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May 14th, 2012
Participants in this year's middle school World Studies Club's field trip to Wallops Island spoke before the St. Marys Area School Board of Directors at their recent meeting about the importance and positive impact of the annual outing.
SMAMS Guidance Counselor Kate McGonnell began by showing the board members a slide show of photos taken during the trip.
"The school board needs to see what happens on this trip because you approve it," she said.
St. Marys City Council recently approved a hazard mitigation plan, making the city eligible for emergency funding if the area should encounter a natural or manmade disaster.
"In the event there would be a natural disaster in St. Marys, in order for the city to be eligible for PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency) or FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funds, the city has to have this ordinance/resolution in place," explained St. Marys City Manager Dave Greene. "If a disaster was declared, no matter what type, the city will be eligible for funding."
Market Street in downtown St. Marys was transformed into a dragstrip Saturday, with modified outhouses hurtling from one end to the other all as part of a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis (MS).
The third annual "Kick the Crap out of MS Outrageous Outhouse Race" saw seven teams competing. Cheered on by the throng of onlookers, the teams raced their mobile commodes two at a time from the north end of the street down to the checkered flag. This year's grand champion team was the "Thirsty Thursday Crew" made up of Bill McMillan, Justin Brem, and Luke Fritz.
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors voted against participating in a co-op swimming program with the St. Marys Area School District during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien said even though the board did not reach an agreement Tuesday night they will continue to work toward instituting a co-op program.
Chapter Championships proved to be a successful endeavor for the 2012 indoor performance groups from Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area high schools. A standing-room-only crowd gathered inside the SMA gymnasium and witnessed both the ECC and SMA colorguards finish their regular season undefeated and be crowned Chapter 11 Champions. Also named Chapter Champs were the SMA dance team and drumline as well as the ECC drumline, which brought home a close second-place finish.
Forty-two groups of percussion, colorguard, dance and baton twirlers competed in the 2012 championships.
At Thursday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors, board members approved a resolution declaring their support for legislation and legislative reform measures that would ease financial burdens and constraints placed on school districts statewide.
ST. MARYS - Many people dream of someone special they would like to meetâ€”a celebrity, a mentor, or a figure known the world over. St. Marys residents Mary and Jake Meyer realized that dream when they recently met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Rome.
ST. MARYS â€“ Doctors and staff welcomed area residents to the new St. Marys location of the Laurel Eye Clinic at a grand opening held Thursday afternoon.
The clinic, housed in the Canadensis Building at 241 Depot St. in downtown St. Marys, is now accepting patients and offers routine family eye care, cataract evaluations, glaucoma management, macular degeneration management and free LASIK consultations.
The facility's eye-care specialists are Daniel L. Amsler, OD, Janice D. Dunkle, OD, and ophthalmologist Parag D. Parekh, MD, MPA.
ST. MARYS - The SMASD Board of Directors voted to approve a tentative budget at Thursday's meeting.
As is customary, the budget will be subject to review for a 30-day period before it is put to a final vote at next month's meeting. The preliminary budget includes a total of $24,339,949 in expenditures.
Superintendent Ann Kearney said that in preparing the budget, consideration is paid to various components which include faculty, enrollment, revenue, and expenditures, but also whether "our program is working."
ST. MARYS - In recognizing National Women's Health Week taking place May 13-19, Curves of St. Marys has planned a full slate of events featuring healthcare services during National Curves Day on May 17.
Festivities will kick off this Saturday with a rummage and bake sale at Curves, located inside the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Team Curves Purple Power, the gym's American Cancer Society's Relay for Life team. The sale is being organized by Curves members Mary Hunt, Betty Polaski and Barb Orsich.