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April 9th, 2014

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 9, 2014

RIDGWAY – A "Teal Ribbon Campaign" is in full swing this month as CAPSEA, Inc. (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse) aims to increase sexual assault awareness.
"We're targeting the younger population," said CAPSEA executive director Billie Jo Weyant. "We as adult community members need to spread more awareness."
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, area residents are able to purchase a paper "Teal Ribbon" at various locations for a $1 donation to CAPSEA.

April 8th

SMA track teams split home opener with Punxsy squads

April 9, 2014

The St. Marys Area track and field teams opened their dual meet season Tuesday by playing host to the Punxsutawney squads.
The Lady Dutch downed the Lady Chucks 75-66 while the Chucks beat the Dutch 102-39.

Zachary Philip Perroz

April 8, 2014

Zachary Philip Perroz, 31, of Natrona Heights, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at his home.
He was born April 29, 1982, in Natrona Heights, a son of Alfred R. "Dick" (Janet) Perroz Jr. of St. Marys, and Carol (Craig) Pogue of Natrona Heights.  
Zachary attended Highlands High School, graduated from the Newport Business School and also attended Community College of Allegheny County. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and dancing.

Nancy L. Heiberger

April 8, 2014

Nancy L. Heiberger, 72, of 120 Homestead Rd., Kersey, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
She was born May 20, 1941 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Edward F. and Anna Young Kunsch. On April 23, 1960 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married John C. “Jack” Heiberger, who preceded her in death on April 7, 2001.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Public High School, Class of 1959. She had worked as a nurse’s aide for the Elk Haven Nursing Home.

Couple in child-starving case to serve jail time

April 8, 2014

SMETHPORT – A Mt. Jewett couple accused in a nationally-publicized child-starving case have been sentenced to serve time in the McKean County Jail.
Senior Judge John Cleland of Kane sentenced Mark and Susan Hooper during a 33-minute proceeding Tuesday morning in McKean County Court.
Susan Hooper, 41, was given an aggregate sentence of nine months to 18 months in jail on charges of endangering the welfare of children.
Mark Hooper, 43, was sentenced to three to six months in jail for the same charge. He was granted "work release" status.

Supervisors to offer counter proposal to mining company

April 8, 2014

The Fox Township Supervisors voted on several items during their Tuesday evening meeting including making a counter proposal to a mining company and updating its oil and gas ordinance.
The supervisors approved a motion to offer a counter proposal to Amfire Mining Co., based out of Latrobe, who requested the township renew their agreement to continue to mine through Bennett Road. They are currently stripping through the road.

Historical Society slowly making progress

April 8, 2014

A row of military uniforms in protective coverings hangs along one side of the room. Stations of the Cross from St. Marys Church are displayed at the top of an adjacent wall. Across the room are clock hands from St. Mary's Church and a set of French curves that belonged to Ignatius Garner. In between are all sorts of items from St. Marys' past that are still being organized and placed into the appropriate areas as the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township gets settled into its new home and prepares to reopen to the public.

Litigation, bid packages topics at meeting

April 8, 2014

Fox Township will continue with litigation as it relates to the Hogback Road paving project. This case has been in litigation since 2008 with the township incurring significant costs in fighting the case.
On March 25, the supervisors held an executive session with the township solicitor.
Supervisor Mike Keller said it is in the township's best interest to continue fighting the case.
Keller said township officials believe they can win the case.
During their meeting the group reviewed the present status of the case and have discovered options on how to proceed.

April 7th

Eileen B. Fletcher

April 7, 2014

Eileen B. Fletcher, 89, of Fryburg, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at her home.
She was born Feb. 8, 1925 in Strobleton, the daughter of Harry E. and Barbara S. Hartle Eisenman. On March 5, 1946, she was married to Paul J. Fletcher who preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1986.

Stormwater, solicitation ordinance discussed

April 7, 2014

The City of St. Marys is awaiting a followup response about its stormwater management ordinance from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) who stated the ordinance was generally sufficient except for two deficiencies.
The deficiencies pertained to the city's definition and square footage measurements of impervious surface which is landscape that cannot absorb rainfall.

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