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Penn Highlands Elk Pioneers Nurse Navigator Program



Pinecrest Manor at Penn Highlands Elk is pleased to welcome Lu Ann Mabie, CRNP to its clinical team.  A nurse practitioner, Lu Ann will see residents at the skilled nursing facility, located in St. Marys.  This is a new position, which was made possible through a grant from the Stackpole-Hall Foundation. 


David Wolfe, administrator at Pinecrest Manor explained, “Currently all long-term care facilities have a medical director who makes rounds on many or all of the residents at the facility.  Many of these physicians also make rounds on patients in the hospitals, in addition to seeing patients in their offices.  The case load becomes overwhelming.” 


That is why Pinecrest Manor is pioneering the nurse practitioner program.  Lu Ann will collaborate with the physicians and oversee the residents’ care on a daily basis.  She will help with charting and the development of clinical protocols.  Lu Ann will also be a liaison to the hospital staff and serve on teams, such as the Palliative Care Team.


Lu Ann has been a registered nurse since 1994, when she graduated from the nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, PA.  In December of that year, she began working in DuBois.  She has worked in intensive care and cardiovascular intensive care. 


In 2006, Lu Ann went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing and then a master’s and post-master’s degree in 2012 from Clarion and Edinboro Universities.  In August of that year, she became board certified and received her Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate.    


Until her appointment at Pinecrest Manor, Lu Ann saw outpatients at Penn Highlands Family Medicine in DuBois, alongside Dr. Gregory Austin and Dr. Mark Maloney. 


Structure Fire Near Winslow Hill


Emergency Personnel were called to a reported structure fire at 109 Summerson Road in Benezette on Saturday, April 25th at approximately 2:19 a.m. The location is near Winslow Hill Road and Route 255.


Speed Limit Reduced In Construction Zones



Due to PennDOT work on Route 120 between Ridgway and St Marys, the posted speed limit is now 35 miles-per-hour through the construction zone. The project includes roadway paving, bridge repairs and drainage upgrades.


You can expect daylight lane restrictions controlled by flaggers in the roadway. PennDOT will issue updates on the project as traffic impacts change


Cameron County Chamber Bucks Redemption Centers Growing




Cameron County Chamber of Commerce officials confirm nearly 40 businesses accept the chamber bucks gift certificates.  “Gasoline to groceries can be purchased using the gift certificates,” according to  executive director, Tina Solak.  The certificates are only available at the chamber office and spend like cash. 


Each year the number of gift certificates used at locations throughout the area continues to climb.  In 2014 more than $3300.00 spent at locally owned businesses.  In just the first 3 months of 2015 the amount cashed in topping the $2300.00 mark. 


Employers are encouraged to consider issuing Chamber Bucks as bonuses.  The chamber will personalize the gift certificates and include an envelope ready for giving at no extra charge.  Chamber Bucks make wonderful gifts for that hard to buy person on the list. 


Chamber members can become redeemable sites by calling the chamber office.  They are used like cash and then presented to the chamber for full payment.  Chamber Bucks are available year round and can be purchased over the phone and mailed to recipients.


Rotary Club Clock Dedication Ceremony Saturday



In conjunction with the 65th anniversary of the St. Marys Rotary Club, Rotarians are dedicating a clock which is being constructed on the Boulevard in St. Marys. "The Gift of time, for all time", the clock will be dedicated at a special ceremony planned for April 25th at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend.


CLICK HERE for Dedication Program and listen to interview with Rotary President, Vern Kreckell III and Rotarian, Dave Greene


Cleanup Day, Saturday, April 25th In Cameron County


Saturday April 25 will be Clean up Cameron County.  Individuals and groups will be asked to sweep away the winter debris and prepare for spending more time outdoors.  Projects this year include litter pick up along the West Creek Rails to Trails, raking and putting down fresh mulch at the entrance signs, caboose and mini-park in Emporium, washing vacant store front windows in the business district and if there are enough volunteers additional projects will be added.  The Emporium Volunteer Firefighters will clean the sidewalks and Fourth Street Tuesday night April 14.  Emporium borough workers will rake the empty lots where snow was dumped and provide mulch for the projects.   Individuals or groups are asked to contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314 to register for the event. 


