Archive - Oct 2013 - News Article
A new unifying symbol designed to "galvanize greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault" is gaining momentum.
The fourth annual Big Spring 10K walk/run will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. at the Toby ball field, with the funds raised through this year's event benefitting a pair of area residents: Ray Gornati, a recent heart transplant patient from St. Marys, and Tommy Gilmore, a 7-year-old from Ridgway who is battling cancer.
Race organizers Rob Singer and Chuck Beyer explained that the race benefits different individuals each year, and the idea behind the event came about because there are always people who need help.
Colorful foliage was the ideal backdrop on a recent fall day in Benezette. Approximately 40 Rocky Mountain elk are shown in a field located adjacent to the Elk Country Visitors Center recently. Shown in the foreground is a young elk nursing from its mother, while another elk rests on the ground in the background as other elk roam the field while feeding. The fall is peak time for elk viewing as this is the rut (mating) season.
Updates to the St. Marys Area School District bullying/cyberbullying policy were approved during a recent school board meeting.
Among the policy highlights cover any incident of bullying/cyberbullying which is committed in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop or at any activity sponsored or sanctioned by the school.
Twenty-five years after the boulevard in downtown St. Marys was named after General Edward C. "Shy" Meyer, a new plaque was dedicated in his honor during a Friday morning ceremony. The former Chief of Staff of the United States Army was in attendance at the event along with several of his family members, friends, City of St. Marys representatives, numerous fellow military veterans and area residents.
"We are here on this momentous occasion to honor one of our native sons, Gen. Edward Meyer, for his 36 years of accomplishments in the U.S. Army," said City Manager Dave Greene.
Local filmmaker Sean Perry takes his latest step in his professional journey on Saturday night with the premiere of his latest film, "Alive and Unburied." This will be the fourth premiere Perry has held in his career, with the latest being last yearâ€™s "Diamonds are a Conâ€™s Best Friend."
According to Perry, his newest production "tells the story of three high school kids who witness a horrific train crash that releases a mysterious chemical amongst their hometown of Kane."
Costumes by Mary, the areas newest Halloween headquarters, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday afternoon. Attendees at the event each donned a costume of their choice for the photo. Members of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce along with family members and friends of owner Mary Jin dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz along with a witch, a unique gorilla carrying a man in a cage costume, super heroes and an adult themed costume.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel items during their recent meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
St. Marys Area School District students are benefitting from the services provided by two local AmeriCorps teachers, Karen Wendel and Dave Herbstritt. Each teacher explained their involvement with the program during a recent St. Marys Area School District board of directors workshop.
Joe Collins, SMASD director of curriculum and instruction, introduced the teachers.
"I'm very happy to have these two fine people join St. Marys and helping us through AmeriCorps and I appreciate Americorps for providing this," Collins said.
Shoppers who stroll down Erie Avenue may notice something new in town. What was once The Variety Shop is now under new management as The Persnickety Gift Boutique. Rebajean Stone was a Variety Shop vendor and now owns Persnickety.
â€śI came here as a vendor last November, and in August I took it over to run it myself,â€ť Stone said. â€śPartially because I am disabled, I thought this would be a chance that I could get out and actually do something. Iâ€™ve got wonderful women who work here and help keep this place going, and itâ€™s working.â€ť