June 16th, 2011
A unanimous decision to table discussions about the possible elimination of the St Marys Area High School gymnastics program was approved during the Monday evening meeting of the school district's Board of Directors meeting.
Several gymnasts, parents and Irene McCandless, team coach, were in attendance at the meeting to discuss the issue; however, with the July board meeting cancelled, all those involved may have to wait for any decision or discussion until the board's August meeting.
Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg reported late Thursday night that the county's 911 Center was again fully operational following a late Tuesday evening evacuation due to noxious fumes.
According to Freeburg, a complete run-through had been completed and no remnants were detected.
Commissioners reported last Friday that back-up batteries were fuming during a charge process.
The St. Marys Legion baseball team came from behind last night to defeat the Smethport Legion by a 10-8 score in an Elk County Legion Baseball League game played at Berwind Park.
After four innings of play, Smethport held an 8-4 lead over St. Marys. The locals scored six runs in the fifth and sixth innings to record the victory.
â€śThe first inning was disastrous for us. We just didnâ€™t look good defensively,â€ť said St. Marys manager Fran Pasi. â€śDonâ€™t ask me what it takes to get us over the first inning hump.
Dino's Place on Market St. will mark the fifth stop of the Straub Brewery Charity Pub Crawl taking place Friday beginning at 9 p.m.
The free event will feature the local band "The Remedy" as the headlining act.
The event's drink specials and special events are likely to draw a large crowd, as has been the standard at previous stops.
â€śWe are excited to partner with Straub Brewery and the four charities involved and look forward to a fun time on Friday night," said Dino Dinsmore, owner of Dinoâ€™s Place.
A sizable crowd was on hand for the first Elk County Gas Task Force educational seminar, held Wednesday evening at St. Marys Area Middle School.
Elk County Commissioner June Sorg acted as the hostess as she introduced each of the seminar's three speakers: Jim Clark of Penn State Cooperative Extension, who spoke about water issues; Mike Donovan of Seneca Resources, who presented a brief overview of Marcellus Shale; and attorney Tom Wagner of St. Marys, who provided information on land leasing.
SMETHPORT â€“ The use of cellphones in courtrooms has been banned for several years.
Now itâ€™s illegal to even possess a cellphone in a McKean County court facility.
President County Judge John Pavlock has issued an order against â€śthe use and possession of any electronic devicesâ€ť in any county courtroom.
In addition to cellphones, the banned devices include video cameras, camera phones and personal data assistants (PDAs).
According to the judgeâ€™s order, the county security staff and the McKean County Sheriffâ€™s Department is responsible for â€śenforcement of this policy.â€ť
ST. MARYS - John Augustus "Jake" Reed, 18, of 370 Brusselles St., St. Marys, was held to court on a misdemeanor charge of defiant trespass and had a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct dismissed following a preliminary hearing and arraignment at District Judge Donald Wilhelm's office on Tuesday afternoon.
Wilhelm set standard bail at $1,000 non-monetary, unsecured, with a formal arraignment scheduled for July 5 at 3 p.m. at the Elk County Courthouse.
Area residents will soon have an extra incentive to utilize the Community Recycling Center, located at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. The center is currently open three days a week and collects a variety of recyclable material, such as number 1 and 2 plastic bottles and cardboard.
Bekki Titchner, recycling/solid waste coordinator, explained that at the end of May she was approved for a Stackpole Family Foundation Grant to help fund some incentives at the center.
Local law enforcement agents, dignitaries and citizens gathered Tuesday night at the Ridgway Elks Lodge No. 872 B.P.O.E. for a 45-minute Flag Day ceremony featuring several speakers, including Paul "Ted" Bullers, Mamie Mader and the Honorable Richard Masson, President Judge of Elk County.
"The purpose of the service is to honor our country's flag and to celebrate the anniversary of its birth," Bullers said. "It is quite appropriate that this service should be held by the Order of Elks, an organization that is distinctly American and intensely patriotic."
The 2011-12 St. Marys Area School District budget was unanimously approved on Monday evening by members of the school board. The budget shows total expenditures of $23,914,421 and includes a .57-mill property tax increase to area residents.
The tax increase will result in a $14 increase to residents who own a $50,000 home, with their total property taxes estimated at $804 for the year. Total millage for the district next year will be 32.35 mills for real estate tax.