Tactical Emergency Medical Responder Class


The St. Marys Area Ambulance Service will be hosting a Tactical Emergency Medical Responder Class the week of May 18th - May 22nd. For more information contact Bob Gnan by Friday, May 1st, 2015 by calling the station at (814)781-1571


Tournament Of Bands Championship April 25th



The annual Tournament of Bands Indoor Chapter Championships will be held April 25th at 1:00 at the St. Marys Area High School. Twirlers, dance teams, color guards and indoor percussion groups from around Western PA will perform. Local groups include SMA and ECC indoor percussion and color guard along with the SMA dance team. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and student which covers the entire day of events!! Please come and enjoy these talented groups of students. 



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Events In Cameron County



The Cameron County Chamber Of Commerce features a daily calendar of events in the area. From meetings to special events. You can Click to view directly from the Chamber Website



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Pennsylvania Wilds Annual Banquet Held At The Red Fern



The Pennsylvania Wilds Annual Dinner and awards banquet was held on Thursday at the Red Fern. Business owners, citizens and organizations that serve the Pennsylvania Wilds were recognized for their efforts in supporting the organization.


Above, Tim Smith and Brad Clinton, from TOMBOB OUTDOORS, receiving an award as the Business of the Year.


Other local award winners were Umbrella Rocks-State Game Lands 44 in Ridgway, winner of the Great Places Award; the Pennsylvania Outdoors Elk Expo received the Event of the Year; Julie Mader of Cameron County received "Artisan of the Year", Todd Deluccia from Cameron County received the Conservation Stewardship Individual Award.


St. Marys In Top 5 Best Places For Small Business



Is starting a small business the new American dream? It just might be. According to a recent University of Phoenix survey 63% of 20-somethings own their own business or want to in the future, while 53% of American adults have seriously considered starting their own venture.


There’s good news for all these aspiring entrepreneurs: things are looking up for small business. In November, The National Federation of Independent Businesses reported that its Small Business Optimism Index increased by 2.0 points to 98.1, the highest rating since before the recession. And small businesses and startups continue to grow – not only in places like New York and San Francisco, but all across the country.


As part of our series on small business growth, we ranked the 10 best places for small business in the Northeast, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. We looked at net small business growth, net small business employee growth, and percentage of businesses that are small businesses, and created a weighted overall score.


Number 4 on our list is St. Marys, PA. This Elk County city experienced 3% net small business growth, and a full 68% of its businesses employ 20 people or fewer. Located between the Allegheny National Forest and the Elk State Forest, St. Marys boasts small businesses that range from breweries and restaurants to tech companies and theatres. (Read Article)



Ray Beimel


"Ray Beimel Remembers" is a weekly feature on The River 98.9, airing on Sunday morning at 10 a.m., with a podcast on this website.


This weekend, Ray remembers the logging industry in St. Marys and what an important role it played in the growth of our area...CLICK TO LISTEN



Senior Living


Bert Sorg and staff from St. Marys Ambulance Service  With details on current Subscription drive. Jeff Buchheit Talks With Jessica Rooker, Occupational Therapist At Elk Haven




East Branch Dam Safety Initiative Project Groundbreaking



Using ceremonial shovels, soil was tossed to marked the official start of the East Branch am Safety Initiative project in Wilcox on Thursday, April 16th.


The primary objective of our Dam Safety Program is to maintain public safety by ensuring the dams we own and operate are safe and risks to the public are minimized. East Branch Dam has confirmed dam safety issues related to potential internal erosion similar to the serious internal erosion episode in 1957 that required lowering the lake to make repairs. Listen to interview with Mike Rattay, East Branch Project Manager... (Read More)


Thank A Nun Day May 5th



Thank A Nun Day is a social media campaign to say "Thanks" to Catholic Sisters around the world!

On May 5, social media users everywhere are invited to join an unprecedented global movement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest called Thank A Nun Day.  


Thank a Nun Day is an organized social media effort that invites participants of all ages from around the world to unite under the hashtag #ThankANun to share messages of gratitude to the Catholic nuns—past and present—who have made a difference in their lives. (Read More)


Domino's Match Game Winner!


Congratulations to Lori Iorfido, this weeks Match Game Winner! (Friday, April 17th)  Click Here


Headwaters Charitable Trust Sponsoring "Fly Fishing Challenge"



Hooked on Headwaters first annual Fly Fishing Challenge will be held on Friday, May 29th at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford campus on the west Branch of the Tunungwant Stream. Registration and check-in for the event will take place in Blaisdale Hall. You're invited to join us for a unique day of fishing, education and fun.


Featured speaker will be Joe Humphreys, well know fly fisherman.


Morning sessions begin at 7:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the afternoon session starts at 2 p.m.


