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All About Elk, Saturday, At Elk Country Visitors Center



The program "All About Elk" will be presented at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th at Elk Country Visitors Center. Learn about the elk of Pennsylvania. KECA staff will help you discover some of the seasonal behaviors of the bulls, cows, and calves. Hear some interesting facts about the history of elk in the Keystone State


Sunday, September 6th, it's "Welcome To The Rut". The rut has begun , the bulls are bugling, the cows are eating and the calves are losing their spots. Join center staff as we discuss the habits of elk during the rutting season. If the elk are bugling and active we will take a walk to the viewing blinds to observe their behavior.


Alumni Mass September 18th At ECCHS


The Elk County Catholic High School Alumni Association will hold its September Alumni Mass on Friday, September 18 at 9:05 a.m.* at ECCHS. *Please note the day and time change from last year. All graduates of Central High School and Elk County Christian/Catholic High School are invited to attend and celebrate with the students, faculty and staff. The mass intention this month will be for the classes of 1930 and 1975. Breakfast will be served immediately following in the cafeteria.


United Way Campaign Underway



The St. Marys Area United Way campaign is now underway. Our goal this year is $170,000 to assist our 14 partner agencies. Since the United Way is always giving back we are sponsoring a RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS week from September 6-12th. Read to a child, Thank a teacher, Volunteer, Rake a neighbors yard- the opportunities are endless. Let us know what you do by posting your act of kindness on Facebook or call 781-6000 or email us a picture at contact@smaunitedway.org. Pictured is Tom Heindel taking care of another area.You are never too young to volunteer!! This is a project that the St. Marys Heritage Preservation Group has taken on. Let's see what you can do next week.


Harassment Incident Investigated In Emporium Borough


State Police in Emporium investigated a reported harassment incident at 228 West 4th Street in Emporium. According to police the incident occurred as a 32 year old male suspect beat a 45 year old female while at her residence. The investigation continues.


First Friday Bread Sale September 3rd and 4th


The Sacred Heart Social Committee will host the First Friday Bread Sale on Thursday, September 3rd and Friday, September 4th. To order, call 834-7861, or 834-3698. Pick up will be Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Sacred Heart Building Fund.



Annual Family Picnic And Bonfire Thursday At ECC



the annual Family Picnic and bonfire will take place Thursday, September 3rd at Elk County Catholic School. Mass wil be at 4:30 p.m. Dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., a procession to the Football Field. Introduction of fall athletic teams and band at 7:15 p.m. The bonfire at 8 p.m.


Meet The Dutch Night



A "Meet The Dutch" night will be held on Thursday, September 3rd. Members of the fall sports team and band will be introduced. The event gets underway at 7 p.m, with a bonfire to follow.


ECCHS In Need Of Host Families


Elk County Catholic High School is seeking a host family for an international student fo the 2016 spring semester. If you are willing to host a student form January until June, please contact Kim Schlimm, Director of International Students, at 814-834-7800, ext. 231, or schlimmk@eccss.org.  


City Police Investigate Hit And Run


City Police reported investigating a hit and run accident that occurred in either the parking lot at Penn Highlands Elk or the parking lot at Rite Aid Pharmacy between 2:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on September 2nd. The victim's vehicle is a 2013 grey or silver colored GMC Yukon. Anyone with information on this incident should contact City Police.


Theft Reported At Edgewood Hall


City Police reported a theft that occurred on August 29th between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Edgewood Hall. Police report that someone had taken a brown, leather Vera Bradley wristlet, valued t $110.00. the wristlet contained $120 in cash, a PA driver's license, and insurance cards. Anyone with information on this theft should contact City Police.


National Drug Take Back Day


State Police in Emporium will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take Back Day, Saturday, September 12th form 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Anyone wishing to dispose of unwanted/unused prescription over the counter medication may do so at the PSP Emporium station. No needles, syringes or sharps will be accepted.


"Restless Heart" Coming To St. Marys In March



For the last several years, St. Marys Auto Body has sponsored a concert, featuring nationally recognized talent. The company announce this week that the band Restless Heart will perform on Saturday, March 12th, 2016. More details coming soon




D9 Sports Ranks District 9 Teams



With five straight District 9 Class AAA titles, Clearfield has been one of the premier programs in District 9, and the Bison's open their season atop the D9 Sports rankings (Click Here)


PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed For Labor Day


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, September 5, through Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday. 


Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.  


Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.


A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2015 is available on the website under “News, Stats and Facts.”


Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.


Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.

Mailboxes Damaged Along West Creek Road


City Police reported investigating an incident on West Creek Road, where several mailboxes were damaged near Little Bear Run Road and Herzing Road. The mailboxes were damaged by someone on September 1st. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact City Police.


Free Growler, While They Last, At Casali's Italian Grille!



While supplies last..... Come into Casali's today and receive a FREE GROWLER with the purchase of a fill up.... Growlers are a great way to take any of the Craft beer we are always rotating on tap. With 12 to choose from you can always have something different in your fridge. These containers are refillable, allowed to be transported in vehicles, and keep craft beer fresh for over three days. Each Growler holds 4 pints of your favorite draft beer! This deal saves you more than $8. Come in and fill up your free growler today! (Must be 21 years of age or older) (Please drink responsibly)


Commissioners Hear Of Impact Of Budget Stalemate


Several local agencies expressed their concerns over the state budget stalemate at this weeks meeting of the Elk County Commissioners. Local service providers face the reality that state payments are halted, thus effecting people served and employees.


County Commissioner, Dan Freeburg, stated that with funding not available, the county will have to pitch in more.


Adult Volleyball And Men's Dodgeball At Boys And Girls Club


Once again the St Marys Boys and Girls Club will be holding adult volleyball leagues and we also will continue our Men's dodgeball league which turned out to be a success over the spring! Co-Ed Spike, Co-Ed No Spike and Women's Spike divisions roster sheets are available on our website at www.smboysandgirlsclub.com. Go to "Sign Up" and at the bottom of the page Volleyball is highlighted. Print of the roster sheet and drop it off to the Club between 9-18-15 through 9-16-15. The cost is $180 per team and we will only be accepting a maximum of 8 teams per division. Co-Ed games will be played on Monday's and Wednesdays while Women's Spike is on Thursday evenings. Men's Dodgeball roster sheets will be available on the website tomorrow. Cost for the Men's dodgeball will be $125 per team and there will be a maximum of 8 teams for the league as well. Men's dodgeball will be held on Tuesday nights.



Rotary District Governor Visits



Pictured is District Governor David Ford (3rd from left) at the Rotary meeting held in Johnsonburg on Monday Night. Club Presidents Pam Allegretto Dilulio (Johnsonburg) Susan Lepovetsky (St. Marys), Roger Peterson (Ridgway), along with assistant district governor Calvin Thomas of Clearfield, and Toni Zawisa (Clearfield Rotary President). The members enjoyed a great meal, and fellowship. The St. Marys Rotary Club wishes to Thank the Johnsonburg Club for hosting this years event.



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St. Marks Festival In September



The annual St. Marks Catholic Church festival begins September 4th with a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to  7 p.m. Cost is $8.00 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 10. Under 5 Free. Bingo will be held form 7 to 10 p.m.


On Saturday, September 5th, the festival will begin at 11 a.m. There will be food booths, beer tent, wine and cheese tasting. Two Guys Drinking Beer will perform at 7 p.m.


Boys And Girls Club To Officially Begin New Program Year On September 8th


St. Marys Boys And Girls Club will be opening up for the new program year on Tuesday September 8th, 2015! The Club hours are 3:15-8:15 Monday through Friday. Cost for membership continues to be only $15 for the program year (September 2015 through July 2016). Membership applications will be available at the Club and they will also be available online at www.smboysandgirlsclub.com. The Club will once again be offering our Homework Club, Cooking/Baking, Walking Club, Arts/Crafts, Lego Club, Game Rooms, Gym Activities etc........ Also, Director John Benjamin will once again personally walk members down to the Club from South Saint Marys Elementary School on a daily basis. We are continuing to get the Club prepared for next week and we hope all the children in the community are getting as excited as we are!


Piedmont Club's 3rd Annual "Project Gifts For Elk County" Bike Run


The 3rd annual "Project Gifts For Elk County" Bike Run, sponsored by the Piedmont Club of Johnsonburg, will be held on Saturday, September 12th. A pancake Breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Sausage and fresh cut fries will be sold beginning at 11 a.m. Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m.


