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Archive - 2014

June 10th

School district budget shows no tax increase

June 10, 2014

The 2014-15 St. Marys Area School District budget of $26,122,346 was unanimously approved by the school board.
"The great news for the community is there is no tax increase for the upcoming year," said Superintendent Ann Kearney. "Once again this is a budget that the district can be very proud of. We are in fiscally sound condition for the upcoming year. This is based on past decisions made by a very responsible board over the years."
This year's $26 million budget is an increase from the previously budgeted $25,264,867 in 2013-14.

O'Brien offers statement on resignation

June 10, 2014

RIDGWAY – Ridgway Area School District superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien offered a formal statement during Tuesday evening's school board meeting in order to address his recently-announced resignation. O'Brien will officially be leaving the district Aug. 8.
"It's hard to believe that three years have eclipsed so quickly," he said. "No words can articulate the deep appreciation I feel for the community and the opportunity to serve this wonderful district.
"As superintendent I have enjoyed a plethora of experiences that have allowed me to grow personally and professionally."

Businesses working to reopen as SBA arrives

June 10, 2014

Ridgway’s Senior Center, located on Vine Avenue, is slowly but surely recovering after taking on roughly three feet of water during last month’s devastating flood. After losing much of what was inside, including just under three feet of the bottom portion of its inner walls, things are beginning to come together.
“We’re down here working, and hopefully next week our breakfast club will be able to start up again,” said executive director Harry Himes.
The center is beginning to replace some of the items lost in order to become fully operational.

June 9th

Crusaders edge Crushers 1-0 to advance to state title game

June 9, 2014

With two outs in the top of the seventh of the PIAA Class A Western Final at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney, the Bishop McCort Crushers had a runner on third and their own pitcher, Brad Coleman, at the plate. All Coleman, who had spent the game in a pitchers' duel with Schlimm, needed was to reach base safely and the game would be tied. ECC had held a 1-0 advantage since the fourth inning, but the Crushers had left men stranded in all but the sixth.

Superintendent search in limbo

June 9, 2014

Action on hiring a new superintendent for the St. Marys Area School District was absent from the school board meeting agenda on Monday evening.
"The search is still ongoing," said Bob Luchini, SMASD school board president. "We have a number of items to discuss in executive session pertaining to that."
A motion was made during Thursday's workshop to have St. Marys Area High School Principal Josh Williams, who is a candidate for the superintendent position, placed on the meeting agenda to be approved for the position.

Grumley honored for educational contributions

June 9, 2014

Grumley was hired in 1999 as SMAHS principal and was transferred to SSMSE as principal in 2001. Superintendent Ann Kearney described Grumley as being a legend in the district and has been highly respected.
"He knows his students and parents and has led the school to high levels of academic achievement. He has certainly 'touched the future'," Kearney said. She wished Grumley and his wife Maria best of luck in their retirements.

Summer Reading Program kicks off

June 9, 2014

On Saturday morning the large meeting room in the downstairs area of the St. Marys Public Library was filled with sounds more befitting of a science laboratory than a library. It was all part of the kickoff event for the library's Summer Reading Program: Fizz, Boom, Science with Sean.
This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read," and so the help of Sean Petrick, a librarian from DuBois who has degrees in environmental science and computer science, was enlisted for the occasion.

Emily Ann Wheeler

June 9, 2014

Emily Ann Wheeler (nee Zitzler), 47, died peacefully in her home at 1901 Courtyard Dr., #E, Capitola in her husband's arms in the early hours of the morning, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 after a two and a half year battle with stage 4 colon cancer.
Emily was born April 20, 1967 in Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital in St. Marys to Deborah and Ralph Zitzler. When Emily was young, the family moved to southern California and eventually moved to San Jose in northern California.

Thomas S. Rupprecht

June 9, 2014

Thomas S. Rupprecht, 73, of 621 Maurus St., St. Marys, died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, on
Monday morning, June 9, 2014.
He was born Sept. 13, 1940 in St. Marys, a son of the late Alois and Mary Gleixner Rupprecht
On July 22, 1961 in St. Mary's Church he married the late Judith M. Munn Rupprecht.
He was a graduate of Central High School in the Class of 1958, and he was a member of the St. Mary's Church. He retired from St. Marys Carbon in 2002 after over 44 years.

Roseanne Gorton

June 9, 2014

Roseanne Gorton, beloved mother, died Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the age of 69 after a courageous battle with sarcoma.
She was surrounded by her five daughters and close family members and friends. Her profound love, unconditional support, and gentle manner will be sorely missed by those closest to her.
Roseanne was born in 1945 to the late Barbara and Harry Hannibal. She has an older brother, Alan Hannibal; a sister, Lora Johnson; and a very sweet baby sister, Mary B. Hannibal, for whom Roseanne has been devoted to caring for for many years.

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