For sponsorship information, registration along with printable brochures, CLICK HERE


Flying Dutch Report


News and information from the St. Marys Area School District. Dr. Toth talks about local taxes compared to what the St. Marys Area School District puts back into our local economy


Dr. Toth also talks about some of the projects that are being planned in the St. Marys Area School District


Click Here


Taste Of The Arts Event July 25th


Elk County Council on the Arts is looking for artists to display artwork for Taste of the Arts. This event is a juried Artisan Show and Market presented by the Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) The show presents 10-11 regional artists for display and pieces for purchase. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to browse and shop local talent while enjoying the tastes of the region.

Taste of the Arts is being held in conjunction with Tasting in the Wilds presented by the Ridgway Heritage Council. The Tasting in the Wilds is Wine, Beer, Food and Art Festival that features the tastes of the PA Wilds. The festival features numerous wineries, dozens of breweries, food vendors, live music and Taste of the Arts artisan show and market. The event will be held at the Ridgway Firemen's Grounds Rte 219, N. Broad St in Ridgway, from 12-7 pm, rain or shine, July 25th. For more information or to appy as an artist, visit


Instant Winner Wednesday Winner Is Lisa DeWald!



Wally Cox, Paul Lynde & Morey Amsterdam were all regular guests on what popular 60's TV Game Show? Lisa DeWald was this weeks winner ....CLICK HERE





Domino's Match Game Winner!



Congratulations To Courtney Miller, this weeks Domino's Match Game Winner!  CLICK HERE for this weeks Match Game Answer. Check in this Friday for a chance to win a free Pizza From Domino's Pizza in St. Marys.


Elk Conservation District Planning Clay Shooting Event


The Elk County Conservation District will sponsor a Clay Shooting Event on Sunday, June 7th at the St. Marys Sportsmen's Club. there will be wobble trap and doubles shooting events. For more information call Kate Yetzer, kyetzer@countyofelkpa.com



Annual Arbor Day Ceremony Held At Benzinger Park



On a day better suited to decorate a Christmas tree, 5th grade students from the Elk County Catholic School system planted a Purple Prince Flowering Crab tree as part of the City Shade Tree Commission's 10th Arbor Day Ceremonies held today at Benzinger Park. Toby Herzing from "Tree City USA" commended the Shade Tree Commission on their 10th "Tree City USA" award


Rotary Welcomes Dr. Brian Toth And Dr. Josh Williams



The St. Marys Rotary Club welcomed Dr. Brian Toth and Dr. Josh Williams, from the St. Marys Area School District at this weeks meeting. Rotarians were given an update on happenings at the St Marys Area School District. Pictured is Rotary President, Vern Kreckel, III, Dr. Toth, Dr. Williams and Rotarian Greg Snelick.


Pete Winklbauer Welcomed By Rotarians



The St. Marys Rotary Club welcomed Pete Winklebauer, Art Teacher at Elk County Catholic High School. Pete was the guest of Rotarian Greg Snelick. He will be assisting the Club in preparing their float for the upcoming Memorial Day Parade. Pete is pictured with club Presidnet, Vern Kreckel III, and Rotarian Greg Snelick.


Ridgway Industry Planning Expansion


Elk County Commissioners say a tax-free loan will help Allegheny coatings, also known as Diversified coatings to expand and add more jobs. The company will be getting a $3.2 million loan from Northwest Savings Bank to construct a new building in an industrial park on Servidea Drive at a small industrial park on Boot Jack Hill. (WTAJ)


Sunshine Sampler Available This Weekend



Straub Brewery announced that the Sunshine Sampler will be available in St. Marys beginning this weekend and shipping across the state within the following week.


Community Education Center Launches Updated Website



Together with business, education, and community partners, the Community Education Center offers professional, academic, and personal opportunities of lifelong learning in Elk and Cameron Counties and the surrounding areas. We do this by coordinating with institutions of higher education and business/industry associations to bring relevant degree programs, non-credit training, workshops and academic advisement to your community. (View Website)


Bill To Expand Hunting Options Has Passed The House


Legislation authored by State Rep. Matt Gabler that would allow a possible expansion of hunting options for sportsmen has passed the state House without opposition. The state Senate may now take up House Bill 263, which could possibly bring about the use of air-, chemical- or gas cylinder powered weapons for hunting.


Gabler noted that one of his constituents was the inspiration for House Bill 263. It was pointed out to him how the technology associated with these rifles has improved to where they are viable, humane options for sportsmen.


Gabler's legislation would allow the PGC to study these firearms and decide which models should be allowed and during which hunting seasons they should be permitted to be used.

