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February 7th, 2012
Members of the boys' and girls' swim and dive teams at the St. Marys Area High School are not only good in the water, but they are good at raising funds for organizations in need as well.
Swim team members held a collection at their first home meet of the season on Monday, Jan. 23 against Clearfield to obtain items for the Elk County Humane Society. Individuals who brought in items were eligible to receive a discount on the cost of admission to that evening's swim meet.
In a 4-3 decision, the St. Marys Vacancy Board voted to advertise for candidates for the empty City Council position as opposed to appointing Tom Farley, the fourth-place candidate in the November 2011 general election.
The board met on Monday evening following the City Council workshop. Those casting votes to advertise the position were council members Greg Gebauer, Nedward Jacob, Mayor Sally Geyer and Vacancy Board Chairman Bob Ordiway. Councilmen Dick Dornisch, Bob Roberts and Dan Hepner cast opposing votes.
As February begins, typical winter weather conditions and a higher-than-normal amount of people with colds and other lingering illnesses have contributed to a shortage in the region's blood supply.
On Saturday morning WPSU visited the St. Marys Public Library to kick off the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, geared toward kindergarten through third grade students.
"Itâ€™s a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of childrenâ€™s reading skills through hands-on, active learning," said Bianca Barr, Penn State Outreach Marketing and Communications.
Penn State Public Broadcasting has partnered with WQED in Pittsburgh and West Virginia Public Broadcasting to offer this contest to children across Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gov. Tom Corbett professed his early spring preferences just prior to Punxsutawney Phil's 126th annual prognostication early Thursday morning at Gobbler's Knob, but as history has shown, the Seer of Seer relies on nothing else except than his own instinct.
The result, as read by Vice President Mike Johnston: "As I look at the crowd of Gobbler's Knob, many shadows do I see; so six more weeks of winter it must be."
When asked if he was pleased with Punxsy Phil's prognostication, Corbett replied, "No. Now we've got to get PennDOT ready."
Veolia Greentree Landfill Manager Don Heinrichs was not able to attend Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, but Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner provided a report on his behalf.
Being able to touch Abraham Lincoln's Bible used during presidential inaugurations or reading an authentic journal of a Civil War soldier were just two things St. Marys Area Middle School teacher Cherri Gigliotti never imagined were possible until she attended the Library of Congress Summer Teachers Institute.
As part of the five-day institute held in Washington, D.C. throughout the summer, participants are permitted an all-access pass to the Library of Congress' vast archives.
RIDGWAY - At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, the authority reorganized for 2012. After the meeting began, the members immediately went into executive session to discuss personnel matters, with no official action taken.
Russ Braun was reappointed as chairman of the authority, Robin Dubler as vice-chair and John Moran as secretary. Jim DeVittorio will continue as the authority's solicitor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite being born in the Philadelphia area, Gov. Tom Corbett insists he is a western Pennsylvania man by heart who has observed Groundhog Day since he was a child.
"When I was young, we had only three TV stations, and one of them we couldn't get â€” not in North Hills," said Corbett, the second sitting Pennsylvania governor to attend Groundhog Day. "We always hope for more winter and snow so we could play outside."
While the logging industry has played a pivotal role in the Commonwealth's economic development and prosperity, with the housing market down and lumber prices falling local loggers like Shawn Sheeley of 4S Logging and Lumber, Inc. of Kersey have had to find additional ways of making ends meet.
The focus of Sheeley's business has shifted from lumber sales to more of the land-clearing services needed in a range of projects, from abandoned mine reclamation to natural gas well site construction.