Archive - Jan 2011
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney presented information pertaining to various statistics inside the Superintendent Annual Report.
Entitled "Second Year...Changes and Challenges," the report will soon be available for viewing online at www.smasd.org.
"I've learned a lot in the past 18 months," Kearney said. "I think we've accomplished a lot this year."
Enrollment for the 2010-11 school year has decreased by 40 students in comparison from last year. This marks the lowest the district's enrollment has ever been since 1969.
The Jay Township Supervisors held a special meeting on Friday morning to clarify decisions that were made at their reorganizational meeting early in the week, particularly the decision to eliminate the township's roadmaster position.
It was announced that all three supervisors will now work together to set up a work schedule for the township's road crew. The supervisors were unsure if this would be done on a monthly basis at their regular meetings or if they would be able to do it weekly.
Thomas W. Miller, 92, formerly of Huntingdon, died at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at Valley View Haven Nursing Home, Belleville, where he had most recently been a resident.
He was born March 1, 1918, in Huntingdon, son of the late William Asbury and Charlotte (Wall) Miller.
Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Gorske, 67, of Johnsonburg, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at Rockdale Personal Care Home, Falls Creek.
She was born April 15, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Theresa Agnus Marie Gorske.
She was a 1961 graduate of the Johnsonburg Area High School and retiree of Osram Sylvania in St. Marys.
She is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Gorske; four grandchildren, Shaila Gorske, Dakota Gorske, Elijiah Gorske and Taylor Feronti; and two sisters, Barbara Anderson and Mary Himes.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg on Saturday at 10 a.m.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney acknowledged the SMASD Board of School Directors during Thursday evening's workshop in observance of School Board Appreciation Month.
Students from various schools throughout the district created a large homemade book for each school board member. They also received a glass globe with a light inside, as well as a certificate from the Pennsylvania School Board Association in recognition of their service to the district.
"I hope you keep the light of knowledge going," Kearney said. "We appreciate all of your time and effort."
On Monday evening, several residents from Wilson Road came before city council to voice their side of an issue that ultimately boils down to the close proximity between the residential and industrial zones in that area of the city.
The Fox Township Supervisors briefly addressed the possibility of amending the township's zoning ordinance to address windmills and gas drilling wells.
They discussed holding a work session to obtain public input on the issue.
Supervisor Randy Gradizzi said that many of the entities involved must come before the board to obtain a conditional use permit. It is at that time that the township can establish specific property setbacks.
"We need to get rolling on this. It's needed," Gradizzi said.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders picked up their fifth victory of the season on Wednesday evening when they defeated the Brockway Area High Lady Rovers in an AML encounter by the score of 42 to 26.
"We did a great job on the boards tonight," said ECCHS Head Coach Ken Pistner following the game. "Another factor in tonight's win was the solid minutes of play that we received from our bench players."
"Tonight we had a much better offensive flow than we have displayed in the past few games," added the coach.
The Ridgway Elkers wrestling team handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch squad a 40-24 setback last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
Ridgway opened a 17-0 lead, only to see the Dutch battle back to close to within 25-24. However, Ridgway won the last three matches to win the match 40-24.
â€śWe took a couple of steps forward again tonight,â€ť said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. â€śRidgway has been a quality team for some time, and this is just part of the growing process.
â€śAll the kids gave good fights tonight. Their (Ridgway) experience paid off in some matches.
The second and final public hearing for the solicitation of public comments concerning projects funded through the money the city receives from its 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application was held earlier this week, though no one other than mayor Sally Geyer posed any questions to Tina Gradizzi, Community and Economic Development Coordinator.