Archive - 2013 - News Article
Plans for the South St. Marys Street Elementary School playground are moving ahead steadily as the St. Marys Area School District board of directors approved the purchase of playground equipment totaling $77,700 during their Monday evening meeting.
Included in the equipment are three bridges, three slides, three overhead features, 14 climbers, a balance beam, a roller table and six play panels. The playground is custom design as organizers have been able to choose the equipment which best suits their needs.
Cafeteria debt for the St. Marys Area School District is at a low of $1,796.62 as reported by SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney during a recent school board workshop.
Kearney credits Jennifer Asti, director of food services for the district, in her efforts of significantly decreasing the debt.
Just a few years ago the debt was as high as $8,000. Kearney stated the debt is much lower than it typically is this time of year.
Anyone traveling in the vicinity of the Catholic Community Center, located at 142 Church St., on weekday afternoons may have noticed a sign outside the building inviting teens to iCafe.
iCafe has been in existence in some form for a number of years, but only started being open on an almost daily basis about a year ago when John Amoratis took over as the youth minister for St. Marys' three Catholic parishes.
BENEZETTE â€“ During his visit to Elk County on Thursday, Governor Tom Corbett emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships within the state's tourism industry, specifically relating to state parks, visitors centers and more.
"I think it's a wave of the future of the industry not just in Pennsylvania, but around the country, where we can get more bang for our buck if we invoke the private community," Corbett said.
He added by growing in such partnerships allows everyone to get a better product rather than just relying upon state tax dollars.
George and Dolly Bauer arrived at the Elk Haven Nursing Home Friday morning to load their car with prepared hot meals to deliver to elderly residents through the Meals On Wheels program. George and Dolly have been volunteering their time to Meals On Wheels for over 20 years.
George, who is retired from Keystone Carbon, described his volunteer experience as a good way to stay physically active and to stay connected with the community.
BENEZETTE â€“ In an effort to promote tourism, Governor Tom Corbett visited the Elk Country Visitor Center on Thursday afternoon to highlight the Pennsylvania Wilds as a top destination for travelers as well as to mark the 100 years since elk were reintroduced into the region.
"Unique tourist destinations like the Elk Country Visitor Center support Pennsylvania's tourism industry and help create and sustain local jobs," Corbett said. "Attendance at the center has grown to 200,000 tourists annually, each spending money and supporting local small businesses."
Representatives from EQT Corp. were in attendance at the St. Marys Area School District board of directors meeting on Thursday evening to answer any questions in regard to the right-of-way the company has obtained for use of a road located next to Bennetts Valley Elementary School.
EQT Community Advisor Josie Schultz said in the new agreement they have included a clause stating the company will return the road to good or better condition than it was found. Also added in the agreement were the installation of safety fencing between the school and the road.
Several grant applications to obtain possible funding for the St. Marys Recreation Board multi-park project were unanimously approved by members of City Council.
Community and Economic Development Coordinator Tina Gradizzi presented information about each application to council. They include requests for $125,000 to the A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust, for $60,000 to the Stackpole-Hall Foundation and for $6,400 to the Elk County Community Foundation, all for phase II project funding.
Elk Company 1 Crystal Fire Department and St. Marys Ambulance were dispatched at 12:43 p.m. Wednesday afternoon to Bluewater Thermal Solutions located at 118 Access Rd. off of West Creek Road in St. Marys for a report of a piece of equipment on fire inside the building.
Disseminating information to today's youth can be a challenging task since they often do not have the same habits as those in older generations. For John Amoratis, Youth Minister for the three Catholic parishes in St. Marys, that challenge led to the creation of a new app for iOS devices that will eventually help individuals stay in touch with church happenings without having to read a physical copy of the weekly bulletin.
Amoratis explained that the idea came about after roughly 42 of the current 60 Life Teen students were surveyed about how often they read the church bulletin.