Registration is $10 or a new toy for Project Gifts For Elk County. "Witch Hazel and Ozone Rangers will provide entertainment. Tattoo vendor, Bob Price and several other vendors will be on hand. There will also be a Chinese Auction.


For more information, call 965-4810. The Autumn Harvest Festival and Car Show will also take place on Market Street.




Emporium Man Charged With Possession


State Police in Emporium report answering a call in Emporium Borough regarding a man walking in the roadway. Police said the individual, Xavier Dennis Kiser, 19, was approached and it was discovered that he was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Kiser was arrested and charges were filed.


Emporium Woman Cited For Harassment


State Police reported that Diane Simar, of Emporium, was cited for one count of summary harassment after she spit on Brandon Catalone, also of Emporium. The incident took place on Sunday, August 30th at 43 Sunny Lane.


Deer Blamed For Accident On Route 120


State Police reported that a 2005 Buick, operated by Autumn Sidelinger, 31, of Byrnedale, was traveling west on Route 120. Sidelinger alleged that several deer entered the roadway and swerved to the right edge of the road to avoid the deer. Her vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, struck a small metal post and returned to the road. Minor damage was reported to the vehicle. Sidelinger suffered minor injuries.


Toy Run To Benefit Project Gifts For Elk County


The annual Toy Run will be held during the Bavarian Fall Fest in September. The Toy Run is Saturday, September 19th.


Registration will begin at 2 p.m, the ride starts at 4 p.m. from St. Marys Walmart. Registration is a toy donation for Project Gifts For Elk County. The Toy Run begins at Walmart, to kersey, Ridgway, Johnsonburg and to St. Marys at the Bavarian Fall Fest.


The Moore Brothers will be performing from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Proceeds benefit Project Gifts For Elk County


Also, the KIDZ ZONE has been moved to the South St. Mary Street Elementary School Gym from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Penn Highlands Elk Announces New Orthopedic Surgeon To Its Medical Staff



Penn Highlands Elk is pleased to welcome Robert Metts, M.D., to its medical staff.  Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Metts will begin seeing patients on September 1 in the Medical Office Building on the Penn Highlands Elk campus.


 “I am excited to work with the staff at Penn Highlands Elk,” said Dr. Metts.  “I know the community has needed additional orthopedic coverage, and I am so happy to be joining the clinicians in St. Marys.”


 Dr. Metts graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1989.  He performed an internship in general surgery at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA and went on to do a residency in orthopedic surgery there. 


 He worked for nearly a decade as a physician with the U.S. Navy, having served on the U.S.S. Saipan and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the Naval Hospital of Newport, RI.  In 1998, Dr. Metts began working in Meadville, PA, where he developed the Crawford County Sports Medicine program.  He worked at two hospitals in New Hampshire and one in North Carolina, and then he was deployed three times: to Cuba, Haiti and Iraq.  


Most recently Dr. Metts has worked with Susquehanna Health as an orthopedic surgeon in Wellsboro, PA.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 



Elk County Human Society Benefit September 26th



"Wine and Whiskers", sponsored by the Winery at Wilcox, will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the event. Your ticket includes wine tasting, special edition Humane society Wine Glass, Hors D'oeuvres, door prizes and live entertainment.


Friendly pets on leash welcome. All proceeds benefit the Elk County Humane Society. Call 834-3247.





63rd Bennetts Valley Labor Day Celebration



The 63rd annual Bennetts Valley Labor Day Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 6th and Monday, September 7th. There will be kids rides, bingo, food vendors, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, along with the crowning of Miss Bennetts Valley.


The annual parade will be held on Monday, September 7th.


Straub Brewery Customer Appreciation Day September 18th



Ladies and Gentlemen it is OFFICIAL!!! Straub Brewery Customer Appreciation Day is set for September 18th from 11am - 1pm with contests, prizes, beer sampling and the works. But guess what? that's not all . . . Bavarian Fall Fest will be happening all weekend long in downtown St. Marys. So come visit us at the brewery and ring in the fall with our recently released Oktoberfest!!!!!!!!! Then venture downtown to all the local merchant shops and vendors! 


Cameron County Commissioners Hear Update On County's Judicial Sales


The Cameron County Commissioners on Thursday heard a brief update on the county’s upset and judicial sales.

