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January 12th

Steelers to honor local Purple Heart recipient at game

January 12, 2011

A capacity home crowd will be cheering Saturday at Heinz Field as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens in a pro football playoff game.
But before the action begins on the field, these same fans will be saluting several Purple Heart recipients-- including Leo "Jerry" Geibel of Kane-- in a pre-game ceremony at the stadium.
"It's a privilege to be part of the Purple Heart ceremony," Geibel said. "I want to thank the Steelers, who made it possible."

January 11th

Smith's Sport Store closes after 87 years

January 12, 2011

Smith's Sport Store officially closed its doors on Dec. 30, 2010 after 87 years of business in the St. Marys downtown area.
According to owner Jeff Buchheit, the biggest reason for the decision to close the business stemmed from people changing the way they spend their time.
"Hunting has changed dramatically over the course of the last 20 years, but it's been on a fast-paced changed in the last five," Buchheit said.

Swimmers reach out to four-legged friends

January 12, 2011

Members of the St. Marys Area High School Swim and Dive Teams put their teamwork to use during a recent collection drive for the Elk County Humane Society.
"We decided that as a team that we wanted to do something bigger than ourselves this year," said Megan Barber, girls' team co-captain.
The teams solicited donations prior to their Intersquad Meet on Dec. 17. The meet featured swimmers and divers from the high school, as well as junior high members of the Blue Tide team.

Board releases 2010 figures; prison generates over $120K

January 12, 2011

Through work-release fees and housing revenue, the Elk County Prison generated over $120,000 for 2010.
Speaking at a prison board meeting Tuesday morning, warden Gregory J. Gebauer indicated that total housing revenue for 2010 from housing out-of-county inmates was $64,250. Work-release fees collected for the year were $60,372.65.

School board discusses business items

January 12, 2011

During Monday evening's St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors meeting, a variety of items were approved regarding several aspects of the district.
Resident Marilyn Secco questioned the board as to why the National Anthem is not played during junior high and elementary sporting events.
Secco said school board member Bob Luchini informed her that it was school board policy.
Secco added that she believes having the National Anthem played at all grade level sporting events will provide a learning opportunity for the students as well.

January 10th

Supervisors make changes to health insurance coverage

January 10, 2011

During a special meeting Friday morning, the Jay Township Supervisors voted 2-1 to discontinue paying certain costs associated with the township's health insurance coverage.

Surra oversees creation of student constitution

January 10, 2011

St. Marys Area High School social studies teacher Dominic Surra presented a new student constitution to members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors during their regular meeting Monday evening.
Surra was approached by SMAHS Principal Josh Williams to work on the new program, which entailed creating a Student Government Constitution.
While the document was created by students, Surra acted as a guide throughout the process in facilitating debates and discussion brought up during the duration of the project.

January 9th

Citizens question supervisors’ compliance with Sunshine Act

January 9, 2011

WEEDVILLE – After hearing the supervisors’ plans for moving forward without a roadmaster, residents of Jay Township called into question the supervisors’ understanding of Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act, which dictates that certain meetings must be open to the public.
After supervisors Jeremy Rippey and Francis Gustafson voted to discontinue the roadmaster position, which was previously held by supervisor Murray Lilley, during their reorganizational meeting on Jan. 3, the supervisors held a special meeting on Friday morning to discuss their plans moving forward.

Citizens, supervisors sound off on elimination of roadmaster

January 9, 2011

WEEDVILLE - Over 30 township residents crowded Jay Township's municipal building on Friday morning at a special meeting of the township supervisors to voice their opinion on the supervisors’ recent decision to eliminate the position of roadmaster.

January 7th

New year brings Rendezvous

January 8, 2011

With the new year comes the 12th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, as organizers are preparing for the weeklong event.
"It's coming together pretty well and we have about 130 carvers signed up so far, which is pretty much par for the course," Liz Boni, co-owner of Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and the main organizer of the event.
The Rendezvous is scheduled for Feb. 19-26.

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The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball team improved their record to 5-2 on the season with a 3-0...
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