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Farming Accident Claims The Life Of St. Marys Man


Elk County Coroner, Michelle Muccio, reports that on Wednesday, October 7th, Michael A. Schatz, 58, of Grunthaner Glen, St. Marys, was operating a farm tractor, which overturned, end over end,  into a ditch. Schatz was pinned underneath. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:27 a.m. on Wednesday by Elk County Coroner, Muccio.


Assisting at the scene were the St. Marys City Police Department, Crystal Fire Department, St. Marys Ambulance Service, Elk County Coroner's office.


The death was ruled accidental


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Business "Trick Or Treating" Returns To Ridgway



Business Trick or Treating will be held in downtown Ridgway on Thursday, October 29th from 3 to 5 p.m.


Vine Road Fire Ruled Accidental



The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and the Crystal Fire Department investigated the cause and origin of a fire that damaged a  wood frame structure at 708 Vine Road in St. Marys on Saturday, October 3rd.


The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and related to a problem with a chimney and interior ductwork. Damage is estimated at over $100,000.00. There were no injuries however a few pets perished as a result of the fire.


Kersey Man Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Drugs Into Prison


Josh Knepp of Kersey pleaded guilty to possessing Suboxone rectally smuggled into Elk County Prison in Ridgway in June of last year. Knepp, 37, pleaded guilty in Elk Count Court to possessing contraband while an inmate, a second-degree felony count and was sentenced Monday to 20 to 42 months confinement, according to an online court records.


Knepp was also sentenced Monday to 12 to 24 months confinement to run concurrent after pleading guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a second-degree misdemeanor, stemming for a March 2015 inciden in which police say he stole a relative's car from outside their Kersey home.


Elk County Humane Society Chicken BBQ October 11th



A Chicken BBQ to benefit the Elk County Humane Society will be held on Sunday, October 11th stating at 10:30 a.m. at the St Marys Elks Club. The BBQ features 1/2 chicken, steamed potato, baked beans, cole slaw and roll for $9.00.


Several Defendants Appear In Elk County Court For Return Day



Return day was held at Elk County Court on Monday. Plea and sentencing information  appear in online documents. For the complete list and story, visit (The Bradford Era)


Stackpole-Hall Foundation Executive Director Talks About Recent Long Range Planning Initiative



Dr. William Conrad, Executive Director of the Stackpole-Hall Foundation, provides information on the findings of their recent Long Range Planning Initiative.


View the entire ACTION PLAN...CLICK HERE



Gabler Votes To Defeat Gov. Tom Wolf's Proposal


State Rep Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria) and I today joined a bipartisan majority of our House colleagues today to defeat Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise taxes on Pennsylvanians. The governor’s plan, filed as an amendment to House Bill 283, proposed increasing the Personal Income Tax (PIT) from 3.07 percent to 3.57 percent and imposing severance tax on natural gas drillers while using a small portion of the taxes to finance an expansion of the state’s existing Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.


On the eve of the 100th day of the budget impasse, our governor must face the reality that the tax increases necessary to feed his insatiable appetite for unsustainable government spending does not have enough support from Pennsylvanians to become law. The reasons for opposing it are obvious. (Read More)


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Casali's "Indian Pale Milk Stout" Featured On Thursday



Come join Casali's Italian Grille this Thursday, October 8th at 5 p.m. to try this years pick from the United Way Craft Beer Competition. The United Way beer Casali's Italian Grille will be serving an "Indian Pale Milk Stout" named "I.P.M.S." Designed by home brewer Ben Pettenati and brewed on the Straubs small batch system, it combines all for the best parts of a  true Milk Stout with a generous helping of hops to make this a truly special one o of kind style of beer. The Judges that picked this Milk Stout are Corey Nesbitt (Bar Manager/Casali's) and Jeff Loeffler (Owner/GM Casali's)


Special thanks to Straub Brewery and especially Brewmaster Vince Assetta for his guidance and assistance in getting this beer to tap.


