June 23rd, 2011
Breakfast and lunch sales within the St. Marys Area School District (SMASD) increased this year, and the cost of these meals will also increase for the 2011-12 school year, according to Superintendent Ann Kearney.
At a recent school board meeting, Kearney presented information from a report issued by SMASD Food Services Director Jennifer Asti.
"Lunch prices had not been raised for many years and they were increased for next school year by state and federal mandates," Kearney said.
The inaugural Bavarian Fall Fest, held last year, was a resounding success, and although this year's event is still several months away, the Bavarian Fall Fest Committee is already well into the planning stages for the event, slated for Sept. 23, 24 and 25 in downtown St. Marys.
As part of its ongoing scholarship program, the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) awarded a total of 83 scholarships to local students this year totaling $77,225.
Of those scholarships, 20 were awarded to seniors from St. Marys Area High School, 19 from Ridgway Area High School, 17 from Elk County Catholic High School, 12 from Johnsonburg Area High School, six from DuBois Area High School, four from Brockway Area High School and two from Kane Area High School.
Four members of the 2011 graduating class of Leadership Elk County (LEC) made a special presentation to members of the St. Marys City Council on Monday evening to highlight ways in which blighted areas of St. Marys could be transformed to become more viable. The LEC group consisted of Kim Kerchinski of St. Marys, Amy Shields of St. Marys, Shelly Meier of St. Marys and Amy Goode of Ridgway, who indicated that they had given the same presentation to their fellow LEC classmates a few weeks ago.
With a state budget possibly being in place by July 1, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (NCPRPDC) are preparing for new times.
County officials announced Tuesday that a local veterans' task force has been initiated to help bridge gaps between various groups dedicated to the assistance and advancement of the county's veterans.
"I hope to see the new task force work with the various veterans groups concerning different veterans' issues," said Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel. "We'll be meeting at least once a month with the Rides 4 Vets program, a great organization, and we're happy to forge together with them to see what kind of improvements can be made."
Fundraising continues for the annual Independence Day Celebration hosted by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, taking place July 2 at the St. Marys Golf Club.This year's goal is the same as in years past, at $16,000. To date, the Chamber has raised $10,332.
"The Chamber and the fireworks committee works hard every year raising funds for this community event," said Paula Weyant, Chamber events coordinator. "The deadline is coming up quickly. If we do not reach our goal, the display will be reduced to the amount we do receive.â€ťÂ
The Elk County Commissioners and members of the area's Tea Party group discussed a forensics program Tuesday morning during a board meeting.
"This forensics program goes back a long time, at least 18 months, when the grant was initially applied for through our Mental Health/Mental Retardation [MH/MR] program," said county Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel.
Initially, the MH/MR program, led by Cynthia Zembryki, received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to reduce recidivism in area prisons.
Members of the St. Marys City Council approved requests from the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday evening for matters related to the organization's 10th Annual Chamber "Wing Fling," which will be held on Friday, Sept. 9. Chamber President Mark Rupprecht was in attendance at the council meeting to answer council members' questions.
Garnet E. Taylor, 73, of Silver City, N.M., died Friday, June 17, 2011 at home after a brief illness.
She was born October 11, 1937 in Caledonia, the daughter of the late William K. and Elizabeth J. (Newell) Winslow.
In 1983, she married Phillip Taylor of Silver City, N.M., who survives.
She lived all her life in Caledonia until 1983, when she traveled extensively, and most recently lived in New Mexico. Â