February 24th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“ As part of a four-day, 23-stop, 16-county bus tour covering over 700 miles, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson's campaign arrived in St. Marys on Friday, where the congressman pressed the flesh with supporters at Gunner's Restaurant as part of his bid for a third term representing Pennsylvania's 5th District.
Thompson said that in his touring the district, jobs, debt, and healthcare have been among the prevalent concerns held by his constituency and expressed to him.
Area residents will have the opportunity to hear quality live music on Saturday, March 3, when country bands The Kentucky Headhunters and Confederate Railroad will be perform at a community concert at the St. Marys High School auditorium.
The concert, sponsored by St. Marys Auto Body, is being held to give area residents a fun, affordable, family-friendly night out, according to St. Marys Auto Body owner and concert organizer Sandy Buerk.
James M. Kiska, 55, of 441 Rightmeyer St., St. Marys, died Feb. 23, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born July 3, 1956 in Pittsburgh, son of Chester J. Kiska of Portland Mills and the late Margaret A. â€śNancyâ€ť McKelvey Kiska.
Mr. Kiska had resided in St. Marys the past 18 years and had attended Chartiers Valley schools. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1972-1978.
Authorities have confirmed the death of Leslie Haas, a 64-year-old Ridgway man who was reportedly ice fishing at the Ridgway Reservoir.
Haas reportedly fell through the ice at some time between noon and 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.
Crews were dispatched to the reservoir as Elkland Search and Rescue and other authorities responded shortly after 10 p.m.
A rescue diver reportedly retrieved Haas' body around midnight, according to published reports. According to a report by the Ridgway-based Pa. State Police, it appears that Haas fell through broken ice and could not free himself.
In preparation for the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous auction taking place beginning at noon on Saturday, carvers were working steadily on Thursday afternoon to complete their wooden works of art. Pieces must be completed by noon today.
Debbie Tremko of Arlington, Wash., created a large welcome sign being held by three dogs, a black, chocolate and yellow Lab. She entitled her piece "Saw Dogs." In addition, Tremko created a black dog sculpture with a welcome sign hanging from its neck which she plans to gift to a local Ridgway bar.
Duane Avery, age 79, of Warren, died Thursday morning, Feb. 23, 2012, at 3:50 a.m. at Warren General Hospital after a brief illness.
Several key provisions of President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget could have adverse effects at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].
Obama reportedly recommends what North Central executive director Eric Bridges calls "roughly stable funding" for the Workforce Investment Act [WIA] core formula accounts for adult, youth and dislocated workers' programs.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders jumped out to an early lead against the Port Allegany Lady Gators on Thursday evening in a District 9 quarter final game at ECCHS, and continued to pull away to take a 50-24 victory.
Elk Catholic coach Ken Pistner credited the team's good start with being very important to their overall success on the evening.
Reacting to Governor Tom Corbett's initial budget proposal released Feb. 7, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] said they find the spending plan to be challenging.
"The state budget is definitely a tough budget with a lot of things that, if they play out the way they are in the proposal, will present challenges to a lot of people," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central. "It is a budget proposal and given that it is an election year, there will be a lot of legislative wrangling.
BROCKWAY â€” Wednesday, the Shale debate came into clear focus as residents of the Borough of Brockway expressed their concerns about a proposal by Flatirons Resources to drill a well in the borough.
Residents were given this opportunity at a public meeting that took place at the urging of Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), state Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) and state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-75).