Archive - 2014
This summer proved busy for maintenance staff at St. Marys Area School District. There were several large capital projects which were completed including renovations to South St. Marys Street Elementary's gymnasium.
"The Kelly Gym project was going well until Friday," according to Mark Romain, SMASD director of facilities.
The project hit a roadblock when Romain was informed the new windows have not shipped and will not arrive until Labor Day. Crews were expecting the windows to arrive by Aug. 11.
"The new windows have left other parts of the project in limbo," Romain said.
RIDGWAY â€“ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson, Elk and McKean County reviewed accomplishments and set goals at Tuesday's Annual Task Force Meeting at Aiello Cafe.
A goal emphasized during the presentation was to increase the number of matches by 30, hoping for 10 from each of the three counties. Currently, 123 children are waiting for matches, 22 of them in Elk County.
Douglas Shaffer of Ridgway said that the amount of children waiting for a match is one of the factors that inspired him to get involved with the program.
RIDGWAY â€“ At Tuesday's school board meeting, the Ridgway Area School District announced the decision to hire Robert Rocco as its new superintendent, as well as the approval of a contract between the district and the teachers association.
Rocco will replace Dr. Lester Shull as superintendent of the Ridgway Area School District. Shull served as the superintendent for seven days, after he was selected to fill the position in an Aug. 5 workshop session for the school board.
Esther Kathryn Sicheri, 93, of Twinridge Lane, Richmond, Va., formerly of Kersey, died Aug. 6, 2014.
She was born Nov. 9, 1920, in Kersey, the daughter of the late John and Teresa Lavella Astori. On Aug. 2, 1947, she married Gustav Sicheri who preceded her in death in 2003.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Toth, shown on right, and Josh Williams, assistant superintendent, shown on left, were sworn in recently by Elk County President Judge Richard Masson at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway. Toth was recently appointed to the position following the retirement of former superintendent Ann Kearney. Williams was promoted to assistant superintendent from his former position as St. Marys Area High School principal.
A large crowd of parents were on hand at Monday's St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors meeting to voice their concern about the large class size of Fox Township Elementary School's first grade.
Citing student safety and quality of education, several mothers expressed discontent the district has not split the 30-member class into two separate classrooms.
"If enrollment stays the same there is a very good likelihood we will be hiring a second first grade teacher," Board President Bob Luchini said following the meeting.
BENEZETTE TWP. â€“ A St. Marys woman is charged in damaging a State Police patrol car with her head against it while police were questioning her.
Matraca Rae Polinick, 23, of 606 Lenze Ave., faces misdemeanor charges of institutional vandalism, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, as well as a summary charge of public drunkenness and similar misconduct.
Judith Helen Sparks, 73, formerly of St. Marys, died Aug. 5, 2014 in Casa Grande, Ariz.
She was born June 19, 1941 in St. Marys, daughter of Daniel and Sophia (Gapinski) Lenze.
Judy earned her master's degree from OSU. She worked for 38 years as a teacher, principal and specialized tutor in several Catholic schools. She retired from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Grove City, Ohio.
Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died Monday at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Office confirmed. This special report aired on KTLA 5 News on Aug. 11, 2014.
Giants running back Rashad Jennings is the highlight of the game with his 73-yard touchdown run during the first quarter against the Steelers.