All proceeds from I.P.M.S. Sales will benefit the St Marys Area United Way. Stoop in and try some while supplies last. Plenty of appetizers and dinner specials too.


Suspect Facing DUI Charges


The Pennsylvania State Police in Emporium reported that a known suspect was pulled over for a vehicle code violation in Shippen Township on Monday, October 5th at 8:25 p.m. Upon further investigation it was found that the suspect was under the influence of alcohol. The investigation in continuing.


First Fork Festival October 10th


The annual First Fork Festival will be held on Saturday, October 10th at the Sinnemahoning State Park in Austin.




Man Killed After Being Struck By Another Vehicle Monday Morning


Fog may have played a part in a fatal accident that took place on Monday morning on Bucktail Trail. Jeffrey Lamb, 44, died of injuries sustained when he was struck by a passing pickup truck. Lamb was collecting trash at the time of the incident.


City police report that a garbage truck was stationary on the ewst side of the road facing east. Two workers had exited the truck to collect garbage from both sides of the road. A 1997 Ford F-250 operated by Richard Sarginger, 51, of St Marys, was traveling west on Bucktail Road, approaching the stopped garbage truck. Sarginger struck Lamb, who was crossing the roadway. Lamb was taken to Penn Highlands Elk, where he was pronounced deceased by Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio.


Police were assisted by the Crystal Fire Department and PennDOT. The Emporium Fire Department also assisted.


Police found that reduced visibility due to the time of day, fog and headlamp glare were all factors in the accident. The investigation continues.


The portion of highway between Benzinger Road and Jackson Road were closed for a period of time


Recreation Department Alerts Council Of Projects



Members of the St Marys Recreation Department alerted council of several projects, including the problem with an agin St Marys Community Pool. Members told of a pool that is very old in need of costly repairs.


Tim Pearson, newly appointed City Manager, was sworn in at last nights meeting. (Watch Meeting Here)


Cameron County Ambulance Officials Present Financial Problems


Cameron county ambulance officials predict they will be broke and in fact 72 thousand dollars in the hole by the end of 2016. 


Emporium borough council took action last night (Monday) and voted to give more than 28 thousand dollars to the ambulance service.  According to borough officials Shippen, lumber and portage townships are expected to vote this month to provide funding.  The money is coming from the Marcellus drilling act 13 impact fees.


Meanwhile Cameron county school board is waiting to get answers from ambulance officials before deciding on what level of service they want to contract for sporting events.  Last month officials offered levels based on how many emergency providers would respond and for which sports.


Cameron county baseball and softball players will have new head coaches this spring.  Ryan Breslin – baseball and Ryan Neal – softball have indicated they will not return for the 2016 season.


Money Recovered By City Police


City Police reported having money turned over them that was found in the area of the ST. Marys Plaza on October 5th. The owner may claim the money by contacting City Police and being able to give specific information regarding the money.


St. Marys Teen Charged With Theft Of A Motor Vehicle


State Police have charged Kyle Meyer, 18, of ST Marys for theft of a motor vehicle after an incident that occurred on September 30th in Kersey. Meyer is accused of removing a 1997 Dodge Dakota Ext. Cab truck from a parking area long the south side of Main Street an drove it around the area for a short time before parking it in an overgrown field approximately a half mile northwest from the scene. The vehicle suffered damage to the front of the vehicle as a result of striking a tree. The actor fled the scene.



Rotary Welcomes Author & Cancer Survivor Susan Evans



This week the St. Marys Rotary Club welcomed Susan Evans from Bradford. Susan is an Ovarian Cancer Survivor and is the Author of "Don't Write the Obituary Yet" which is a book she wrote about her experience with the disease. Susan is also a Rotarian, and a member of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Advisory Board. She was the guest of Rotarian Dale Lepovetsky, and is pictured here with Dale and Club President Susan Lepovetsky.


Former Rep. Jim Distler Remembered By State House



Monday on the House floor, we took time to remember state Rep. Jim Distler, who passed away earlier this year. He served Clearfield and Elk counties in the state House for three terms and will always be remembered as an outstanding public servant.

