During the St. Marys Area School Districtâ€™s re-organizational meeting, the school board approved numerous items.
Once again the board voted to continue to hold its regular meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the SMAHS library.
They also voted to use The Daily Press as the newspaper of general circulation to serve as the publication entity for district notices.
Under business affairs the board approved the districtâ€™s annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2010. Copies of the report are available in the business office.
According to statistics provided on the American Red Cross' website, as of 2006 there were around 9.5 million blood donors in the U.S., even though less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood. Blood cannot be manufactured and its only source is donors who participate in bloodmobiles such as ones run by the American Red Cross.
Pat Schwarzmueller, team supervisor for the American Red Cross bloodmobile operation that covers northwestern Pennsylvania, explained that only about five percent of the population actually donates blood on a regular basis.
The Elk County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday morning to re-adopt the Elk County Section 3 Action Plan.
The Section 3 Action Plan is required to be re-adopted every one to two years.
â€śElk County has a Section 3 Action Plan in place,â€ť said Community Devlopment Block Grant coordinator Tracy Gerber. â€śIt's a requirement of funding through Housing and Urban Development and any funding received through there.
â€śThere have been no changes to the plan.â€ť
Joe Collins, St. Marys Area School District Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, presented an update on various school programs at the latest school board meeting.
Under professional development, Collins provided board members with a listing of all Act 48 credited activities offered by the district.
James E. Holben, 81, formerly of Lancaster, Ohio, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at Fairview Manor in Fairview.
He was born in Nu Mine on June 15, 1929, son of the late Floyd and Verda Troupe Holben.
On July 9, 1952, in St. Marys, he married Faith Herzing Holben, who preceded him in dath in 2004.
Michael Joseph Gagliardi 52, of 120 Carney Hill, Soldier, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday morning, Dec. 5, 2010.
He was born April 19, 1958, son of the late Leo A. Gagliardi and Mary M. Anders Gagliardi.
He was married to Donna Himes Gagliardi, who survives.
He was a graduate of St. Marys Area High school and graduated from Triangle Tech as an electrician. He enjoyed working as a mechanic.
Yesterday morning, the Elk County Commissioners presented the county's 2011 proposed budget with no tax increase.
In order to keep costs at a minimum, all offices were advised to plan for a zero percent increase in their 2011 budget.
By acquiring C/G Electrodes LLC and Seadrift Coke L.P., GrafTech International Holdings Inc. has become the largest producer of graphite electrodes in the world, according to Craig Shular, GrafTech Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Art connoisseurs now have a new venue to peruse at The Himes Art Gallery, which recently opened its doors on Nov. 26.
Located at 840 Shelvey Summit Rd. in Kersey, the family-owned gallery features acrylic and oil paintings, photographs, chalk drawings and nature scenes painted on small rocks and turkey feathers.
â€śThe gallery has a unique approach in selling fine gifts. It is where rustic meets fine art,â€ť said owner Ginger Himes. â€śWe are very excited about it and want to keep our prices reasonable.â€ť
Rosella F. Butsch, 86, of 333 Main St., Kersey, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.
She was born May 29, 1924 in Kersey, a daughter of the late Bernard and Helen Thorwart Schneider.
In September 1955, she married James L. Butsch in the St. Boniface Church who preceded her in death in 1963.