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VIDEO: The Top Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing In 2014

October 20, 2014

VIDEO: The Top Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing In 2014

Fight for life, breast cancer awareness

October 20, 2014

Oftentimes the illusion created is that a cancer patient becomes a number on file in an endless mound of paperwork, an incomprehensible level on a cluttered diagram, a lump projected on a cold wall.
For Karen MacAfee, 42, of St. Marys, and Patty Greene, 57, of Kersey, the war waged against breast cancer, and cancer in general, is a battle with seemingly no end.

Voter participation concern for Republicans

October 18, 2014

In preparation for the upcoming elections, the Elk County Republican Party hosted their annual fall banquet featuring a speaker panel with Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-Pa. 5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk).
The banquet was hosted at the Royal Inn in Ridgway on Friday, and 118 local residents were in attendance, including various local elected officials from Johnsonburg, Ridgway and St. Marys.

Planned Parenthood responds to pro-life arguments

October 18, 2014

Sari Stevens, executive director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania's Political Action Committee, recently spoke with the Daily Press in reference to claims by the Silent No More pro-life campaign.
"It's so unfortunate that this is the dialogue that's going on," Stevens said. "These organizations are out spreading this information and not working to prevent unintended pregnancies. If we focus our efforts on lowering the rate of unintended pregnancies, the need for abortion would be reduced. But instead, it's this effort to misinform, scare, shame and demean women."

Ordinance defines wild and exotic animals

October 17, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg Borough's new wild and exotic animals ordinance defines specifically which animals constitute a violation and the legal actions that can be taken against the borough residents found to be in violation of its terms.
A motion unanimously passed during Monday's borough council meeting to pass, enact, and adopt the ordinance, effective immediately. The approval of the ordinance finalized several months of work that went into it, according to Elizabeth Feronti, the borough's solicitor.

EQT reps raise ire of Jay Twp. citizens

October 17, 2014

JAY TWP. – EQT representatives faced harsh words from residents of Jay Township at Thursday night's township supervisors meeting.
"The three of you, your whole company, you don't give a damn about our water," Dennis Bonanno said. "You're here for the money."
The representatives came to address concerns about a well near Byrnes Run that residents believe is too close to the watershed.

Strong opinions voiced at "Groundswell Rising" showing

October 16, 2014

A free showing of "Groundswell Rising" was hosted at Central Fire Station in Ridgway, and during a public question and answer session, strong opinions about local government officials were expressed.
"Groundswell Rising" is a film that focuses on the negative aspects of fracking within communities, including negative health effects, loss of natural land and habitat, water quality issues and vastly increased traffic volumes due to fracking vehicles and water tanker trucks.

Repairs set to start at dam

October 16, 2014

WILCOX – The U.S. Army of Engineers has announced that work is slated to start in the next several months to begin a four-year long construction project to repair safety concerns at the East Branch Dam.
The announcement was made to the public by U.S. Army Corps of Engineer representatives during an East Branch Dam stakeholders meeting Wednesday morning after awarding a contract to install a new cutoff wall to Layne Christensen Construction of Ruther Glen, Va.
The contract was awarded to the company on Aug. 26 for a total value of $132,504,348.

County-wide Pink Day set for Friday

October 16, 2014

This Friday, area residents will once again be encouraged to don their pink attire in support of cancer awareness as part of the annual county-wide Pink Day.
Roben Daghir, a guidance counselor for the Ridgway Area School District who coordinates the annual Pink Day, said the annual event started in 2008 in the St. Marys Area School District under the direction of St. Marys Area Middle School guidance counselor Kate McGonnell. Every year after that the event has been county-wide.

Two held for court in St. Marys robbery

October 15, 2014

ST. MARYS – Two St. Marys residents were held for court on robbery charges after a preliminary hearing Tuesday before Judge Mark S. Jacob.
Dustin Allen Courteau, 26, and Savannah Satterwhite, 47, both of St. Marys, face multiple felony charges for an incident that allegedly occurred on Friday, Oct. 22 at 430 N. St. Marys St., Apt. 1, home of John Boland.
Boland testified that he was wrestled out of his bed and pinned to the floor while other individuals searched his apartment.

Four students of the month at RASD

October 15, 2014

Ridgway Area High School Principal Heather McMahon-Vargas and Ridgway Area Elementary School principal Anne Herzing announced RASD's four "Student of the Month" winners for the month of October during Tuesday's school board meeting.
Herzing announced the two winners from the elementary school, Austin Dinsmore and Megan Rohr, who are currently both fifth graders in the elementary school.

Borough enacts exotic pet ordinance

October 13, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Borough Council approved a motion to enact a new wild and exotic pet ordinance throughout the borough during Monday's monthly borough council meeting.
The motion to approve the new ordinance was unanimously approved at the meeting, and the ordinance is now enforceable immediately.
The ordinance prohibits wild and exotic animals, including bees, from being owned, cared for or maintained throughout Johnsonburg Borough.

VIDEO: Ebola - Everything You Need to Know in 94 Seconds

October 13, 2014

VIDEO: Ebola - Everything You Need to Know in 94 Seconds

VIDEO: CDC Director Urges Hospitals to 'Think Ebola'

October 13, 2014

VIDEO: CDC Director Urges Hospitals to 'Think Ebola'
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden is urging hospitals to diligently watch for patients with fever or symptoms of Ebola who have traveled from the three Ebola-stricken African nations in the past 21 days (AP)

RATA explains grievances

October 13, 2014

The Ridgway Area Teachers Association has explained the reasons why they have rejected the latest contract offer from the RASD school board, saying that language issues surrounding evaluations and medical insurance are the only things preventing a signed contract.
RATA has been working without a contract since 2012, and it has been over 1,000 days since negotiations have begun between RATA and the RASD school board.

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