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October 6th, 2011
At Monday's workshop meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's board of directors, the 2010-2011 PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessments) results were discussed and, in looking forward, means of ensuring continued success and future improvements were considered.
Joseph Collins, SMASD director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, presented the results to the board and assembled administrators. He said 75 percent of students in the St. Marys Area School District (SMASD) were shown to be proficient or advanced in reading and 84 percent in math.
October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and in celebration of the occasion, the Elk County Humane Society is inviting prospective pet owners to visit them this month and consider what an adopted dog could bring to their lives.
In addition, from Oct. 10 through 29, the Humane Society will be lowering the adoption fees for dogs who have been with the shelter for six months or longer, to increase the chances of their finding a home.
Among the business items approved by City Council during Monday's worksession was the sale of three St. Marys City Police Department vehicles.
City Manager Dave Greene said the sale was conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m at City Hall. The bids were advertised on Sept. 12 and 16.
The following were the highest bidders: car number one was awarded to Chicago Motors of Chicago, Ill., for a bid of $807; car number two was awarded to Eric Groll of Parkview Road for $915; and car number three was awarded to Ted Garner for $1,257.
A string of layoffs at the Penn State Cooperative Extension office have had officials revamping the program.
"We went through a series of layoffs, so with those layoffs that requires some changes," said Don Tanner, an official from the Penn State Cooperative Extension office who on Tuesday attended an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting. "Among those changes includes Elk County, and several individuals were let go-- we let go of 20-plus field staff in September and more reductions will be coming shortly."
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved two ordinances regarding downtown parking and speed limit changes during their worksession held Monday evening.
Under Ordinance No. 266, speed limits will be reduced from the existing 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour from Railroad Street downtown and up S. St. Marys Street to Vine Road.
Also part of the ordinance is a speed limit decrease from 40 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour from Vine Road to the entrance of St. Marys Area High School. From the high school to Fox Township, the speed limit increases to 40 miles per hour.
With the United States Postal Service looking to downsize its operations in an attempt to close a nearly $9 billion deficit, residents of Dagus Mines are being faced with the possibility of having their local post office shuttered. In a public forum at the Fox Township Senior Center on Monday night, residents met with representatives from the United States Postal Service (USPS) to discuss the future of the town's mail service.
Community and Economic Development Coordinator Tina Gradizzi received approval from St. Marys City Council to submit a modification of the city's 2010 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) budget in order to cover demolition costs for the former Mullaney Shoe store, located at 43 N. St. Marys Street.
The modification includes requesting $80,000 to fund demolition and clearance costs for the project.
The members of the Elk County Catholic High School Crusader Marching Band are sporting a new look this season as they showcase their new uniforms during their halftime performances at football games and during competitions.
As part of this year's halftime show, the band is channeling the spirit of Elvis Presley, performing a familiar medley of melodies: "Burning Love/C.C. Rider," "Hound Dog/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender" and "Can't Help Falling In Love."
The St. Marys Area High School Marching Dutchmen are bringing ancient mythology to life during their 2011 halftime show, entitled "Rise of the Phoenix."
The band is under new director Adam Brooks, who has taken over the reins from former director Chris Gankosky.
Among the band's repertoire this year are pieces that including "Sunrise at Angel's Gate," "Flight of the Thunderbird," "Phoenix Lullaby" -- all written and arranged by Shawn Halquist-- and "Moto Perpetuo," written by Key Poulan.
Widely circulating emails warning readers of new tactics being utilized to lure susceptible motorists out of their vehicles are unsubstantiated, according to several sources.
One such email says that gang members are attempting to prey on good Samaritans by placing a child's car seat with a "fake baby in it," or "bloodied blanket draped over it," on the roadside. It goes on to read that, "When you get out of your vehicle in an attempt to help, the gangs jump out of the cornfields or bushes."
The email cautions readers not to get out of their cars and to instead call the police.