June 22nd, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“ Work to improve a section of state Route 255 in St. Marys and Fox Township that began the first week of June is continuing on schedule, according to Marla Fannin, community relations coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation's District 2, based in Clearfield.
Fannin said although some complaints were received last week regarding congestion at the traffic light at Walmart SuperCenter in Fox Township, that issue has been resolved.
The Marcellus Shale activity now ubiquitous in Jay Township was the subject of much discussion during Thursday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, with some calling on the board to enact greater oversight of industry activities, companies, and personnel operating within the township.
Bob Coppolo of Weedville urged the board of supervisors to create an ordinance requiring companies and subcontractors to register with the township and formally announce their presence and intentions.
Memorial Park and St. Marys Community Pool staff are teaming up on Wednesday to celebrate 'Buc Night'. The Pirates will be in the middle of a four-game series in Philadelphia against the Phillies, and Pirates fans are encouraged to come watch the game at the St. Marys Community Pool.
As a special promotion for the event, attendees who are not pool members can make a small donation and have the opportunity to swim prior to the start of the game.
At Thursday's regular meeting, the Jay Township Board of Supervisors urged the township's Water Authority to conduct a "feasibility study" regarding the possibility of the township obtaining its water through the City of St. Marys. Supervisors argued that doing so would likely come at a lesser cost than that of maintaining the township's water treatment plant.
This development comes on the heels of recent discussion of the board's reluctance to back $300,000 in loans for the township's water authority to be used in upgrading its water treatment plant.
The St. Marys Little League softball Major League All-Stars lost a close game to DuBois 2-1 on Thursday evening at Benzinger Park.
Rebekka Bauer went the distance on the mound for St. Marys, giving up three hits, walking three, and striking out five.
Sarah Snyder worked the mound for DuBois, giving up two hits, walking four, and striking out eight.
St. Marys' two hits came on singles by Olivia Catalone and Rachelle Armanini.
DuBois was led offensively by Erin Siders with a double. Laura Fatula and Katelyn Bender each also singled.
Although no action was taken on a request made to St. Marys City Council to eliminate on-street parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. for the summer months, the request sparked a discussion among board members.
Several members of council, including City Manager Dave Greene, received the request from a resident at 551 Charles St. He stated his children are home during the summer and there is not enough room for all the vehicles in his driveway. Because of this, they often park on the street overnight and are ticketed.
Summer is officially under way in St. Marys, and high temperatures have been drawing crowds to the St. Marys Community Pool throughout the week.
According to Greg Snelick, pool manager, by 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon 400 people had come through the doors. The pool opens at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"In comparison, yesterday (Wednesday), we had close to 700 people come through [total], but in the first hour and a half, at 2:30 p.m., we had 380 people, which is quite a big number," Snelick said.
Snelick added that on Tuesday, there were also 400 people at the pool by 2 p.m.
What began as a dream seven years ago has turned into the biggest summer tourist attraction in Kane.
The sixth annual Art in the Wilds Juried Fine Arts Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at Evergreen Park. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Admission and parking are free.
Between 4,000 and 5,000 visitors are expected during the two-day show, according to founder and director Marilyn Blackmore.
Summer usually signifies lots of picnics, parties and other outdoor events, with most featuring all kinds of delicious food and drinks. To ensure that partygoers will enjoy the feast safely, there are a few important steps people should take when shopping for, preparing, storing and serving their summer dishes.
Rick Kralj, food safety and quality extension educator with Penn State Extension's Brookville office, offered some key pieces of advice for food safety in the summertime:
1. Avoid "time-temperature abuse."
Benedict A. DePrater, 86, of 214 Taft Rd., St. Marys, died at his home on Thursday, June 21, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 16, 1925 in Riceville Corners, Pa., a son of the late Edward and Rosa Frey DePrater. On May 4, 1946 in St. Mary's Church, he married Phyllis Auman DePrater, who survives.