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November 5th

Keystone Exams, new equipment discussed at SMASD school board meeting

November 6, 2010

St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney provided updates on various programs during the school board’s workshop on Thursday evening.
Next week the district will conduct field testing for the Keystone Exams. They have been requested to participate in the field testing for Algebra I.
In the spring, the district will conduct Keystone Exams in Algebra I, Biology and Literature. The tests will be given to students who have finished those corresponding courses.
“We are permitted to give these exams as low as sixth grade if they have completed the course,” explained Kearney.

Program provides employment opportunities for older Pennsylvanians

November 6, 2010

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally funded, community service and work-based training program that provides subsidized job training and employment opportunities for people age 55 and older who are unemployed or whose employment outlook is poor. Through SCSEP, older individuals can benefit by becoming more economically self-sufficient, and businesses benefit by being able to make use of qualified and reliable employees.

Council approves free parking for holiday season

November 6, 2010

Free parking will once again be provided this year for shoppers throughout downtown St. Marys during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as on Light Up Night. Depot Street will also be closed to through traffic on Light Up Night between 7:30 and 9 p.m. so that hay rides can be offered.

Dickinson's Christmas project provides children with gifts

November 6, 2010

Dickinson Mental Health Center (DMHC) is looking for the community's support for the Second Annual Pat Work Memorial Christmas Project. The project is designed to provide Christmas gifts to less fortunate children who otherwise would not be receiving the Christmas they deserve.
In 2009, DMHC provided 117 children with gifts. This year, they have 156 referrals for children who are in need of having a better Christmas.

Plans reviewed for high school entry renovation

November 6, 2010

During Thursday evening’s St. Marys Area School District school board workshop, plans were reviewed for renovations to the front entryway of the high school.
Jerry Bankovich of KTH Architects provided details on several options for the project. He had previously met with Superintendent Ann Kearney and Cindy FinGado, business manager, on several occasions to discuss the project.

Funding extension for senior center approved

November 6, 2010

Due to several funding inadequacies due to unfavorable economic times, county commissioners voted Wednesday to redirect allocated monies for the continuation of a project for Bennetts Valley Senior Center.

Supervisors approve stormwater, meeting ordinances

November 5, 2010

The Fox Township Supervisors approved a motion to amend their existing Stormwater Management ordinance to include the recently enacted plan from the county.
Elk County enacted a new Stormwater Management Plan, which was approved by the Department of Environmental Protection, on Sept. 16. All Elk County municipalities must now adopt or amend their existing stormwater ordinances to comply with the county’s plan.
Supervisor Dave Mattiuz introduced a motion which requires all township boards, authorities and committees to hold their meetings and workshops on township property.

Range of area elk herd expanding

November 5, 2010

Pennsylvania's elk herd currently numbers over 700 animals spread out across a 3,750 square mile range; however, many people base what they know about the elk on the small percentage of the herd that inhabits the area immediately around Benezette.
Given how used to people the elk around Benezette appear, it is difficult for some people to understand how the concept of an elk hunt can be challenging.

City opens meetings on 2011 budget

November 5, 2010

Members of city council held their first of three scheduled meetings regarding the 2011 city budget yesterday evening and plan to meet again tonight.
According to city manager Dave Greene, the currently proposed tax increase is about three and a half mills, though he noted that no figures have been agreed upon by council. He added that council members are currently trying to make concessions in the budget so that only a lesser increase would be required.
Carol Muhitch, city finance director, explained that each mill is worth about $208,000.

November 2nd

Gabler, Thompson, Corbett, Toomey carry Elk County

November 2, 2010

In the Nov. 2 general election, Republican Matt Gabler picked up 6,823 votes in Elk County compared to Democrat Frank Straub's 3,162 votes in the race for Representative in the General Assembly for the 75th District.
A total of 10,075 Elk County voters turned out at the polls on Tuesday, 50.6 percent of the county's registered voters. The majority of voters split the ballot, with 1,517 Democrats voting for the straight Democratic ticket and 2,302 Republicans voting for the straight Republican ticket.

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