Here are the floor remarks I offered in introducing the condolence resolution. (Click Here)


Drones Headed To Emporium



If you see something flying overhead in Emporium next week most likely it is a drone.  Drone Guys have targeted the PA Wilds for documentation.  Jim Temoshenko and Chad Raugh from Mount Jewett will be at the controls. 


The company has flown over St Marys, DuBois and other cities in the region and will post the Emporium video on the web site:  droneguyspa.com. 


Youth Charged With Stealing Candy Bar


State Police reported a retail theft that occurred at M. J. Market at 275 Fairview Road in Kersey. A known 12 year old male was charged with taking a Reese Peanut Butter Cup candy bar without paying.


Kersey Woman Cited On Hollow Street In Fox Township


State Police responded to and investigated a report of an intoxicated person at 109 Hollow Street in Fox Township. It was determined that the Anne Simpson, 45, of Kersey, was under the influence of alcohol to a degree that may endanger herself. Simpson was charged for public drunkenness on a non-traffic citation.




Open House In Conjunction With National Fire Prevention Week



Mark your Calendars for Saturday October 10th. The Ridgway Fire Department will have an open house on Saturday October 10th from 12:00 noon until 3:00PM as a part of Fire Prevention Week. All RFD equipment will be on display, there will be Fire Prevention handouts for the kids, snacks will be provided, and of course the ever poplar fire truck rides. The open house will be held at the carnival lot unless the weather is bad, and then it will be at Central Station.


Shop Local Made Easier


The words are bantered about “shop local”, but why and how?  The why is because local merchants make donations to local organizations.  Dealing with an out of town owner is often difficult to reach and corporate policy sometimes places restrictions.  For every dollar spent at a local hardware, grocery, or retail shop 45 cents comes back to the community.  Purchase it elsewhere and 15 cents comes back, and if you purchase online, no money comes back locally.


The how just got easier.  Saturday November 28 is Shop Small Saturday.  A number of retail shops will participate hosting special sales and activities.  To help you pick out the perfect gift, the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce web site at www.cameroncountychamber.org  is offering a gift buying section.  Each week gifts made by artists in the region will be featured.  They can be purchased using the online store, or reserved with a phone call for pick up.


This season shop local and keep the money local


Gymnastics Sign Up At St. Marys Boys And Girls Club


GYMNASTICS: Sign up for gymnastics will begin on Monday October 5th. Gymnastics will start on Saturday October 10th. Ages 3,4,5 cost is $40 per month with $15 sign up fee. Ages 6 and up cost is $45 per month with $15 sign up fee. Gymnastics will be on Saturdays with preschool kids going 9:00-9:45am and older kids going from 9:45-10:45. In November gymnastics will switch to Monday's with preschool going 4:00-4:45 and older group going at 4:45-5:45. The date is unknown at this time when it will switch from Saturday's to Monday's but we will be sure to get this info out ASAP. YOU MUST SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAM IN PERSON AT THE CLUB!! WE WILL NOT ACCEPT SIGN UPS OVER THE PHONE!! Club hours are Monday - Friday 3:15-8:15.



Elk County Humane Society Fall Festival October 10th


The Elk Count Humane Society will hold their Fall Festival on Saturday, October 10th at the Fllying Dove Ranch in Ridgway. Registratinon for the Trail Run will be at 8 a.m. with the race starting a t 9 a.m. There will be awards for the top 3 finishers. Proceeds benefit the Elk County Humane Society.




Ridgway Homecoming Week October 5th - 10th


Ridgway Middle-High School will be celebrating Homecoming Week from October 5-10. This year’s theme is “Around the World. ”Various activities including dress theme days, the Homecoming parade, athletic contests, a school spirit assembly, the Homecoming Dance, and various class competitions will take place throughout the week to promote school spirit. 

“Elker Day” will be Friday, October 9th with activities including a pep rally-spirit assembly. Students and staff will be encouraged to wear the Maroon and White proudly in anticipation of the Homecoming football game at 7PM versus Elk County Catholic. 

