Archive - 2013 - News Article
RIDGWAY â€“ The recent 16-day federal government shutdown had little effect on the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission as officials for the reimbursement-based organization were prepared for the duration.
Three members of St. Marys City Council volunteered to work with the Shade Tree Commission in making changes within the organization as discussed during Monday evening's council meeting.
Councilman Bob Roberts reported he recently met with Shade Tree Commission Chairperson Gail Shturtz along with two other members of the commission.
During the meeting Roberts asked if the commission would be willing to work with council toward instating changes.
Preliminary plans to proceed with the downtown hotel project were given the go-ahead on Monday evening as St. Marys City Council approved a request from Todd Hanes of St. Marys, representing Creekside Investments, as the project developer.
The project will consist of a 65-room national flag hotel.
Hanes said he must obtain council's permission first in order to proceed with the project because there is grant money involved coming from North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. The city is also involved in the process.
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.