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November 14th, 2011
Public schools across the nation, including those in the St. Marys Area School District, are planning a variety of activities this week in celebration of "American Education Week" (AEW) taking place from Nov. 13-19.
Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), American Education Week is "Celebrating 90 Years of Public Education" as its 2011 theme.
ST. MARYS - Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) presented awards to individuals who have contributed to the arts in Elk County at the organizationâs annual gala Saturday evening. The Monte Carlo-themed event was held at the Diamond View Restaurant in St. Marys.
Abbi Peters, ECCOTA executive director, said this is the first year the awards have been presented. Titled âHeart in the Arts,â the awards were founded based on ECCOTAâs mission statement and were designed to âhonor organizations and individuals for providing experience, opportunity and support.â
ST. MARYS - While Elk County was not spared by the national housing crisis, local realtors say that comparatively it has fared better than other parts of the country. While certain realtors cite an increase in sales in recent years and others a drop, there is a general consensus that property values in the area have depreciated, resulting in the confluence of a buyer-oriented market.
According to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales nationwide declined in September, but activity has increased since this time last year.
RIDGWAY - The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution for their solicitor to file a Notice of Intervention concerning a tax assessment appeal filed by Metaldyne Sintered Products currently pending in the Court of Common Pleas.
According to finance manager Brent Rhoads, Metaldyne appealed their tax assessment concerning both the Ridgway and St. Marys properties.
Rhoads said their appraisal could mean a loss to the school district of about $30,000 per year.
Rhoads said the Board of Appeals has rejected their appeal against Elk County.
Members of American Legion Post 103 held their annual Veterans Day Banquet at the Bavarian Hills on Saturday evening. According to Victor Straub, master of ceremonies for the event, 67 people were in attendance at this year's event. Straub also noted that the event was Post 103's 65th consecutive annual Veterans Day banquet.
Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) served as the guest speaker at American Legion Post 103's annual Veterans Day banquet on Saturday evening at Bavarian Hills.
After reflecting upon the history of Veterans Day, Gabler remarked that the event served as a time "to stop and reflect on how thankful we all are as a nation for the sacrifices that are made to enable us to live as we do as Americans each and every day."
Gabler noted that he originally tried to come up with something 'unique' or 'profound' for the occasion, but then realize this was not what was needed.
STATE COLLEGE âÂ It's been a tough week for Penn State fans, and an even harder week for the students currently attending PSU's Main Campus in State College. With a national scandal unfolding around their university, these students have faced the challenge of staying focused on their studies while trying to make sense of the events that occurred throughout the week.
Several students from the St. Marys area are currently enrolled at the school, and a few were willing to share their views of what the atmosphere has been like on campus.
Donations of new sweaters, hats and mittens are being collected for the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive taking place in the area from Nov. 16 to Dec. 9.
As part of the event, hosted by Dickinson Center, Inc.'s Children's Prevention Services, numerous donation boxes have been placed throughout St. Marys. Locations include Giant Eagle, Marienstadt Center, Apollo Theatre, Mountain Laurel Federal Credit Union, St. Marys Public Library and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as Dickinson Center at 110 Lincoln St. in Ridgway.
City Council approved to reject all snow removal bids during their Monday evening worksession. The bids were for work on the parking garage and four city parking lots located on Depot, Brusselles, Market and N. St. Marys streets.
Bids submitted were from Denny Anders Excavating in the amount of $58,600, Krug Contracting totaling $138,200 and Kevin Auman Land Improvement Services totaling $416,000.
At Thursday's workshop of the St. Marys Area School District Board, Superintendent Ann Kearney in written comments congratulated SMAHS students Adair Gennocro, who took third place in the PIAA Cross Country Finals' 5K race; and Liz Dollinger, who was accepted into the U.S. Marine Corps Band. Dollinger will now be headed for basic training at Parris Island, S.C. Kearney said that this marks the first time a St. Marys student has been a part of the band.