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February 28th

Internet safety program offered to parents

February 28, 2011

The City of St. Marys Police Department and Dickinson Children's Prevention Services recently teamed up to host an internet safety program entitled "Protecting Kids Online." The presentation took place Wednesday evening in the Elk County Catholic High School auditorium.

Ehrensberger reminisces about Peace Corps experience

February 28, 2011

In the summer of 1965, Leo Ehrensberger of St. Marys was an accounting major at St. Vincent College when he accompanied some friends out on a Friday night. On a whim, they decided to take an assessment being offered the next day for the Peace Corps.
"About three or four months later, four of us got letters that said we were accepted," Ehrensberger said.

Conservation District considers source water protection

February 28, 2011

The Elk County Conservation discussed becoming involved with the Source Water Protection Technical Assistance Program [SWPTAP] offered by the Department of Environmental Protection during Monday night's meeting.
"We have a new fellow by the name of Jacob Moore who works down at the regional office-- he is an environmental planner and he's come to us filling a position that has been empty for about two years," said conservation district field representative John M. Green. "Jake has hit the ground running in our office and it looks like he has some big things going on there."

February 27th

Confirmation classes donate to local organizations

February 27, 2011

On Sunday afternoon, members of this year's Confirmation class presented Betsy Roberts, treasurer of the St. Marys Christian Food Bank, with a check for over $5,500 that they raised for the organization through their "Souper Bowl" collection at area churches on Super Bowl Sunday. The students collected donations following that weekend's Masses at all three Catholic churches in St. Marys, as well as at the chapel at Elk County Catholic High School following a Saturday evening service.

Discovery blasts into space for final mission

February 27, 2011

Former St. Marys resident Jenn Steele, along with numerous relatives including cousins Margie and Nick Fritz, Sara and Ray Shaffer and Christa Fritz-Gainar, all of St. Marys, were among those who witnessed the recent NASA Discovery space shuttle launch on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at 4:53 p.m. The pristine weather provided for ideal viewing of the launch along central Florida's space coast, home to Kennedy Space Center. The Expedition 26 crew's 11-day mission includes two spacewalks in order to conduct maintenance work and install new components.

February 25th

Dunham's Sports holds grand opening

February 26, 2011

The winter weather impacting the area Friday morning failed to deter residents from venturing to Dunham's Sports, which officially opened for business following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. The business is located along S. St. Marys Street in the storefront formerly occupied by St. Marys Chevrolet.
Dunham's offers a variety of recreational equipment, including athletic apparel, footwear, general athletics items, and hunting items.

McLain creates unique yet functional wood carvings

February 25, 2011

Chainsaw Carver Brett McLain, 34, of Fredon, N.J., not only creates unique wood carvings but works to promote other carvers' work as part of his business, Freehand Custom Carving, which he established six years ago.
"We host carvers from all over the country and all over the world at our shop," McLain said. "We are continuing to create a budget to push the envelope of standard chainsaw carvings."
McLain is a veteran of the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, having participated in the "vous" in the last 11 of its 12 years.

February 24th

St. Marys schools earn Keystone awards

February 24, 2011

St. Marys Area School District principals were recently presented with Keystone Achievement Awards, signifying each school's achievement in reaching adequate yearly progress (AYP).
South St. Marys Street, Fox Township and Bennetts Valley Elementary schools, along with St. Marys Area Middle and High schools, were among the state's schools receiving the awards.

Supervisors hold special meeting about insurance

February 24, 2011

The Jay Township Supervisors held a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss the township's health insurance policy. According to supervisor Francis Gustafson, the supervisors were recently informed that the cost for the policy was going to increase by about $900 per month and, in an effort to keep costs down, they hoped to find an alternate, cheaper policy.
Amy Groman, an insurance agent for St. Marys Insurance, also attended the meeting to answer supervisors' questions and to provide assistance as they considered their various options.

Popular carver shares advice with peers

February 24, 2011

Jeff Samudosky, the popular carver whose larger-than-life wooden horse sculpture has taken the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous by storm, presented a seminar Thursday morning at Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and stressed the importance of both sharing ideas and finding your own way.
"I've just tried to figure things out on my own," Samudosky said. "A lot of these things that took me 13 years to do, I can show someone now in 10 minutes.
"We're all here to learn off each other and everyone has something to bring to the table."

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