October 8th, 2012
St. Marys City Council has unanimously approved amending the non-uniformed pension plan, updating it for recent changes mandated by the Internal Revenue Service code.
The policy states if non-uniformed city employees are serving in the military on active duty, their pension will be turned over to their spouse in the event of their death. In addition, any raises that would have occurred in the timespan they were serving would go toward the plan's beneficiary.
ST. MARYS - With a long-unused portion of the Bennetts Valley Elementary School building in a state of disrepair, the SMASD Board of Directors, in deeming it too expensive to salvage the section, have recommended its demolition.
The demolition discussion concerns what SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney referred to as the "old half" of the Bennetts Valley Elementary School, which she said has sat unused for the past four years.
Helen Louise Shafer, 79, of 3033 Dagus Hill St., Daguscahonda, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 16, 1932, in Oakland, Md., the daughter of the late Charles R. and Margaret Hardesty Jordan. She married Joseph X. Shafer, who predeceased her on Jan. 23, 2002.
Mrs. Shafer was a member of the Faith United Church of Christ. She retired from Quality Components. She enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting.
ST. MARYS - "We continue to be above state averages, which is very good," said St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney in reviewing the district's report card for the 2011-- 2012 school year during Thursday's workshop meeting of the district's board of directors.
The report, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), includes findings based on the district's attendance and graduation rates and performance on state assessment tests, namely the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), as well as other criteria.
RIDGWAY â€” Ridgway cross country hosted the annual Ridgway Invitational Saturday morning at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
A new meet record was shattered in the girls varsity race as Regan Rome of Dallas finished with a time of 18:15, breaking the old record of 19:03 which was set by Dani Kocjancic of Kane in 2008. Kennedy Weisner of Elk County Catholic also would have broken the old meet record with her runner-up finish at 18:41.
Adair Gennocro of St. Marys was third at 19:04 and Victoria Dippold took fourth for ECC with a time of 19:37.
KANE â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Crusaders had Kane beat. They had the momentum and the lead and appeared to have the game well in hand, but in the end ECC beat themselves by committing too many penalties and allowed the Wolves to rally back for a 17-14 homecoming victory on Friday night in Kane.
ECC coach Travis Skrzypek tried to look past his squad's first loss and instead focused on the quality of play both teams put up, and the effort that Kane first-year head coach Todd Silfies put into preparing his team for the game.
A Kersey resident recently received the most overall votes in the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundationâ€™s â€śTake Five in the Outdoorsâ€ť photo contest.
Tom Dorsey of Kersey won the "People's Choice Best in Show" award for his photo of a doe and fawn standing in the water at Oil Creek State Park in Venango County.
â€śThe light and background was absolutely perfect. I captured at least 25 images as the fawn held different poses as if modeling for my camera,â€ť Dorsey said. â€śJust seeing this beautiful scene was lucky enough, but to photograph it was over the top.â€ť
The Fox Township supervisors have scheduled their annual budget workshops for Oct. 22, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. The adoption of the proposed budget is set for Nov. 7, with the final budget being adopted on Dec. 5, 2012.
Under new business the Fox Township supervisors approved the use of the township backhoe and service truck to conduct repairs at the Fox Twp. Sportsmen's Club shooting range, as well as using a boom mower to mow the hillside.
Live television coverage of the ordination of Bishop Lawrence Thomas Persico revealed a humanity that is already endearing him to the northwest Pennsylvania flock he will now shepherd.Â It was all part of a joyous day on which the 10th man in the 159-year history of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie became its new bishop.
Michael R. DeVallance, 41, of 1245 13th St., N.W., Washington, D.C., died Saturday morning, Oct. 6, 2012 at his residence following a short illness.
He was born on Feb. 13, 1971 in Ridgway, son of Robert N. and Joyce Marrone DeVallance of Johnsonburg, who survive.
He resided in the Washington, D.C. area since 1997. He graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1989 and from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1995.