The Homecoming Parade will be returning as part of the festivities on Friday. This year’s parade will kick-off at 5:30PM. The parade will feature class floats from grades 6-12 (each grade chose country as their float theme), the Mighty Elker Marching Band, the Ridgway Area High School cheerleaders, and the twelve members of the 2015 Ridgway Area High School Homecoming Court. The parade route will include Front Street (parade participants will “stage” at the PennDot facility on Front Street) to Taylor Street, then proceed up Taylor Street to Memorial Field, where the parade will make its way down the track in front of the stands.


A celebrity judging panel will conduct float judging. The announcement of the winning class floats will take place at halftime of the football game. The public is encouraged to watch the parade from points along the route or at Memorial Field.




Hometown Mentors "Hall Of Fame"



Beth Summerson Lane will be inducted into the Hometown Hall of Fame on October 17, 2015. Come and celebrate this member of the CCHS class of 2000. 7:00 pm at the Cameron County High School Auditorium. Also honored in this Hall of Fame class are: James Thompson, Larry Boring, Dennis "Huck" Hockenberry and the Late Fred Williams.

These Hometown Mentors deserve to have the auditorium filled with people and recognition.... Come home and help us honor these trusted mentors.




Deadline Looming for Sinnemahone 50k


Saturday October 17 will mark the third running of the Sinnemahone 50k.  The deadline for registration is set for Thursday October 1.  “Added this year is a 10k course.  We hope that will introduce runners to trail courses and encourage participation in various trail runs held throughout the PA Wilds,” explained race director, Craig Hudson.  All three races begin and end in Emporium.  The course follows the West Creek Rails to Trails for less than one half mile and travels through the Elk State Forest utilizing pipelines and DCNR trails.


Registrations can be dropped off at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office in Emporium, taken over the phone or online at www.ultrasignup.com


In conjunction with the race, a community fall flea market will be held in downtown Emporium.  The chamber of commerce office (814-486-4314) is taking reservations for $10.00 a spot. 




New Goodwill Donation Center To Open In St. Marys


Goodwill Industries of North Central PA is improving the donor experience by opening a new Attended Donation and Training Center in Saint Marys. The new 3,000 square-foot Donation Center is located at 24 Washington Avenue, right around the corner from the Saint Marys Goodwill Store.  This new location was chosen with the convenience of the donor in mind and has drive-up access for dropping off donations.


“Donations are the driving force of Goodwill Industries and making donating easier for our donors was the main reason for developing this new donation site,” said Ray Donati, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Central PA. “The old location will continue to function at this time but making a donation at our downtown store was not easy, so this new site seemed to be a logical decision.”


The donation center will create 4 new jobs and serve as Goodwill’s first Donation Attendant Training Center for every Goodwill Donation Attendant. Employees from throughout the 13 counties that Goodwill Industries of North Central PA serves will come to this training center to learn to provide the donor the best service possible.  The new  donation center will open on October 5, 2015.

We thank all the donors in the Saint Marys area for their continued support of our mission,” Donati said.



New Donation Center Should Make Donating More Convenient For St. Marys Residents




Police Investigating Stolen Vehicle In Kersey


State Police reported the theft a motor vehicle that occurred along Route 948 in Kersey. Police report that Kyle Meyer, 18, of ST Marys removed a 1997 Dodge Dakota from a parking area along the south side of Main Street and drove it around the area for a short time before parking it in an overgrown field near the scene. The vehicle suffered damage to the front as a result of striking a tree. The actor then left the scene. The victim is a know male form Kersey.


St. Marys Woman Charged With Insurance Fraud


After an investigation by the Office Of Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section, Theresa Lynn Sample, 25, of St Marys, was charged on September 25th with one count each of insurance fraud and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. An investigation revealed that Sample allegedly made a claim to her insurance company, stating that she was involved in an accident in July of last year in which she struck another vehicle. A Pennsylvania State police report confirmed Sample's boyfriend was actually driving the vehicle, which was not insured at the time for the accident, according to investigators. Sample is accused of calling the insurance company after the accident occurred to obtain insurance. Sample is awaiting preliminary arraignment






Vendors Wanted for Fall Flea Market in Emporium


Route 120 and Broad Street through Emporium will morph into a giant flea market on Saturday October 17.  The event will be held in conjunction with the Sinnemahone 50K. 


