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April 10th, 2015

April designated as National Donate Life month

April 10, 2015

Currently, 123,000 men, women and children are on the waiting list to receive a life-saving organ transplant with a new name added to that list every 10 minutes. Each day at least 18 people will die without receiving an organ.
These surprising statistics and the topic of organ donation may not often be discussed among families, however, it is the goal of organizations like the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) to raise awareness of the issue.

Library accepting Food for Fines next week

April 10, 2015

The St. Marys Public Library will be holding its annual Food for Fines program next week, April 13-18, as part of National Library Week. The popular program has been held for a number of years.
Through Food for Fines, library patrons who owe fines because of overdue items can bring in nonperishable food items to have those fines reduced or eliminated entirely.
"If people have any current fines, for every canned food item they bring in we'll take $1 worth of fines off of their account," said Leslie Swope, director of the St. Marys Public Library.

April 9th

Women's Social Spring Bash set for April 22

April 9, 2015

The Elk County Women's Social Spring Bash presented by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is set for Wednesday, April 22 in the wine cellar of Gunner's in downtown St. Marys.
"It's a great girls' night out. It's an excuse to get out and do something fun," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
This year the Winery at Wilcox is offering wine samplings. In addition each attendee will receive a small gift with an Earth Day theme as well as chances to win assorted door prizes.

Youngsters gather for Chorus Fest

April 9, 2015

On Thursday evening, 150 students from 12 schools throughout the region performed at St. Marys Area High School as part of the Elementary IU9 Chorus Fest.
The chorus included fifth and sixth grade students from throughout Intermediate Unit 9 (IU9).
Christopher Gankosky, SMAHS band director, acted as the guest conductor for the event. He was joined by Johnsonburg Elementary School music teacher Laura Kleppinger as the guest accompanist on piano.

Exemptions a hot topic at Jay Twp. Sewer Authority

April 9, 2015

JAY TWP. – Several Jay Township residents expressed contention with nonprofits being exempt from the Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU) charge for sewage.
"No one should be exempt, because that cost gets passed to the rest of us," Christine Gavazzi said at Thursday night's sewer authority meeting.
A Jay Township ordinance defines an EDU as "the average amount of wastewater generated in a normal calendar day by a single family dwelling as from time to time determined by the Commonwealth." The current rate for a single EDU is $48.50 and is billed as a standard charge before consumption.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Jack Nicklaus Sinks Hole-In-One In Par-3 Contest

April 9, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Jack Nicklaus Sinks Hole-In-One In Par-3 Contest
The Masters Par 3 Contest was a success, entertaining crowds with cute kid caddies, numerous holes in one and more than a few big-name stars -- some who weren't even golfers.

April 8th

Council approves park project, parking request

April 8, 2015

St. Marys City Council has approved a bid for a reconstruction project at Memorial Park as well as a request for free parking from the American Red Cross.
The project includes work on the park's basketball courts.
The lowest bid received was awarded to St. Marys Paving for $126,838. This includes the base bid for the courts at $119,544 plus additional paving at a cost of $7,294.
Also submitting a bid was Dave Roman Excavating of Reynoldsville for $154,661.

EMA progressing with setting up operations center

April 8, 2015

Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Tim Pearson said he hopes renovations to the basement of City Hall are completed in May.
The renovations would allow the area to be used as an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in case of any major incidents that occur in St. Marys such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, biological incidents or large scale events.

City of St. Marys' ties to Civil War remembered

April 8, 2015

One hundred fifty years ago today marked the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, and while celebrations and reenactments have been taking place in honor of that occasion, as well as other key moments from throughout the Civil War, there were several people with ties to St. Marys who experienced those events firsthand.
According to local historian Ray Beimel, there were at least 105 people with ties to the community who served in the Civil War.

Equipment issue causes delay at American Red Cross blood drive

April 8, 2015

A blood drive scheduled to be held by the American Red Cross at the Moose Club Lodge along Erie Avenue Wednesday got underway several hours behind schedule due to an issue that necessitated equipment being sent to the site from the Red Cross facility in Buffalo, N.Y.
According to Tracey Wood, American Red Cross account manager for Elk, McKean, Cameron, Potter, and southern Cattaraugus County in New York, the blood drive, which was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., was only able to get underway around 12:30 p.m. It continued until 4 p.m., its normally scheduled conclusion.

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