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June 9th, 2014
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."
St. Marys City Council adopted two resolutions to apply for grant funding for a $20,000 study of the Elk Creek Park and $50,000 for a facade program. Both are administered through the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
The requests were submitted by Tina Gradizzi, St. Marys Community and Economic Development coordinator. She explained the details of each grant during a recent council meeting.
This summer will see numerous projects within several buildings in the St. Marys Area School District.
At the high school a new fire alarm system will be installed. On May 30 five bids were reviewed for the project ranging in cost from $115,500 to $158,000. The lowest bid was submitted by Hallstrom-Clark Electric Inc. of DuBois. KTH Architects out of DuBois is reviewing the bid and will provide the contractor with the notice to proceed.
Work at the South St. Marys Street Elementary School (SSMSE) Kelly Gym began on June 2. To date wall padding, lights, and the old ceiling have been removed.
The office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett released a statement early Friday indicating that Elk County and surrounding counties will be eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans following a flood disaster May 21.
Per SBA guidelines, citizens and business owners in Elk County, as well as the neighboring counties of Cameron, Clearfield, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Warren, may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.
Members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors continued discussion on the next step to take on their search for a new superintendent during their Thursday evening workshop.
Board member Pat Rezmerski introduced a motion to list Josh Williams on the agenda for the board's Monday regular meeting to be hired as superintendent.
Business Manager Cindy Fingado stated Rezmerski's request was not possible because when electing a superintendent there are certain publication requirements in which a notice must be published five days in advance.
Several residents, City Council members and teachers were in attendance to show their support for the promotion of Josh Williams, current St. Marys Area High School principal, to superintendent during Thursday evening's St. Marys Area School District school board workshop.
Thomas Burdick voiced his disappointment in the school board for not hiring Williams as superintendent.
"As the remaining candidate for the job it all makes perfect sense to immediately take steps to secure Dr. Josh Williams as the superintendent for the St. Marys Area School District," Burdick said.
Firefighters, auxiliary members and area residents have been chipping in to clean up the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds following the May 21 flood that ravaged the area.
Water line stains on some of the structures at the grounds shows that the floodwaters were at least three to four feet high in some areas.
"You can just imagine how bad it was with the water line that high, everything was just flooded," said Keith Mader Jr., president of the Ridgway Fire Department.