March 11th, 2014
Thecla F. Werner Coppolo, 87, of 570 Church St., St. Marys, died Sunday evening, March 9, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
Thecla was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1926, in St. Marys, the youngest daughter of the late Arthur A. and Edith Mary Kaul Werner. On April 16, 1955, in St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Church, she married Attorney Alvin B. Coppolo, the love of her life, who predeceased her in 2008.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney presented a budget update during the board's recent workshop.
Kearney stated that fiscally the district is in much better shape than many other districts.
St. Marys property tax levy is 32.35 mills, lower than that in Ridgway, Cameron County, DuBois, Bradford and Clearfield. Johnsonburg is the lowest levy of 30.80.
If taxes remain the same the district will collect just over $9.4 million next year in real estate tax.
The 2014 Business Expo is around the corner taking place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Fern in St. Marys featuring over 40 vendors.
Businesses representing numerous fields including contractors, energy representatives, educational, home-based businesses, manufacturing, insurance and health care, along with many more.
Once again the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the The River 98.9 in sponsoring the event.
"Last year over 1,500 people attended the Expo and 2014 promises to be even better," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
RIDGWAY â€“ On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District finance manager Brent Rhoads presented information to the board concerning costs and trends for the school district over the past several years.
The 2014-2015 budget is yet to be completed. However, according to Rhoads, district officials will not wait until the state budget is passed as it could be as late as July by the time figures come through.
"I just wanted to try to show some of the issues we have going on in our budget this year," Rhoads said.
Rose M. Wortman Rippy, 90, of Canadensis Apartments, 74 Erie Ave., St. Marys, and formerly of Johnsonburg, died March 10, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 20, 1923 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Andrew and Lorena Benninger Wortman. On June 10, 1946 in St. Marys, she married Clement Rippy, who preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1997.
Bertram L. "Bert" Ovell, 84, of Longview Court, Weedville, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 12, 1930 in Weedville, a son of the late Ernest F. and Bertha M. Dodd Ovell.Â On Dec. 1, 1951, in Force, he married Lucille Farabaugh Ovell, who survives.
Helen J. Mattivi, 82, of 206 Dagus Mines Rd., Dagus Mines, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.
She was born April 19, 1931 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edward J. and Beatrice Cuneo Sheeley. On Sept. 2, 1950 in the St. Boniface Church, she married Renaldo G. Mattivi, who preceded her in death on May 24, 2008.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Kersey High School, class of 1949. She was a former employee of Pure Carbon Co., the Big G Sports & Furniture Store, and served as Fox Township tax collector for many years.
Billy P. Felton, 48, of St. Marys, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at the Schuylkill Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 13, 1965 in St. Marys, son of William Felton and the late Monica Felton.
Billy is survived by three sisters, Cynthia McAndrew-Voss, Christine Nesbitt (James), and Carolyn Trimble, all of St. Marys; one brother, Barney Felton of South Carolina; four nephews, Mike McAndrew, Casey Voss, and Cory and Josh Nesbitt; and one niece, Monika McAndrew.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Thomas McAndrew and Jack Voss.
In a 5-3 vote the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors voted to approve the Intermediate Unit Nine's (IU9) budget. Next year SMASD will contribute $162,688 to the IU9 budget which is an increase of $16,731 from the 2014-15 budget. This amount is determined by a formula established by the Pa. Department of Education (PDE).
"We were hoping for possibly a different calculation as to how it's determined that we pay our share because St. Marys consistently pays the lion's share of that budget and we just don't think that's fair," said Bob Luchini, SMASD school board president.
Police and an ambulance crew were on scene at an accident that occurred Monday afternoon at the intersection of South St. Marys Street and Mill Street in the midst of road construction.