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August 12th, 2012
With an eye on the upcoming school year, Thursday's workshop meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors included discussion of new developments within the district as the first day of the 2012 fall semester fast approaches.
Superintendent Ann Kearney announced that SMASD has received the Pennsylvania Department of Education's report which found "100 percent" of teachers in the district to be highly qualified and meeting the mandates for certified teachers in the previous school year.
For area residents looking to spruce up a hard-to-clean surface outside their home, newly established PA Power Washing is set to cater to many of their needs. The business was started by St. Marys resident Ryan Wehler in May and offers power washing services for surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, interior garages, brick pavers, sandstone, retaining walls, polywood decks, and vinyl railing and fences.
St. Marys resident Rodney Constable questioned members of St. Marys City Council about the diminishing size of the city's police department during the recent council meeting.
"A bulk of my concerns are a result of what I have seen or encountered within the past year or so. My main concern is for the safety of the citizens of St. Marys and for our city police officers," Constable said.
ST. MARYS â€“ The next birthday party or wedding you attend may not have the typical bunches of balloons present to mark the celebration-- a current shortage of helium means there may be nothing to fill them up with.
Local stores that sell helium balloons say suppliers have told them there is currently no new supply, and they may not be able to get more helium until mid-September or even beyond.
ST. MARYS - Citing mounting cafeteria debt, the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors held extensive discussions at Thursday's workshop meeting about the possibility of restricting student field trip participation for those students with excessive cafeteria debt.
Several requests for the use of recreational facilities were recently approved by the Fox Township Supervisors for events, including birthday parties and family reunions.
The supervisors passed a motion made by Supervisor Mike Keller which would give authority to Fox Twp. Recreation Facilities Director Debby Agosti to approve such future requests. Agosti would be responsible for providing a monthly report of the requests to the supervisors.
"This would make things more user-friendly," Keller said.
"It would make my life a lot easier," Agosti added.
A motion revising the city's engine brake ordinance was tabled on Monday evening during the St. Marys City Council meeting. Councilman Gary Anderson proposed several new changes to the city's current ordinance on the matter.
Anderson proposed the changes following a trip he took out West in which he noticed numerous unmuffled engine brake use prohibited signs.
KERSEY â€“ The Elk County Fair is featuring a new event this year, as a "street truck tire pull" event will debut at the fairgrounds in Kersey.
"I was at a fair in Albion [N.Y.] and people come off the streets with their pickup trucks and try to pull this weight behind them," said Merv Kemmer, fair manager.
In Albion, N.Y., the event was quite popular and Kemmer hopes to replicate that popularity in Kersey.
"They received a good turnout [in Albion]," Kemmer said. "We have large industrial tires [on the Al Dietz Memorial Track] and it's going to be a fun night to see how it works out."
Members of St. Marys City Council embarked on a heated debate on Monday evening regarding the placement of tobacco-free signs at area recreation parks.
The issue was discussed at a previous meeting following a resident's complaint about the signs to St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer. Geyer said council was unaware the signs were in place. City Manager Dave Greene said the St. Marys Recreation Board has the right to enact a policy to place the signs within local parks.
At 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, family, friends, classmates and fellow lifeguards of Michael Proudfit gathered at Memorial Park for the planting of a memorial tree in Proudfit's honor. Proudfit died following a car crash in February.
The tree, a Royal Raindrops Flowering Crab, was purchased with donations collected by Proudfit's classmates at Elk County Catholic High School.
Clythera Hornung, a member of the Shade Tree Commission who was on hand at the event, explained that this particular type of tree is coincidentally appropriate for Proudfit, given his love of pink.