Archive - Jun 2014 - News Article
Over the past few months, the Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team has racked up an impressive 26-0 record and has one final game remaining in their seasonâ€“the PIAA Class A State Championship on Friday afternoon.
Though only nine players can be out on the field at any given time, reaching this point and maintaining a perfect record has taken the effort of all 20 of the players on the Crusaders' roster.
The 2014-15 St. Marys Area School District budget of $26,122,346 was unanimously approved by the school board.
"The great news for the community is there is no tax increase for the upcoming year," said Superintendent Ann Kearney. "Once again this is a budget that the district can be very proud of. We are in fiscally sound condition for the upcoming year. This is based on past decisions made by a very responsible board over the years."
This year's $26 million budget is an increase from the previously budgeted $25,264,867 in 2013-14.
RIDGWAY â€“ Ridgway Area School District superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien offered a formal statement during Tuesday evening's school board meeting in order to address his recently-announced resignation. O'Brien will officially be leaving the district Aug. 8.
"It's hard to believe that three years have eclipsed so quickly," he said. "No words can articulate the deep appreciation I feel for the community and the opportunity to serve this wonderful district.
"As superintendent I have enjoyed a plethora of experiences that have allowed me to grow personally and professionally."
Ridgwayâ€™s Senior Center, located on Vine Avenue, is slowly but surely recovering after taking on roughly three feet of water during last monthâ€™s devastating flood. After losing much of what was inside, including just under three feet of the bottom portion of its inner walls, things are beginning to come together.
â€śWeâ€™re down here working, and hopefully next week our breakfast club will be able to start up again,â€ť said executive director Harry Himes.
The center is beginning to replace some of the items lost in order to become fully operational.
Action on hiring a new superintendent for the St. Marys Area School District was absent from the school board meeting agenda on Monday evening.
"The search is still ongoing," said Bob Luchini, SMASD school board president. "We have a number of items to discuss in executive session pertaining to that."
A motion was made during Thursday's workshop to have St. Marys Area High School Principal Josh Williams, who is a candidate for the superintendent position, placed on the meeting agenda to be approved for the position.
Grumley was hired in 1999 as SMAHS principal and was transferred to SSMSE as principal in 2001. Superintendent Ann Kearney described Grumley as being a legend in the district and has been highly respected.
"He knows his students and parents and has led the school to high levels of academic achievement. He has certainly 'touched the future'," Kearney said. She wished Grumley and his wife Maria best of luck in their retirements.
On Saturday morning the large meeting room in the downstairs area of the St. Marys Public Library was filled with sounds more befitting of a science laboratory than a library. It was all part of the kickoff event for the library's Summer Reading Program: Fizz, Boom, Science with Sean.
This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read," and so the help of Sean Petrick, a librarian from DuBois who has degrees in environmental science and computer science, was enlisted for the occasion.
KERSEY â€“Â The weather could not have been better from 9 a.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday for 2014 Relay for Life of Elk County, which was held at Fox Township Community Park in Kersey. There were blue skies and sunshine throughout the day on Saturday and the rain held off until the event had concluded on Sunday morning, and a sizable crowd from throughout the area was present at the park throughout the 24-hour period of this year's Relay.
KERSEY â€“Â Many area residents know Richard Masson as the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the 59th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, a post he has held for a number of years, and in which capacity he had interacted with individuals from throughout the county. On Saturday evening though, Masson addressed attendees at the Relay for Life of Elk County, held at the Fox Township Community Park, in a much different context. Masson was the guest speaker at this year's event as a 10-year throat cancer survivor.
KERSEY â€“Â Amy Armstrong, an Elk County Relay for Life committee member in charge of survivorship, addressed the crowd at this year's event at the Fox Township Community Park prior to the survivors' walk on Saturday evening.
Armstrong began her brief remarks by explaining that she was going to talk about "something a little unusual"â€“rubber bands.
"Rubber bands are a brilliant creation," she said. "They're so useful. They're simple, but they're useful in many different ways."