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September 11th, 2011
In speaking with area residents about the impact Sept. 11, 2001 had on their personal lives, outlooks, and relationships, it became evident that the events of that day have not faded from memory and still continue to exert a dramatic influence on the American consciousness.
Recently a group of 30 motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout the area embarked on America's 9/11 Ride, a project organized by America's 911 Foundation, Inc., which visited each of the crash sites in Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York City as part of a 1,000-mile journey.
Julie and Jeff Smith of St. Marys acted as the local location hosts, having traveled with the memorial ride in 2008. Jeff has been a member of the Crystal Fire Department since 1980, having served as a firefighter, driver, EMT and chairman of the board.
On Monday, St. Marys residents and visitors will be able to begin utilizing the new parking garage, located on Depot Street in downtown St. Marys.
The City of St. Marys is offering 30 days of free parking inside the two-story, 189-stall garage, which took approximately one year to complete.
Although the garage is open, the Area Transportation Authority's (ATA) portion of the facility, located on the first level, remains unfinished. City of St. Marys Manager Dave Greene said they expect the ATA portion to open by the end of this year.
The decade since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 has brought a number of changes to nearly every facet of Americans' lives. While these changes have been both good and bad, one area organization that has had a positive change is the City of St. Marys Police Department (SMPD).
According to SMPD Chief Todd Caltagarone, police training has been steadily improving over the past several years.
The Ridgway Main Street Program, Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce and the Elk County Council on the Arts [ECCOTA] are teaming up once again to coordinate for this year's The Flavors of Fall festival and the Art on the Edge Trail event.
Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki is reaching out to food and craft vendors for this year's festival, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vendors will receive a 10x10-foot spot on the courthouse lawn. Bogacki is also in search of musical acts to perform at the courthouse gazebo.
At Thursday night's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors, the board took time to honor newly retired teachers, as well as introduce and welcome some new faculty and staff members. Board President Joseph Goetz presented the group with plaques commemorating their service and tenure. Recipients were: Patricia Hamblin, Marcy Holland, Susan McDonough, Margaret Miller, Karen Moyer, George Neubert, Benita Taylor, Debbie Gschwendtner, Paula Braun and Jay Moore.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Reynoldsville woman faces two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges after she allegedly fired about six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judge's office Thursday.
One of the shots struck her husband's car, while another struck a private residence along Pleasant Alley, police said.
During Thursday evening's Fox Township Supervisors meeting, the board discussed the possibility of entering into an inter-municipal agreement with Jay Township for Sewage Enforcement Office and building code inspector services.
Jay Twp. recently proposed the request to Fox Twp.
Supervisor Dave Mattiuz noted his disapproval of the idea, stating Fox Twp.'s Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) Robin Singer maintains a busy schedule with his work within the township.
Supervisor and Public Works Director Randy Gradizzi said he is not completely opposed to the idea.
September marks Suicide Awareness Month, and Dickinson Center, Inc.'s Children's Prevention Services is conducting several events through its Signs of Suicide Program (SOS) in an effort to promote community awareness of the issue.
Recently Jennifer Dippold, director of Children's Prevention Services; Tracey Meyers, SOS program supervisor for Elk County; and City of St. Marys Police Chief Todd Caltagarone met with St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney to discuss offering the "Protecting Kids Online" (PKO) program within the public schools this year.
Students in the newly formed Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS) are also sporting a new look this school year, with uniforms being phased in that are designed to better reflect the unity of the system as a whole.