Thursday, May 16, 2013
State Rep. Jesse White said he personally reached out to PNC Bank officials regarding the closing after a petition circulated to keep the branch open—or at least have a meeting with residents about the closure.
The Cecil branch of PNC Bank is closing Friday—and there is still no word on what will happen to the building. State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, said that many residents he has spoken with seem to believe that another bank will move into the space in PNC's absence. But the lawmaker said that might not necessarily be the case. He said to the best of his knowledge, PNC owns the property. White also said that bank officials have indicated to him that they would like to retain the ATM at the location. "My gut instinct is that the days of that building being a bank are over," he said. "But the ATM may remain." Reached Wednesday, PNC spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said she could not comment on the future of the Cecil branch specifically. "That is not…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The mobile home fire was reported Sunday night.
A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a blaze that damaged a mobile home in Cecil Township on Sunday night. Cecil Township police said the fire at 74 Wilson Ave. was reported by a passing motorist who saw flames coming from the structure around 9:50 p.m. Sunday. When fire crews from Cecil, Muse and Lawrence arrived, the East side of the home was fully engulfed in flames, police said. No one was injured in the fire—and police said neighbors reported that the mobile home had been vacant for several months. Police on Monday were trying to get in touch with owner George Ondra, who reportedly purchased the home at a tax sale recently. No further information on the fire was immediately available Monday afternoon. Join Patch …
The statement comes after Cecil Township supervisors voted 3-2 to meet privately with the Southpointe-based Marcellus Shale company.
Cecil Supervisor Andy Schrader wanted it on the record: He has no problem meeting with Southpointe-based Marcellus Shale company Range Resources. But it has to be public. "I am totally against private meetings," Schrader said Monday. His statement, which was echoed in a letter to the editor in the Observer-Reporter newspaper, came after the township board of supervisors voted earlier this month to meet with the company privately. Supervisors Elizabeth Cowden, Frank Ludwin and Tom Casciola voted yes on the motion. Schrader and Supervisor Mike Debbis cast the dissenting vote. Cowden had suggested the meeting, saying she hoped it would bring more cooperation instead of litigation. Range has filed several lawsuits against the township in the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Canonsburg Council and Canon-McMillan School Board meet—and more.
It's gonna be a busy week! Here's what you need to know! 1. Canonsburg Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the borough building. 2. Canon-McMillan school directors will meet at 7 p.m. for a special voting meeting. The meeting will be held in the district administration building and will be open to the public. 3. North Strabane Township Board of Supervisors will host its nonlegislative meting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building. 4. North Strabane Township's Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Park and Putt mini golf event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Red Carpet Mini Golf located on state Route 19. For more information, click here. 5. The first-ever Helping Hands for Cecil Parks will be held on …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The fire was reported Sunday night.
Emergency crews are on the scene of a structure fire at 74 Wilson Ave. in Cecil Township. Washington County 911 said there were no reported injuries as of 10:15 p.m. No further information was immediately available. Check back with Canon-McMillan Patch for more details as they become available.
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Here are some highlights of events, announcements and/or blog posts published by our readers this week.
The Canon-McMillan Patch can't exist without you. Our staff of reporters and editors combine with community-generated content to keep readers informed of what's happening in our area. This week was no different, as evidenced by this list of highlights from our Events, Announcements and/or "Local Voices" sections (published by readers since Monday): 1. Local author debuts new Jack the Ripper Romance Novel 2. Today's Tarot - 7 of Coins 3. Happy Mother's Day from The Fresh Air Fund! 4. Reverse-Engineering James Baxter the Horse 5. 'Come on Down' to 'The Price is Right Live!' (This list is not exhaustive and does not include other great reader-published events, announcements and blog posts.) Click here to add your own event, and click here to …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Police said they are investigating a threatening voicemail left on Cindy Fisher's cell phone.
Cecil police are investigating a threatening voicemail left on the cell phone of a township supervisor candidate. Police said someone called Cindy Fisher and left a lenghty message in which it was suggested that she would need an ambulance the next time she was knocking on doors for her campaign. "You should be ashamed of yourself," the caller said. Fisher also indicated that two of her election signs have been burned, and vandalized with profanity. "It's unfortunate that we've resorted to these tactics in a local election," Fisher said. "It hasn't deterred me. It has only motivated me to work harder—because Cecil Township deserves better than this." Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Canon-McMillan Patch sought the information under the state's Right to Know law.
Cecil Township denied a Right to Know request for an audit and report regarding its former police chief. Officials said that information was not subject to the Right to Know law for several reasons—with the township citing attorney-client privilege, among other things. The reply letter from Cecil Township also indicated that the request was denied because the information is related to a criminal and noncriminal investigation. The former chief, John Pushak, was placed on administrative leave in March while Cypher & Cypher conducted an audit. The audit examined a township account that had to do with the Department of Justice forfeiture program. Special counsel hired to handle the matter reported that there had been unauthorized withdrawals …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Supervisor Elizabeth Cowden wanted to set the record straight Monday.
Residents in Cecil Township may have recieved a robocall about the upcoming election for supervisor. One of the questions asked residents who they would vote for if the election was held today. Another question dealt with the township's decisions regarding Act 13, the state's law governing Marcellus Shale drilling. The number the calls were from? While the caller ID said the calls were coming from "Bob Cowden," Cecil Supervisor Elizabeth Cowden said neither she nor her husband were responsible for the calls. Elizebeth Cowden assured those in attendance at Monday's board of supervisors meeting that she had nothing to do with the calls. Three democrats are seeking nomination for supervisor in the primary this month—Frank Egizio, Cindy Fisher…