Eight other states allow use of these weapons in hunting whitetail deer and 23 states permit their use in hunting squirrels. Each individual state has made its own determination and I would like to see our commission have that same decision-making power.


Hazmat Awareness Class


The Emporium Volunteer Fire Department would like to remind area responders that their will be a Hazmat Awareness class next Tuesday at 6:00PM. We would like to kind of get a guess on the amount attending, so please respond here or send us an email saying how many, so that food and beverages can be obtained for the class.


Cadets Learn About Fire Extinguisher Safety



Civil Air Patrol Cadet learns about fire extinguisher safety during monthly safety training. Above, Joe Geer, a member of the Ridgway Fire Department trains the cadet in the proper way to handle an extinguisher.


Planning For 2015 Ridgway Fireman's Celebration


The annual Ridgway Fireman's Celebration will be held July 13th through the 18th. Once again the annual Pet parade will be held on Tuesday night. there will be a matinee on Wednesday. Thursday will be Special Olympics day form 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday will also feature a matinee from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the annual parade will be held. For a complete list of events, CLICK HERE


Big Events In Cameron County This Spring


Cameron County Chamber of Commerce announces three events for the spring.  They include two yearly outings and a brand new opportunity for residents.


Saturday May 16 Emporium Rotary Club will host Rotary Day in the county.  Busses will transport residents, students and parents from Sizerville State Park to various businesses in the region.  “The purpose is to encourage residents and students to spread the word about economic opportunities here at home,” explained Tina Solak, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.  Breakfast and lunch will be offered free of charge and students are eligible for prizes including tablets and gift cards.  To register for the event contact the chamber office.


National Trails Day is Saturday June 6 and this year, Hike Cameron County will focus on the West Creek Rails to Trails.  Nelson Haas will lead a group on the 12 mile excursion featuring a wildflower program.  The event which starts at 9:00am from the caboose in Emporium is free and no pre-registration is necessary.  Contact the chamber for more information.


State Police DUI Checkpoints


The Pennsylvania State Police report they will be conducting DUI Checkpoints during the month of may throughout the State Police Ridgway Patrol coverage area, encompassing all of Elk County


Stackpole-Hall Foundation's "Ideascale" Website To April 30th




The Stackpole-Hall Foundation is in the midst of their long range planning initiative. How do we keep our young people here? How can we best help our senior citizens? Dr. William Conrad talks about the initiative and how the community can help by sharing ideas on a special website that will be operational during the month of April, 2015. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION


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Watch the meetings on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE to watch


"Ideascale" Website Online



The Stackpole-Hall Foundation is excited to announce that as of Wednesday, April 1, 2015 its Long Range Planning project will officially start and that the "Ideascale" website will be up and running so that individuals will be able to submit ideas, vote on ideas and make comments on ideas. The website will remain active until April 30, 2015.  Visit The "Ideascale" website, CLICK HERE




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Elk Conservation District Planning Clay Shooting Event


The Elk County Conservation District will sponsor a Clay Shooting Event on Sunday, June 7th at the St. Marys Sportsmen's Club.


There will be wobble trap and doubles shooting events. For more information call Kate Yetzer, kyetzer@countyofelkpa.com

Leek Fest April 25th


The St. Marys Elks #437 Leek Fest will be held on Saturday, April 25th from noon to 6 p.m. music provided by J. M & Tango along with Theresa The Hoop Dancer. There will be a Leek Dip contest and 50/50. For tickets call 834-3015


Vacation Bible School Planned At Shiloh Presbyterian Church



Shiloh Vacation Bible School will be stepping out into the unknown and trusting God in all things! The exciting jungle theme will keep kids of all ages captivated as we study the book of Daniel. Join us for bible study, games, crafts, and music. Light supper provided nightly. Classes for toddler through students exiting 5th grade. Sunday, June 7 - Thursday, June 11, 4:30pm - 8:00pm


Jeff Buchheit On "Discover The Great Outdoors"



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Ray Beimel Remembers Sunday Morning At 10 a.m. On The River 98.9


Ray Remembers St. Marys Founders...LISTEN HERE



Sunday Morning Worship Services From Shiloh Presbyterian Church



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Ray Beimel Remembers Sunday Morning At 10 a.m. On The River 98.9


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Sunday Morning Worship Services From Shiloh Presbyterian Church



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Watch St. Marys City Council Meeting


The St. Marys City Council meets the first and third Monday each monht. Watch council meetings live on Zito Media Channel 9, and here on our website...(Watch Council Video)





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