Archive - Sep 2012 - News Article
ST. MARYS - "Necessity is the mother of invention," said Dennis Rogers of St. Marys who built a firewood processor designed to lessen the physical toll of log splitting after suffering a back injury. His invention has since been patented and sold to a Canadian outdoor power products company which currently manufactures and sells the product.
One could say it was a serendipitous chain of events that led Rogers to build the prototype for what would eventually become the WP Wood Processor.
St. Marys City Council approved two issues pertaining to pension plans during their Monday evening meeting.
The 2013 Minimum Municipal Obligation (M.M.O) for pension plans was the first item addressed. The annual report, known as Act 205, requires information about the plans be submitted and approved by the governing body of the city by Sept. 30.
Total reimbursement for the police pension is $171,550 and for the non-uniformed employees it is $133,164, for a total of $304,714. As of Monday, the city's state aid is $236,023.24, leaving the city contribution at $76,677.74.
ST. MARYS - With tons of vendors, entertainment and activities for children and adults, this yearâs third annual Bavarian Fall Fest is sure to be full of autumnal fun for area residents.
The festival will be held in downtown St. Marys from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 21; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.
Planning committee member Paula Weyant said this year's event has even better entertainment than the two years prior.
The Chautauqua Art Challenge, an event inspired by the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, is scheduled to hit Mayville, N.Y. on Sept. 24-29.
The weeklong event, conjured up by Rendezvous genius Rick Boni, will feature a painting competition, clay competition, cardboard/fabric sculpture competition, ice carving competition, and wood carving competition.
"It's a wonderful opportunity," said Liz Boni of Appalachian Arts Studio. "It was probably a couple of years after the Rendezvous where Rick [Boni] thought it'd be really neat to have an event where you're really challenged.
In addressing parental concern surrounding the status of the St. Marys Area School District's gifted program, Superintendent Ann Kearney assured parents at a recent Board of Directors meeting that the program had not been cut.
"I had a couple of phone calls concerned about the gifted program. One parent thought we cut the gifted program and we did not and I want to make that clear," Kearney said.
Those who want to bring home some of the beauty and inspiring sites from along the Elk Scenic Drive may now do so with a recently published photography book by area resident Marci Geise.
The book, which is appropriately titled "Elk Scenic Drive," contains 46 pages featuring 73 photographs that, according to Geise, highlight "many points of interest that are located along the Elk Scenic Drive."
J.D. Petruzzi, Civil War historian and author from Brockway, noted that a bunch of backwoods country boys would soon form the elite group known as the âBucktails.â
In his address to the audience during the Bucktail Monument dedication at Mt. Zion Historical Park, Petruzzi said the Bucktails became famous among their brothers-in-arms and even among those who fought against them.
âThe term 'Bucktails' was so respected at the start of the war as to be uttered in awe by their comrades and declared with respect and honor when they met Confederates," Petruzzi said.
At approximately 1:16 a.m. on Saturday, a one-vehicle accident occurred on South Michael Road, directly across from Sheetz. According to unconfirmed reports, a vehicle operated by a male driver crashed into a utility pole and the front of a building housing the business Fourth Floor Graphics. The St. Marys City Police, Crystal Fire Department and St. Marys Area Ambulance responded to the scene. There were reportedly no injuries. Photo by Victoria Stanish.
Sylvester Kronenwetter of St. Marys was the lone Elk County resident selected for an elk license in Friday morningâs drawing held at the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) headquarters in Harrisburg and broadcast live on the PGCâs website. Kronenwetterâs name was drawn for the 41st of 46 cow elk licenses awarded for this yearâs hunt, which is scheduled to take place from Nov. 5-10 with an extended elk hunting period outside the elk management area for those with unfilled elk licenses from Nov. 12-17.
MT. ZION - âIf war should erupt, we will be able to wipe up all of the blood spilled with a single handkerchief,ââ said J.D. Petruzzi, Civil War historian and author from Brockway, in his address to the audience at the Bucktail monument dedication held at Mt. Zion Historical Park.