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Seneca addresses community concerns

November 22, 2014

EMPORIUM – Working in an industry surrounded by a negative stigma, Seneca Resources faces many questions about the impacts that its work has on the environment and community that surround its drilling sites.
On a recent rig tour, Seneca Resources representatives answered a few common concerns about the gas drilling industry, specifically the company that owns a majority of the mineral rights in Elk County, Seneca Resources, while explaining what Seneca does to recycle goods and reduce the impact of its drilling sites.

1st rural regional community college forthcoming

November 22, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Education has taken steps to establish Pennsylvania’s first Rural Regional Community College, announced Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senator Bob Robbins (R-50) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21).

Accidental fire damages apartment house

November 22, 2014

A fire broke out Thursday evening at 4:30 p.m. along Walnut Street in the borough of Ridgway.
The house is owned by Steven J. Lenze, 56, of St. Marys, according to a public information release report provided by the Ridgway-based state police.
Trooper Robert J. Southern was the investigating officer and determined the fire originated in the ceiling area of an upstairs apartment at 314 Walnut St. occupied by 31-year-old Marjorie Moore. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature and most likely caused by an overheated electric circuit, according to PSP Ridgway.

VIDEO: Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving Meal

November 21, 2014

VIDEO: Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving Meal
Who says all your sides have to be savory? Pears, honey, and baked sweet potatoes can go a long way next to stuffing and turkey. Try these recipes for a well-balanced holiday spread.

Investigation into sheriff's department concludes

November 20, 2014

Following an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the Elk County Sheriff’s Office regarding the work schedules and overcompensation of deputy sheriffs, the findings of the investigation recommended that a criminal prosecution was not warranted; consequently, a criminal prosecution of any member of the Elk County Sheriff’s Office shall not occur.

East Branch Dam contractor visits Ridgway

November 20, 2014

With repairs upcoming for the East Branch Dam, Layne Christensen Construction, the company contracted to complete the repairs, visited Ridgway Thursday afternoon to begin networking with local businesses that will have an impact on the dam project.
On Aug. 26, Layne was awarded the contract for the East Branch Dam repairs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a total value of just over $132.5 million.

North Central reviewing railroad upgrades

November 20, 2014

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their monthly meeting Wednesday morning to discuss possible upgrades that could be on the horizon for the region's railroad system.
A few weeks ago, North Central officials were approached about the possible changes by two of the short-line railroad companies in the area, the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad that runs north to south in the area and the R.J. Corman Railroad Company that runs through Clearfield and Clinton Counties.

County should hold line on taxes

November 19, 2014

While a budget draft has not yet been completed, the Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning confirmed that taxes will not increase for the upcoming year.
Commissioner June Sorg said Tuesday the commissioners asked for little to no increases in projected expenditures from the respective county departments.
A draft of the 2015 budget should be unveiled at the board's next meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Elk Creek repairs on the horizon

November 19, 2014

Following the May 21 flood that impacted Ridgway, Elk Creek was damaged and the needed repairs for it will come with a cost that could enter into the $1 million range.
Using an agreement that was made during the 1960s, the Ridgway Borough is working together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the flood damage to Elk Creek in Ridgway, according to Kim Zimmerman, the Ridgway Borough manager.
The agreement stated that repairs to Elk Creek for flood damage would be done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but work was not done when the contract was originally signed.

No property tax increase for township

November 19, 2014

Property taxes for Ridgway Township will not be increased for the upcoming year as the Ridgway Township Supervisors have a proposed budget for the year that shows a surplus.
Supervisor John Gardner made the announcement that the supervisors would not be increasing property taxes, which marks the 23rd straight year without a property tax increase, with the last increase coming in 1991.
Following a unanimous vote, the supervisors approved a proposed budget, which will now be available for public viewing as required by state law.

VIDEO: What We Learned From the Steelers Win Over the Titans

November 18, 2014

VIDEO: What We Learned From the Steelers Win Over the Titans
Moss and Morrison break down the Steelers win.

Milliard gets 60 months for firearms charges

November 18, 2014

ERIE – Francis Anthony Milliard, 57, formerly of Ridgway, has been sentenced in federal court to 60 months in jail and ordered to forfeit firearms involved in the offenses on his conviction of conspiracy to possess firearms by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced Monday.
According to the Department of Justice, United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Milliard.

Borough council votes to end curbside recycling

November 17, 2014

During Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting, the council voted to decide the fate of curbside recycling for 2015, and by a 4-2 vote, all recycling programs within the borough have been axed.
With the 2015 budget due by the end of the year, the recycling program has come under scrutiny during the past few borough council meetings, mostly due to high costs to the borough and low participation rates by the borough residents.
The program has cost the borough approximately $52,000 a year, but putting all the recycled goods in the landfill would have cost the borough around $6,000 a year.

War model collection gains attention

November 16, 2014

Randy Baloga, a United States Marine Corps veteran (1971-1977) recently added a portion of his 1:6 scale model soldier collection to the display case welcoming residents to the Elk County Courthouse Annex along Center Street in Ridgway.
"I'm a veteran and I've been coming to the Courthouse Annex for several years now," Sergeant Baloga said. "In the past years this display window has been the same and I thought it might be nice to do something different."
The seeds for such a collection were planted 50 years ago as Baloga had quite a few Hasbro toys around 1964.

UPB students given Seneca rig tour

November 16, 2014

EMPORIUM – Representatives from Seneca Resources invited four University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students to tour one of their rigs in Emporium to show the realities of working and living on a drilling rig.
The four students, who were all enrolled in the petroleum technology program at UPB, were able to use the tour to transition their knowledge from books to real life while learning about future employment opportunities that may be available to them.

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