April 21st, 2011
"Who's under your carbon footprint?"
This question was recently posed to the 87 members of the senior class at Elk County Catholic High School as they studied environmental stewardship and learned about how the impact they have on the environment affects others around the world. The discussions have taken place in the students' theology class, which is taught by Fr. Ross Miceli.
Approximately 60 agencies will be on hand between 1-6 p.m. on Monday as part of Family Day 2011, being held once again at the St. Marys Area High School.
Now in its seventh year, Family Day is aimed at promoting health and wellness for the entire family, from newborns to the elderly and everyone in between.
The idea that a few simple actions can make a big difference is proven in the results of an ink cartridge and cellphone recycling program that began years ago in the St. Marys Catholic elementary schools. Now in its 10th year, the program has brought in more than $23,000 for technology supplies and equipment to benefit the newly incorporated Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS).
The nearly 27,000 people who ran in Monday's Boston Marathon were doing so for a variety of reasons. For Hollywood, Pa. resident Joe Guilyard, it was about health, gratitude and the inspiration of the people who helped get him there.
"It's like you're in the SuperBowl, and I was a player. It was fantastic," Guilyard said. "The crowd was screaming from one end to the other. It was the thrill of a lifetime.
"Everybody there was living their dream. They were getting to run in the Boston Marathon."
The Jay Township Supervisors voted to "opt in" to administering and enforcing the state's Uniform Construction Code (UCC) during their monthly meeting on Thursday evening. Each municipality has the option of either "opting in" or "opting out" of administering and enforcing the building code and the township had previously "opted out."
Mildred Minnick, 93, of 316 Main Street, Kersey, died at her home on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 following a brief illness.
She was born Feb. 17, 1918 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Minnick Friedl.
On February 17, 1936 in St. Marys, she married the late Milo Minnick, who preceded her in death on Aug. 30, 1984.
She was a member of the St. Boniface Church and a former member of the Rosary Altar Society.Â She enjoyed spending time with her family and was the last member of her immediate family.
Sandy L. Leithner, 59, of State Road, Johnsonburg, died at home on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, following a lengthy illness.
She was born on Feb. 22, 1952 in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Sidney Sprague and Donna (Nitsche) Sprague, who survives in Johnsonburg.
She married Michael â€śRedâ€ť Leithner on August 27, 1982. He survives in Johnsonburg.
A significant crowd was on hand Wednesday morning as St. Marys' newest retailer, Shoe Sensation, opened its doors to eager customers.
In celebrating the grand opening, several store employees and corporate personnel were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Numerous representatives from the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed store personnel to the area and hosted the ceremony.
Elk County's planning department recently received a grant totaling $138,000 from the state Department of Community and Economic Development [DCED] for home accessibility modifications.
Earlier this week, members of city council gave their unanimous approval to Ordinance 265 regarding refinancing the city's 2006 bond issue. Tom Lynch, the city's bond counsel, was present at the meeting and explained that General Obligation Bonds in the amount of $4,870,000 will be issued for a funding program to re-fund a series of General Obligation Notes already held by the city.