Food vendors, crafters, those selling antiques and garage sale items encouraged to register.  The locations are secured with a payment.  “This is a wonderful fund raising opportunity for church groups, sport teams, and organizations.  The race starts at 7:30am  Saturday and continues through 5pm. 


The cost is $10.00 and the number of tables allowed per spot is unlimited.  Contact the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office at 814-486-4314 to make a reservation.


Rotary Halloween Parade Scheduled For Saturday, October 31st



Attention! Mark your calendars for Saturday October 31st as the St. Marys Rotary Club will once again hold its annual Halloween Parade which will be held at the South St. Marys Street Elementary School Gym. The event day has been changed to Saturday this year because Halloween falls on that day. This is a photo of many area children who attended the event last year. The River 98.9 WQKY will be on hand providing scary Halloween music. Treat bags will be handed out to all children participating. 
The event begins promptly at 1:00 PM




Pheasants Forever Planning Mentored Youth Hunt



What a better way to introduce kids to hunting than participating in the Pheasants Forever Mentored Youth Hunt! 


‘Our youth hunt is so successful, we have grown to two weekend,’ states Tim Rowan, PF Youth Coordinator.  ‘We had 90 kids last year participate in the safety day and hunt.’  This year’s hunts will be Saturdays, October 10 and October 17.  Applications for this year’s hunt are available on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s web site.  Be sure to check for both dates on State Game Lands 44. 

October 10 hunt - http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/66275

October 17 hunt - http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/66276


The pheasant hunt is for junior hunters ages 12-16. Hunters must be hunter-trapper education certified but do not need a license.  Each child must be accompanied by a parent or by an adult with permission of the parent. The hunt is free and food and beverages will also be provided.  Safety – Safety – Safety is stressed all day long.

For more information please contact Tim Rowan at 
ltr247@windstream.net or 814-715-2754.  Deadline for the hunt is September 20, 2014.




Sunday Morning Worship Services From Shiloh Presbyterian Church


Listen For Sunday Morning Worship Services From Shiloh Presbyterian Church In St. Marys, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. On The River 98.9...CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


Discovering Pennsylvania's Elk Herd At The Elk Country Visitors Center



Featured article on Uncovering PA website. (Click To Read)


Benezette...The Heart Of Pennsylvania's Elk Country


The area that is now known as Benezette was once the home of the Seneca Indians and named Salt Lick due to the salt deposits adjacent to the town site.  About 1787, John Bennett and his father came up the Susquehanna River and the Second Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek, the original name of the Bennett’s Branch to a point where Caledonia in Jay Township is now situated. In 1790, Sam McKay was completing a survey of the Second Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek and found the cabin of John Bennett at the mouth of Trout Run. In the early 1800’s, the name of the town was Potter’s Flats in honor of General James Potter who owned most of the land that is present day Benezette and surrounding land in Benezette Township. READ MORE







Non-Profit Academy October 23rd


The Non-Profit Academy is a partnership between  the Elk County Community Foundation and a group of Leadership Elk County Alumni. The conference will be held on Friday, October 23rd from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Highlands.


Non-profit leaders, executives, front line staff, board members and volunteers form Elk County and the surrounding region are encouraged to attend.


Included will be a report on the Stackpole-Hall Foundation Long Range Planning by Dr. William Conrad. The Keynote address will be on "Newspapers, Radio, Cable, Social Media and Word of Mouth...Oh My", by Harlan Beagley, Publisher for the St Marys Daily Press, Ridgway Record and the Kane Republican...


Contact the Community Education Council for more information.


Domino's Match Game! Win Free Pizza From Domino's



This Friday and we have FREE Domino's Pizza up for grabs. Identify the word from three clues.


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.