The upset sale is scheduled for Sept. 18. The original sale list included approximately 300 properties, but that number has dropped to less than 100 now. Any properties not sold at the upset sale will be placed into the judicial sale next


County solicitor Tommy Tompkins spoke on the two sales, stating the deeds for properties sold in the judicial sale were filed and recorded as of Aug. 18, so new owners are now taking possession of the properties.

Fifteen of the 20 properties included in the sale sold at auction. The other properties have been placed into the county repository. Tompkins reported that a bid has been placed on one of them already. (Bradford Era)


Wallet Recovered On Laurel Mill Road


State Police reported recovering a wallet at the picnic area located on Laurel Mill Road. The owner may claim the wallet by contacting State Police at 776-6136.




Abbott Furnace Donates To CAPSEA



Abbott Furnace raised $1650 at this year’s annual Wing Fling by raffling off a custom made chicken barbecue and a custom made fire ring, as a result of the community’s generous donations a $550 check was presented to each of the following charities; Project Gifts for Elk County, C.A.P.S.E.A. , Ridgway Area School District Coat Fund. We hope to compete again next year and help raise funds for these and other local charities. We would also like to challenge other local manufactures to do the same.

Pictured Left To Right:
Ed Gaffney, Jason Chileski, Tracy Ross, Billie Jo Weyant, Dustin Yetzer, Dr. Steve Feldbauer, Carter Dippold


National Main Street Accreditation For Ridgway


Ridgway, along with Bradford Main Street programs, are now certified with National Main Street Accreditation by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center with a presentation ceremony Wednesday afternoon in Erie.


The programs in Bradford and Ridgway received the accreditation because the met all 10 standards of community support for the Commercial district revitalization, with strong support form both the public and private sectors, and a mission relevant to community conditions and comprehensive work plan.




Cash Stolen From Vehicle In Horton Township


State Police reported that someone removed a known amount of cash from a car owned by Barbara Spinda, 54, of Kersey, while it was parked on Route 219 in Horton Township. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact State Police.


Accident At Intersection Of Boot Jack Road And Shelvey Summit Road


According to State Police, a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier, operated by Thomas Kucenski, 52, of Ridgway, was traveling south on Route 219 and was stopped in the left turn lane attempting to turn on to Shelvey Summit Road. Charles Huggler Jr., 65, of Ridgway, was traveling north on Route 219. Kucenski failed to observe the Huggler vehicle and pulled directly into the path of the Huggler Vehicle. The two vehicles collided. After impact, Kucenski spun counterclockwise approximately 30 degrees and came to rest in the north lane. Huggler continued north on Route 219 for about 50 feet and struck a road sign in front of the Kucenski Vehicle. Huggler was then able to bring his vehicle to a controlled stop. There were no injuries reported.


Cameron County Woman Accused Of Passing Bad Check


State Police in Emporium report that Patricia Anne Harrier drew a check and gave it to a known 56 year old from Plano, Texas. The victim was unable to cash the check as there were insuffiecient funds in Harrier's account. Harrier failed to make good on the check and wa subsequently charged under section 4016 of the crimes code relating to bad checks. The investigation continues. 


Grant Awarded To Headwaters Trust


Harrison and Muriel Dauer Stackpole Family Fund has awarded a grant of $6,000.00 to the Headwaters Charitable Trust.


The grant will be used to help support a team of 4 AmerCorps VISTA Volunteers, who will be relocating to Elk County from all over the country to develop and implement the Living Greener Program. The Stackpole Family Fund is administered by the Elk County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of North Central Pennsylvania.


Applications for the Harrison and Muriel Dauer Stackpole Family Fund are accepted and reviewed quarterly. Please contact the Elk County Community Foundation at 834-2125 for more information.




Open House To Mark Kinzua Dam 50 Years Of Service


To commemorate the Kinzua Dam’s first 50 years of service, an open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced.


The open house will be held in the Kinzua Dam and Big Bend Visitor Center in Warren County.


Kinzua Dam was constructed in the 1960’s and serves as a key component of the Allegheny River flood reduction system.


During the open house, activities will include an audio-visual presentation detailing the history and benefits of the dam. The Army Corps of Engineers hopes to highlight significant events and expand the public’s historical knowledge about the planning, construction, and continuing operation of the dam and Allegheny Reservoir. (Bradford Era)