March 8th, 2015
Students enrolled in St. Marys Area High School's metal working occupation (MWO) course of study are entering post-graduate life a step ahead of their counterparts.
SMAHS' metal shop teacher Ben Schneider instills in students the necessary skills manufacturers are looking for in employees. Those lessons, coupled with many of the students' employment at local plants and shops through the school's co-op program, has proven a successful start in many of their careers.
Residents from throughout the area were treated to an evening of music and a few good laughs Saturday night as Shenandoah took to the stage at the St. Marys Area High School's Carpin Auditorium along with local band Six Pak and comedian Bubba Bradley, as part of the annual concert presented by St. Marys Auto Body.
EBENSBURG â€“ ECC may have been down, but they were never out in Friday night's PIAA Class A opening round game against the Bishop Carroll Huskies at Central Cambria High School. Trailing for most of the game, and by as many as 14 points at one time, the Crusaders came alive in the fourth quarter, rallying to tie the game and force overtime en route to recording a 56-50 victory.
In ongoing efforts to revise the city's oil and gas ordinance, a three-member committee consisting of St. Marys City Council members have met separately with Seneca Resources representatives and concerned citizens to gain their input on the ordinance.
The oil and gas committee consists of Sally Geyer, Gary Anderson and Bob Mohr.
The next step is to conduct a public hearing, however solicitor Tom Wagner said he would like input from council members on what they have heard or any changes they may want made.
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As part of an new cross-curricular effort, St. Marys Area High School students recently completed a project combining mathematics, drafting and metal shop.
The inaugural project entailed a small group of Greg Snelick's Calculus II students as they learned to utilize various mathematical concepts to draft and create a metal funnel.
This real-world application of concepts and coursework will serve as an invaluable lesson to students in the future.
RIDGWAY â€“ Brandon Michael Weidow, 27, of Byrnedale was sentenced to four to nine years of incarceration in state prison for the 2012 DUI crash that claimed the life of Savannah Straub.
In December 2014, a jury found Weidow guilty of homicide by vehicle while DUI, as well as related offenses, concluding that he was driving the vehicle in which Straub was a passenger.
When given the opportunity to make a statement, Weidow replied, "No thank you, your honor." He also declined the opportunity to offer an apology.
RIDGWAY â€“ Almost a year to the day after his arrest, Ronald Gregory Dill, 59, of St. Marys was sentenced a total of five to 10 years of incarceration in state prison as well as having to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.
"I understand that you had no direct physical contact with any children," President Judge Richard A. Masson said during sentencing. "People seem to forget that by viewing these images, you are facilitating this victimization."
Dill replied that he didn't realize that at the time.
The Stackpole-Hall Foundation is beginning another planning investigation in an effort to seek input from the communities they serve.
This year the investigation will deal with two specific groups, youth and senior citizens. These groups have been chosen because of the way changes in Elk County communities have affected both groups.
"Today, compared to a generation ago, fewer and fewer meaningful jobs are available for young people and the growing senior population no longer has the family support system it once enjoyed," said William Conrad, Stackpole-Hall executive director.
KERSEY â€“ The next step in rectifying the Toby Water contamination situation involving the discovery of a parasite found in plant filters in November entails a feasibility study to be conducted on the plant.
Fox Township supervisors unanimously approved authorization to conduct the study during their Wednesday evening meeting. The study will be funded through a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant with no cost to the township.