnedale.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township Fire Department), Elk Company 5 (Jay Township Fire Department) and Bennetts Valley Ambulance were called out at 3:55 p.m. to 14 Kennedy St., Byrnedale for a reported structure fire.
Initial reports indicated there was a fire on the first floor with smoke coming from the windows.
Allegheny Coatings of Ridgway, also known as Diversified Coatings, is in the process of expanding its business.
At a meeting Tuesday morning, the county board of commissioners green-lighted a resolution to approve the issuance of two notes by the Elk County Industrial Development Authority in connection with the business's project.
Wayne Gerhold, a Pittsburgh-based attorney specializing in government approval work for various types of financing, including financing sponsored by the Elk County Industrial Development Authority, was on hand Tuesday to explain the requirements.
Forest service officers continue to raise awareness on the suppression of the emerald ash borer and wooly adelgid populations throughout the Allegheny National Forest.
The emerald ash borer, an exotic wood boring beetle native to Asia, attacks all species of North American ash trees. ANF officials anticipate a "near total loss" of ash trees across the ANF as there are no "effective landscape scale treatment options" for emerald ash borer.
County officials on Tuesday morning addressed repeated inquires regarding a recent hire made in the Veterans Affairs office.
Following the retirement of Jenny Richards, the former assistant in the county VA office, the board of commissioners and VA Director Leslie Neal reviewed well over 100 applications before hiring Lana Vendur.
Fred Peters, a volunteer for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the county's Rides for Vets program, publicly questioned the hire of a non-veteran Tuesday morning toward the end of an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting.