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January 10th, 2012
At Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area Board of School Directors, the board approved several new personnel items.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation.
Resignations were accepted for the following: Molly Uberti of Force as tutor at Fox Township Elementary, effective January 6, 2012.
The following supplemental contract hires were approved: Andrew Yost as intramural assistant boys' basketball coach at a renewed rate of $331.
RIDGWAY - On Monday afternoon, Elk County President Judge Richard Masson handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole to Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.
Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors saw Steve Aul of St. Marys was sworn in as the district's Region 2 representative. He was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Jesse Azzato. Azzato was elected to the position in the November elections, but submitted a letter of resignation prior to assuming his role. The appointment remains effective until the next municipal election in November 2013.
ST. MARYS â€“ The River 98.9 will once again be hosting the Second Annual Polar Sweet Express event sponsored by Ridgway BiLo and Northwest Savings Bank.
CAPSEA [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse] Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant said the popular fundraising event is a one-stop shopping experience for all your Valentine's Day needs.
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys and will feature local vendors.
With the holiday season now behind us for another year, it is not unusual for people to feel a bit "down" as they transition back into their normal winter routines. While these feelings are sometimes mistaken for depression, this is not always the case.
Today is National Cut Your Energy Cost Awareness Day. With unseasonably warm temperatures heating up our winter, and the approaching backlash of this warmth, now is a perfect time to start cutting your energy costs.
Jay Burke from Burkes Ace Home Center is certified in heat loss and heat design. Burke said the three biggest problems with heat loss in the home are foundation problems, faulty or missing insulation, and drafts.
RIDGWAY - Workers in the Marcellus Shale industry and a local well fire department were on hand Saturday for a confined space entry and rescue training and certification program held at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds.
During the program, simulations and drills were held that practiced rescuing injured workers from a frack tank. An actual frack tank, a tank that is used to hold water used in the hydrofracturing process that extracts natural gas from shale formations deep beneath the earth's surface, was used as part of the activities.
Flutterbye is a support program created by the Community Nurses, Inc., to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.
The program reaches out to grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The support program meets monthly for meetings and yearly for a day camp. Because of a grant awarded by Women Who Care, the program will be extended to a two-day camp in the summer of 2012.
At last week's Fox Township Supervisors meeting, Supervisor and Public Works Director Randy Gradizzi provided details on the bid results for the timber sale on Toby Water property.
Twenty-two white oak trees were harvested for the sale, with the worth of the timber estimated at $57,000. A motion was approved by the supervisors to accept the top bid of $53,635 from Allegheny Wood Products.
Additional bids were submitted by Brownlee Lumber for $50,160; St. Marys Lumber for $48,788; Walker Lumber for $42,865; Matson Lumber for $38,401; and I.T. Lumber for $34,541.
During Thursday night's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors, Superintendent Ann Kearney presented information on the annual yearly progress report and explained how the district will adopt and meet new state standards and requirements related to curriculum and graduation.
"We are now transferring our instruction from the Pennsylvania standard [assessment] anchors that we were teaching to and now we're trying to transition over to the Keystone Exams," Kearney said.