Archive - 2014 - News Article
March 14, or 3-14, is the date that corresponds with the first three digits of the irrational and transcendental number pi, and the day is often recognized as a holiday of sorts to honor the number. Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and its digits continue infinitely without repetition. In celebration of Pi Day, students at St. Marys Area High School held an assembly on Friday afternoon, using the occasion as a fundraiser as well as to enjoy pie-themed events such as a pie-eating contest and giving students the opportunity to pie some of their teachers.
The legacy of a St. Marys dentist, the late Dr. Philip DaMore, continues in Honduras with the recent founding of a dental clinic in Honduras in his name.
The clinic was established by the Rice Foundation with dental equipment donated by Dr. DaMore following his retirement.
Last year marked the most prom gowns collected from area residents as part of an effort to ensure a group of disadvantaged Kentucky teens could attend their school proms.
According to Laura Kuntz, a St. Marys Catholic Elementary School teacher and project organizer, said she distributed 102 dresses, 43 pairs of shoes and various accessories such as purses and jewelry.
Kuntz is currently collecting gowns, dresses, shoes and accessories which she plans to hand-deliver to Beatyville, Ky., a deeply poverty-stricken area, toward the end of March as their prom takes place at the end of April.
Any area residents who have considered combining their love of books and baking are in luck, as the St. Marys Pubic Library will be holding an Edible Book Contest open to amateur bakers of any age on Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m.
"We're encouraging people to take a favorite book and turn it into a visual cake," said St. Marys Public Library Director Leslie Swope.
Using a cake or cupcakes, individuals are challenged to be imaginative and create a cake depicting a scene, character, or overall theme from a book.
The ongoing improvements to the Million Dollar Highway have led to a certain amount of frustration on the part of local residents. Potholes, traffic delays and equipment in residentsâ€™ front yards are a few of the problems that go along with road construction. Several business owners along the highway, however, say that construction hasnâ€™t slowed them down.
Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors are new hires of school drivers, support personnel, awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, a resignation, leaves of absence and transfer of support personnel.
The board approved an employment agreement between the district and Ginger Williams for the position of Business Manager. Terms of the the contract will run from June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is gearing up for a possible court battle to block a proposed injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
Acting at a meeting Wednesday, Supervisors Jim Wolfe, Paul Burton Sr. and Joe Milstead approved an agreement for representation by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) of Mercersburg.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney presented a budget update during the board's recent workshop.
Kearney stated that fiscally the district is in much better shape than many other districts.
St. Marys property tax levy is 32.35 mills, lower than that in Ridgway, Cameron County, DuBois, Bradford and Clearfield. Johnsonburg is the lowest levy of 30.80.
If taxes remain the same the district will collect just over $9.4 million next year in real estate tax.
The 2014 Business Expo is around the corner taking place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Fern in St. Marys featuring over 40 vendors.
Businesses representing numerous fields including contractors, energy representatives, educational, home-based businesses, manufacturing, insurance and health care, along with many more.
Once again the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the The River 98.9 in sponsoring the event.
"Last year over 1,500 people attended the Expo and 2014 promises to be even better," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
RIDGWAY â€“ On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District finance manager Brent Rhoads presented information to the board concerning costs and trends for the school district over the past several years.
The 2014-2015 budget is yet to be completed. However, according to Rhoads, district officials will not wait until the state budget is passed as it could be as late as July by the time figures come through.
"I just wanted to try to show some of the issues we have going on in our budget this year," Rhoads said.