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October 14th, 2014

Mersen tax appeal may impact school district, other entities

October 14, 2014

The St. Marys Area School District could stand to lose up to $65,000 pending the outcome of a tax appeal by Mersen USA - St. Marys.
The company is out to prove their property is worth less than is listed on the Elk County tax rolls.
The original valuation of the Mersen facility located along Trout Run Road in St. Marys was $6 million however it was recently appraised at between $2 million to $2.3 million, according to information presented by the school board during a recent meeting.

Color Me Crazy run benefits SMAHS club

October 14, 2014

Saturday is going to be a colorful day at St. Marys Area High School as they will be hosting their first Color Me Crazy 5K.
Registration will be available the day of the event beginning at 10 a.m. with the race set to start at 11 a.m.
The event is open to participants of all ages, including dogs.
Participants will encounter five color stations situated throughout the course.
As participants pass through the stations colored cornstarch powder will be dosed on them by students holding spray bottles.

October 13th

Stadium renovations anticipated by school board

October 13, 2014

Much needed repairs to St. Marys Area High School's Dutch Country Stadium are anticipated to start at the end of the school year, according to Superintendent Brian Toth.
Among the scope of the project is field alterations, draining, minor bituminous paving, track renovations, fencing and miscellaneous alterations as well as sod replacement on the field.

New SMAHS club encourages community service

October 13, 2014

Students at St. Marys Area High School now have a new way to get involved in the community. On Monday evening, the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors unanimously approved the creation of a Pay It Forward/Student United Way club.
According to Jason Schreiber, the club's advisor who is also a teacher and coach at the high school, the idea for the club came about during the 2013-2014 school year when then principal Dr. Josh Williams was contacted by a representative of the United Way.

Library holding Pumpkin Decorating Contest

October 13, 2014

With Halloween only a few weeks away, the St. Marys Public Library is holding a Pumpkin Decorating Contest open to individuals of all ages. The decorating event will be held at the library tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m., though individuals can also decorate their pumpkins at home and bring them to the library.
All participants are asked to provide their own pumpkin, and each entry should be decorated based on the theme of a book of the entrant's choice.

VIDEO: Ebola - Everything You Need to Know in 94 Seconds

October 13, 2014

VIDEO: Ebola - Everything You Need to Know in 94 Seconds

VIDEO: CDC Director Urges Hospitals to 'Think Ebola'

October 13, 2014

VIDEO: CDC Director Urges Hospitals to 'Think Ebola'
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden is urging hospitals to diligently watch for patients with fever or symptoms of Ebola who have traveled from the three Ebola-stricken African nations in the past 21 days (AP)

October 12th

Pre-K Counts funding two local programs

October 12, 2014

St. Marys Area School District will soon offer two pre-kindergarten programs as a result of $9.8 million in early education funding released by Governor Tom Corbett.
South St. Marys Street and Fox Township Elementary schools will host the classes, with 17 students each.
The programs will be offered through Cen-Clear Child Services, Inc., based in Philipsburg, which received $265,472 in funding.
Pre-K Counts is a program which provides families with pre-kindergarten educational program choices offered in a school, child care center, Head Start or nursery school.

October 10th

Title 1 tutors wages, hours reviewed by school board

October 10, 2014

The wages and hours of Title 1 tutors was brought to the attention of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors during their latest workshop.
"Somewhere between cafeteria monitors and custodians are Title 1 tutors and it just seems to me that's out of balance," said Matt Quesenberry, school board member. "I was just curious how it is that we arrived at that per hour wage and if we feel that's compatible with the responsibilities that we expect of those people."
Currently custodians wages start at $10/hour whereas tutors make $9/hour

St. Marys pumpkin enters giant competition

October 10, 2014

ST. MARYS – Jeff Beimel, an engineer from St. Marys, tried his hand at being a farmer when he set out to grow a giant pumpkin that he would be able to enter into an annual competition for giant pumpkins in Altoona.
This year, Beimel was able to fulfill his goal after he grew a pumpkin large enough to enter into the competition in just his second year attempting to do so.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, Beimel, his pumpkin and multiple members of "Team Beimel" traveled to Altoona to have the pumpkin weighed at the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Association's annual weigh-in.

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