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November 16th

Community invited to share Christmas Day Dinner

November 16, 2011

ST. MARYS - Preparations for the 17th free annual St. Marys Christmas Day Dinner are under way.
The dinner will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 25 in Asbury Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 140 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys. Open to all residents of St. Marys, Fox Township and Jay Township, the dinner is held to allow community residents to spend time together. All are welcome, regardless of age, financial status, and religious denomination, according to Alice Wiesner, one of the event organizers.

Foundation provides grants to nonprofits

November 16, 2011

The Elk County Community Foundation [ECCF] distributed nearly $20,000 in grant monies to five non-profit organizations Wednesday night at Elkwood Arts at 324 Allenhurst Ave., in Ridgway.
ECCF brought together non-profit organizations that serve the residents of Ridgway who were chosen to receive a grant from the Borough of Ridgway Charitable Fund.

November 15th

Community invited to support troops during letter-stuffing party

November 15, 2011

ST. MARYS - Community members and organizations are invited to lend their support to our military personnel by volunteering at the upcoming Letters From Home (LFH) letter-stuffing party taking place on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center.
The November event is part of LFH's fall mailing entitled "Thank You From America." Sign-up for the event begins at 12:30 p.m., with package preparation starting at 1 p.m.
"The soldiers love receiving children's artwork," said Letters From Home founder Christine Jovenitti.

Antique dealers bring road show to town

November 15, 2011

ST. MARYS - The average person has $750 worth of gold in his or her their home without even knowing it, according to Jay Recher, a field manager with THR & Associates, a buyer of precious metals, coins, antiques, and collectibles, which has again brought its road show to the Comfort Inn on the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys.
The event, open to the public, is being held in a conference room at the motel, where clients can sit down with a specialist and determine what items the company is willing to purchase from them and at what price.

Rep. Gabler reflects on Auman's military service

November 15, 2011

During his speech at American Legion Post 103's annual Veterans Day banquet on Saturday evening at Bavarian Hills, Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) took a moment to reflect on the recent loss of World War II veteran James O. Auman, who died last Friday on Veterans Day.
Gabler explained that Auman was someone whom he always had a lot of respect for.

SMAMS teacher receives McDonald's 'MAC' grant

November 15, 2011

Julie Newton, a seventh and eighth grade math teacher at St. Marys Area Middle School (SMAMS), is presented with a $500 McDonald's MAC grant by Linda Hoffman, right, owner of the St. Marys McDonald's on Wednesday morning.

November 14th

Board members honored at SMASD meeting

November 15, 2011

Honor roll certificates were presented to members of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors in recognition of their service during Monday's meeting as part of a statewide effort on behalf of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to acknowledge and honor school directors for their years of service.
Certificates were presented to James Baumgratz, Joseph Goetz, John Mulcahy and Patricia Razmerski.

Public education celebrated during 'American Education Week'

November 14, 2011

Public schools across the nation, including those in the St. Marys Area School District, are planning a variety of activities this week in celebration of "American Education Week" (AEW) taking place from Nov. 13-19.
Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), American Education Week is "Celebrating 90 Years of Public Education" as its 2011 theme.

ECCOTA presents ‘Heart in the Arts’ awards at gala

November 14, 2011

ST. MARYS - Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) presented awards to individuals who have contributed to the arts in Elk County at the organization’s annual gala Saturday evening. The Monte Carlo-themed event was held at the Diamond View Restaurant in St. Marys.
Abbi Peters, ECCOTA executive director, said this is the first year the awards have been presented. Titled “Heart in the Arts,” the awards were founded based on ECCOTA’s mission statement and were designed to “honor organizations and individuals for providing experience, opportunity and support.”

Elk County a buyer's market for homes

November 14, 2011

ST. MARYS - While Elk County was not spared by the national housing crisis, local realtors say that comparatively it has fared better than other parts of the country. While certain realtors cite an increase in sales in recent years and others a drop, there is a general consensus that property values in the area have depreciated, resulting in the confluence of a buyer-oriented market.
According to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales nationwide declined in September, but activity has increased since this time last year.

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