Archive - Oct 2010 - News Article
The annual St. Marys Rotary Club Halloween Parade kicked off at 1 p.m. inside the gymnasium of South St. Marys Street Elementary School. Approximately 200 youngsters participated in the event with various scary, cute and whimsical costumes. Among the costume winners were humorous renditions of a toilet seat, a bucket of popcorn, a Lego block and a large piece of candy corn.
Throughout the week, elementary and middle school students from the St. Marys Area School District gathered for hands-on, interactive experiments inside the Pennsylvania Farm Bureauâ€™s Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab.
The lab, contained inside a 32-foot trailer, was situated outside the St. Marys Area Middle Schoolâ€™s outdoor classroom.
Mobile Ag Ed Lab Instructor Greg Burns of Lake City worked with students on a variety of experiments, all of which meet the stateâ€™s science curriculum standard.
During Friday night's Annual Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet, prison warden Greg Gebauer discussed the Elk County Prison System and provided a history for attendees.
Gebauer was hired in 1987 as a deputy sheriff by former sheriff Raymond Krasinski.
Phase one of the Kaulmont Park project wrapped up last week with the planting of a number of trees around the park's walking trail.
Clythera Hornung, secretary and treasurer for the Shade Tree Commission, explained that the trees were chosen because they represent 18 native Pennsylvania trees.
"Our goal is to have examples of each of the 50 to 60 native Pa. tree species that are hardy to this area. We plan to seek funding to continue this project in the future," Hornung said.
The trees are part of a tree identification program and will not become memorial trees.
The Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys, recently began baling plastic and other items that have been received since it opened its doors at the beginning of October. According to Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling coordinator, so far the center has processed eight bales of plastic and two bales of corrugated cardboard. She noted that the center has been receiving items at a tremendous rate since discontinuing the drop-off containers in St. Marys and eliminating the collection of plastic at other sites throughout the county.
In an effort to provide renewed self-esteem to women suffering from cancer, the American Cancer Societyâ€™s Look Good...Feel Better program teaches women to overcome some of the diseaseâ€™s appearance-related side effects, such as hair loss and changes in skin complexion and fingernails.
The free, national public service program is geared toward helping women undergoing cancer treatments regain a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as control of their lives.
Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, announced Wednesday that productive talks are still ongoing regarding the entity's Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] facility situated on the campus along Montmorenci Road.
U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) was present yesterday afternoon during a board of directors meeting at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission and discussed an array of topics pertinent to the area, the most profound being the Marcellus Shale boost.
"We obviously have a lot of opportunities in our area with the Marcellus natural gas," Thompson said. "I want to thank [North Central] for what you're doing in that and the partnerships, and in promoting that.
Formed in 1974, the Elk County Farm Bureau has been an advocate for area farmers and the agriculture industry, and has provided education about the importance of farming.
â€śOur main purpose is to keep an eye on legislative policies that threaten the agriculture industry,â€ť said Diane Gahr, Elk County Farm Bureau education director. â€śNext, we focus on education.â€ť
Just in time for Halloween, St. Marys Area High School senior Dillon Hoffman, 18, hosted a screening of his horror movie â€śThe Horrible 4â€ť on Wednesday evening at the high school.
In September, Hoffman was chosen as a finalist in the annual Horrorfind Weekend Film Festival held in Gettysburg. His film was shown inside the Gateway Theater to a large crowd on Saturday, Sept. 4.
Among the hundreds of movie submissions, Hoffmanâ€™s was chosen as one of the 31 finalists, of which he was the youngest.