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May 18th, 2012
Deb Wensel literally followed in her husbandâ€™s footsteps when she began her Kane teaching career in 1984.
Craig Wenselâ€™s shift to the high school that year left an opening for a math teacher at the middle school. His wife, Deb gave up her post-college role as a â€śstay-at-home momâ€ť to fill the vacancy.
â€śI inherited his job,â€ť Wensel joked as she reflected on a 28-year teaching career that will end in the three weeks with her retirement.
WEEDVILLE - With the Act 13 impact fee legislation for gas and oil drilling signed into law in February, municipalities like Jay Twp. which stand to collect revenue under the legislation, are still sorting out what will be done with the funds and how much they can expect to receive. The disbursement of potential impact fee revenue and which municipal bodies would benefit was a topic of discussion at Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors.
Fifth grade students from throughout Elk County recently participated in the Progressive Agriculture Safety Days, a nationwide program geared toward teaching youth about safety issues dealing with agriculture, community, home and other topics.
RIDGWAY - At Monday's meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force, Ridgway Borough Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki said a new website launched by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) will help support regional economic efforts by bringing together area businesses with companies in the Marcellus Shale industry.
Members of the T-Bones Off Road Club are planning their third annual "Go Topless Litter Pickin' Jeep Ride" scheduled for Saturday, May 19.
"We will be meeting at Sandy Beach in Ridgway at 9 a.m. with the cleanup to begin at 10 a.m.," said Kellie Mocik, one of the event's organizers. "The public is invited to attend and there is no fee to volunteer, and donations will be collected for the Elk County Humane Society.
"They can always use towels, blankets, toys for the shelter animals, rubber gloves, air fresheners, paper towels, Dawn dish soap and monetary donations are always appreciated."
A new child care center opening in St. Marys will offer Elk County parents another quality option for their childrenâ€™s needs.
A Step Ahead Child Center is located at the Elcam, Inc. building at 189 West Creek Rd. The 4,491-square-foot facility boasts separate areas for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children, and is designed to help them develop learning skills through play and a defined curriculum developed by Director Naomi A. Tucker and her staff. Every facet of the new facility was labored over during months of planning, even down to the name, according to Tucker.
At Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area Board of School Directors, the board approved a number of new personnel items on the agenda.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation.
The following professional resignations were accepted: Nancy DaMore, of St. Marys, as librarian-SMAMS, effective June 1, 2012.
The following professional personnel transfers were approved: Tiffany Gump, of St. Marys, from part-time to full-time teacher, effective Aug. 22, 3012.
ST. MARYS - Students from both Elk and Cameron counties competed in the Special Olympics track and field meet held at Dutch Country Stadium on Tuesday.
Event organizers Nancy Hoffman, life skills teacher at St. Marys Area High School, and Angie Sorg, physical therapist for Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9, which services Elk, McKean, and Potter counties, said the event is an opportunity for many special needs children and adults to have "their moment to shine."
Property taxes will not be raised for residents of the St. Marys Area School District for the 2012 - 2013 fiscal year, according to SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney.
At Thursday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors, Kearney said the district will be able to continue reducing property taxes for the 2012-2013 school year as a result of the distribution of state gaming funds through the Taxpayer Relief Act, also known as Special Session Act 1 of 2006.
In an effort to bridge the gap between school and career preparation, the St. Marys Area High School continues to offer a unique opportunity as part of its Technical Preparation Career Center, which allows students to utilize cooperative education through the Co-op School-to-Career program.
Recently, both students and participating employers were recognized for their efforts during the schoolâ€™s annual Co-Op School-To-Work banquet held at the Red Fern.