Archive - Aug 6, 2012 - News Article
Members of St. Marys City Council embarked on a heated debate on Monday evening regarding the placement of tobacco-free signs at area recreation parks.
The issue was discussed at a previous meeting following a resident's complaint about the signs to St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer. Geyer said council was unaware the signs were in place. City Manager Dave Greene said the St. Marys Recreation Board has the right to enact a policy to place the signs within local parks.
At 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, family, friends, classmates and fellow lifeguards of Michael Proudfit gathered at Memorial Park for the planting of a memorial tree in Proudfit's honor. Proudfit died following a car crash in February.
The tree, a Royal Raindrops Flowering Crab, was purchased with donations collected by Proudfit's classmates at Elk County Catholic High School.
Clythera Hornung, a member of the Shade Tree Commission who was on hand at the event, explained that this particular type of tree is coincidentally appropriate for Proudfit, given his love of pink.
New legislation revising the standards by which Pennsylvania public school teachers, principals and certain non-teaching professional employees are evaluated will be phased in at St. Marys Area School District and other Pa. schools beginning in the upcoming school year.
Under the new law, student achievement will make up 50 percent of the educatorâ€™s overall evaluation score. Student achievement will be calculated using a combination of statewide assessments, student growth data through the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System, and other elective measures chosen at the local level.
KERSEY â€“ On Aug. 15, all candidates for the Pennsylvania top state offices of the Democratic Party will gather together at The Red Fern in Kersey at 5 p.m. to introduce their ideas and discuss their stance for the upcoming election.
â€śThis is quite an honor to have all of these candidates,â€ť said Bob Roberts, Elk County Democratic Committee chairman. â€śWeâ€™ve never seen the likes of all of the candidates running for the top state offices here in Elk County.â€ť