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October 17th

SMASD approves personnel items

October 17, 2013

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.

October 16th

AmeriCorps teachers benefitting school district

October 16, 2013

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.

Persnickety and SMP partner for breast cancer fundraising

October 16, 2013

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.
“I came here as a vendor last November, and in August I took it over to run it myself,” Stone said. “Partially because I am disabled, I thought this would be a chance that I could get out and actually do something. I’ve got wonderful women who work here and help keep this place going, and it’s working.”

New recycler found for electronics

October 16, 2013

eLoop LLC, a Pittsburgh-based electronics recycler, has taken over handling all of the electronics collected at the Community Recycling Center, according to Elk County Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Bekki Titchner.
The company that previously handled the electronics collected at the center, eco International, recently closed its doors, prompting the change.

October 15th

United Way welcomes new executive director

October 16, 2013

Kris Kronenwetter is taking over the helm at the St. Marys Area United Way as the organization's new executive director.
“Kris has been a staple in our community for years. Her familiarity with our community will help to broaden our impact on the organizations and citizens that benefit from the United Way," said Margie Schlimm, St. Marys Area United Way board president.

Comedian shares advice with creative writing students

October 16, 2013

Nationally touring comic Bubba Bradley, a 1999 graduate of Elk County Catholic High School, returned to ECC last Friday as the featured speaker at a student assembly.
Leading up to that assembly, creative writing teacher Grace Messineo gave her students an assignment to critique Bradley's speech based on the four types of satire writing.

More funding available from state

October 15, 2013

Counties in the Northern Tier Regional Telecommunications Project Agency will be applying for wireless 911 funding made available by state government as reported during a Tuesday morning board of commissioners meeting.

October 14th

Douglas had high level of drug in bloodstream

October 14, 2013

KANE – An affidavit of probable cause filed in Magisterial District Court 48-3-04 shows Kathleen S. Douglas, age 37, of North Tionesta Avenue, Kane, had "levels of the Schedule IV controlled substance Clonazepam (that) were several times greater than they should have been given the dosage prescribed" when she was involved in a fatal crash that killed six people.

Community-wide Pink Day set for Friday

October 14, 2013

The annual community-wide Pink Day is scheduled for Friday throughout the county, and area students - and residents in general - are encouraged to "get their pink on" to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
According to information available on the American Cancer Society's website, "about one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime."

Board approves purchase of playground equipment

October 14, 2013

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.

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