Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
The weather was sunny and fairly mild around noon on Saturday morning as a few dozen people gathered at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery to take part in the annual Wreaths Across America National Remembrance Ceremony and assist with placing wreaths on veterans' graves there and at the Protestant Cemetery.
According to local historian Ray Beimel, the Benedictine Sisters who worked at Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital lived year-round in a small apartment, which acted as a "small convent within the building for the Sisters who actually worked there."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Over $199,000 in scholarships was announced Wednesday at the Punxsutawney Christian School (PCS) as part of the stateâ€™s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. The Elk County Catholic School System in St. Marys and St. Boniface Elementary School in Kersey were among those schools who received funding at the event.
RIDGWAY - A controversial lawsuit pitting the Elk County Board of Commissioners against the county sheriff's office was resolved with little fanfare Friday as following three hours of testimony both sides reached a settlement behind closed doors.
The Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Concert Band performed a Christmas Concert Spectacular on Friday evening inside the Queen of the World Church in St. Marys. Under the direction of Christopher Jon Gankosky, the band performed numerous pieces: "Ding Dong Merrily on High," "Compassion," "I Saw Three Ships," "Believe," "Bells of Joy," "A Festive Christmas Celebration," "Sleigh Ride," and a selection from the movie "Home Alone."
The band consists of 62 individuals from throughout the area, including Elk County, Emporium, Forestville, Canonsburg, York, DuBois, Johnstown and Indiana (IUP).
While Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital was eventually rebuilt at its original location, local historian Ray Beimel indicated that at least one piece of evidence has come to light suggesting that another site for the facility may have at least been considered.
A new dimension has been added to the ongoing battle between the county's board of commissioners and the sheriff's department.
With the sheriff's department reportedly over budget by $9,000 by the year's end, the board of commissioners reportedly will not cover the overage and Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg filed a civil complaint on behalf of his department against the board.
It has rained for several days this week, so how can there still be a drought watch in the area? St. Marys Area Water Authority Manager Dwight Hoare explained why residents served by the authority should continue to conserve water.
Following the fire at Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital on Nov. 27, 1934, all that was left of the structure was its stone walls. Everything that had been made of wood inside the building was destroyed in the blaze, according to local historian Ray Beimel.
With the hospital destroyed, the Benedictine Sisters stepped in and made a big sacrifice for the benefit of the community.
At a recent meeting of the St. Marys Area Board of School Directors, the board approved a number of new personnel items on the agenda.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation.
The following professional personnel resignation was accepted: Linda Buchheit, of St. Marys, as teacher at St. Marys Area Middle School, effective Jan. 14, 2013.
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