Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
Gannon University students Bryton Dybowski of Ridgway, Shelby Davison of Ridgway and Don Breakey of Johnsonburg recently traveled to Joplin, Mo., to assist victims of the May 2011 tornado. The trip was a part of an alternative spring break program offering students something to do with their time off.
â€śA lot of kids go home and relax,â€ť said Breakey, a biology and pre-med major at Gannon. â€śI wanted to do something productive and give myself a new perspective on what is out there and what can be done.â€ť
Dybowski went because of her love of service work.
A new policy entitled the Internship Ride-Along Program through the City of St. Marys Police Department was approved during the most recent St. Marys City Council meeting.
Chief Todd Caltagarone explained the policy before council, stating that while the program has been in place for several years, he believed there needs to be a formal policy in place to protect the police, the observer and the general public.
Superintendent Ann Kearney presented the St. Marys Area School District's proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year at Thursday's workshop meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors.
The budget, still tentative pending approval by the board, totals $24,339,949 and represents a 1.78 percent increase from last year's.
In detailing the proposal, Kearney discussed expected revenue and expenditures influencing the upcoming year's projections.
Helping kids with cancer was the goal of St. Marys Area Middle School students as they recently concluded their fundraising efforts during their "Pennies for Patients" collection, a program sponsored by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
During a special school assembly, members of the Student Council, overseen by advisor Miss Smith, presented a check in the amount of $1,897.37 to Megan Nemecek, campaign coordinator for the LLS School and Youth Programs Western PA/WV Chapter.
Over 80 area students and adults were confirmed as adult members of the Roman Catholic church on Sunday afternoon by the Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, STD, SSL, Bishop of Erie; and the Right Reverend Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., Archabbot of St. Vincent Archabbey, in a ceremony held at Queen of the World Church. The majority of the Confirmation candidates were members of Queen of the World, Sacred Heart, and St. Mary's parishes.
CLARION - The Ridgway Elkers defeated the Sewickley Academy Panthers by a 48-40 score to advance to the second round of the PIAA Class A boysâ€™ tournament.
The Elkers will meet the Kennedy Catholic squad next Tuesday at a site and time to be announced. Kennedy Catholic defeated Cornell by a 64-53 score.
The Elkers were able to use a pressing defense in the first half of last nightâ€™s contest to build a 10-4 lead after the first eight minutes and take a 21-12 halftime lead.
In the second half, Sewickley outscored the Elkers by a 28-27 margin to cut Ridgwayâ€™s final margin of victory to 48-40.
A post-sentencing hearing for Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, was continued to a later time and date as announced by Elk County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Richard Masson on Friday morning.
In October, a 12-member Butler County jury found Donachy guilty of second-degree murder, rape, burglary and aggravated assault in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician. The lengthy trial took place inside the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
ST. MARYS - A new service offered by Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) will help people with disabilities gain valuable work experience and give them an insight into different careers.
Seniors residing in St. Marys are encouraged to apply for the newly established Gloria Jean McAllister Kneidel and Patrick Charles Jessup postsecondary scholarship.
The fund is being established by Eileen Kneidel Miller, daughter of the late Gloria Jean McAllister Kneidel.
"The scholarship was established because I wanted the most important person in my life, my mom, remembered. She was a wonderful woman and loved by so many. Also for my daughter Alyssa's favorite cousin to be remembered because she thinks of him very often," Kneidel said.
At 2 a.m. on Sunday March, 11, daylight saving time begins for 2012, with clocks springing forward and many Americans finding themselves deprived of an hour of sleep and noticing a darker sky on their Monday morning commute.