March 23rd, 2012
With gas prices nearing or topping $4 per gallon across the country, the financial strain placed on individuals and small businesses alike is worsening. With the rising price of gasoline slowing the economic recovery of industries, the commercial transport industry has been among the hardest hit. Commercial transport companies are treading on uncertain ground as fuel prices threaten their bottom lines and squeeze their profit margins.
As part of their celebration for the 10th anniversary of their office in downtown St. Marys, Northwest Savings Bank made a $500 donation to the St. Marys Public Library on Thursday morning to mark the occasion.
"We were trying to look over all of how we could benefit the community more as a whole, and we knew there were some projects going on at the library that needed some funding, such as the e-books," said Russ Daniels, assistant branch manager at Northwest Savings Bank's downtown St. Marys office.
From silver tap-dancing aliens to dancers perched atop a six-foot wall, such unique routines have consistently ranked among the judges' favorites during this year's competition season of the Dynamic Dance Competition Company, an 18-member troop from April School of Dance in St. Marys.
The group, overseen by artistic director Jennifer Blankenship of Kane, recently concluded their season, during which they brought home a myriad of top-place trophies.
Discrepancies with a recent audit of Jay Township accounts was brought to the attention of officials at Thursday's meeting of the board of supervisors. Supervisor Murray K. Lilley claimed that the township's general fund balance as shown on the 2011 audit exceeds the actual total held by the township as of the end of the fiscal year by roughly $105,000.
"It starts out showing that we had cash investments of $251,492 as of Dec. 31  when we only had $146,000," Lilley said.
The warm and sunny weather Thursday evening made for a perfect night to enjoy some time outside, which is exactly what many area youth did as they waited in line outside the Apollo Theatre hoping to score tickets to the midnight showing of "The Hunger Games."
"I've been seeing people arrive since around 3 p.m.," said theater owner Alyson Lynch. "They got out of school, got something to eat real fast, and then they came right back down here."
Tickets were scheduled to go on sale at 7:30 p.m., and by 7 p.m. a line of close to 100 people was along the sidewalk outside the building.
In an effort to make the Ridgway YMCA more available and feasible to the community, the YMCA will begin their capital campaign to raise $1.5 million to expand the aquatic and fitness center.
â€śThe state is making it a requirement to have to meet ADA standards,â€ť said Michelle Bogacki, a YMCA board member. â€śThe pool itself is $800,000 so we decided to expand to whole wing because the YMCA is at full capacity now.â€ť
The capital campaign will kick off in April to help raise funds to restore the pool and add on to the fitness wing.
The first year the Bavarian Fall Fest was held, attendance was good, not great. The second year, it poured down rain. Committee organizers are hoping the third year is the charm to make the festival a lasting event in St. Marys.
Fall Fest Committee member Paula Weyant said organizers wanted to develop the event to provide a fun experience for St. Marys residents, highlight the town's heritage and give vendors and participants an economic boost.
Edward P. Eukon, 72, of 938 North Broad St., Ridgway, died Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born April 4, 1939 in Ridgway, the son of the late John and Kathryn Eukon.
He married Barbara M. McAlee, who predeceased him on Sept. 25, 2009.
Mr. Eukon resided in Ridgway all of his life. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was the meat manager at the Market Basket and he also worked at Carbide Graphite as a security guard. He enjoyed painting crafts for his grandchildren.
Area Confirmation students continued the tradition of holding their annual "Souper Bowl" collection again this year and were able to raise around $4,835 for the Christian Food Bank. A check in that amount was presented to Norma Hanes, Christian Food Bank vice president, during a practice session prior to the group's Confirmation, which occurred earlier this month.
In addition to expressing her appreciation to the students for their efforts, Hanes also encouraged them to refer those in need to the food bank.
Governor Tom Corbett's budget proposal for 2012-2013 has been perceived by many as a slight to education, with cuts directed at public schools, a number of postsecondary institutions relying on state funding for a portion or majority of their own budgets, and community colleges. While much of the public school budget is flat funded, meaning no increase or decrease from the previous year, it would appear that public schools will fare somewhat better than other sectors of academia.