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December 15th

Ornaments add unique character to Christmas tree at Elk Country Visitor Center

December 16, 2011

BENEZETTE – With Christmas less than two weeks away, holiday cheer is evident throughout the community, and at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. The center has had its Christmas tree on display since late November and is once again looking for ornaments to decorate it.
According to Carla Wehler, Elk Country Visitor Center Operations Manager, the tree is bigger than last year's and was selected by staff members Brandi Hanes, Jean Germer, and Scott Rhodes.

Santa Claus is coming to town

December 15, 2011

Photo by Amy Cherry
This Washington Street home is ready for the holidays with a front-yard display featuring a packed Santa's sleigh being pulled by two reindeer, snowmen relaxing on the porch and a Christmas tree in the front window.

December 14th

Charges filed in Gardner Hill Church incident

December 15, 2011

WEEDVILLE. – On the morning of Oct. 26, it was discovered that the Gardner Hill Community Church in Weedville had been vandalized overnight. During that incident, a table and stereo were taken and a dead deer was left inside the church. The incident was subsequently investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Game Commission and charges were filed against five individuals through District Judge Wilhelm's office on Dec. 12.

Vouchers bill brings 'turf war' debates

December 15, 2011

An email and text message alert sent out by the St. Marys Area School District (SMASD) through its automated emergency text/email notification system informing recipients of the "attempt to pass voucher charter school expansion legislation next week" and instructing them to contact their legislators and "tell them to vote no on vouchers" has come under fire for what some perceive as misuse of a public address system intended for emergency purposes only.

Fox Twp. informed of landfill sale

December 15, 2011

During the recent Fox Township Supervisors meeting, supervisors said the township was recently made aware through a letter that Veolia Environment in France, owner of the Greentree Landfill, will be ceasing operations of its solid waste business in North America.
Veolia's board of directors approved the decision and the company will be actively moving forward with finding an appropriate buyer for Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc.

December 13th

Fox supervisors approve 2012 budget, no tax increase

December 14, 2011

The Fox Township Supervisors approved the 2012 proposed budget with no tax increase. The budget includes $2.39 million in expenses from all funds.
No comments were received about the budget, which has been available for public review since November.
Under new business, the supervisors approved a resolution delegating authority for the collection of the Occupational Privilege Tax. This tax rate is $10 for area residents, with $5 going to the St. Marys Area School District and the remaining $5 staying in the township.

Charity Pub Crawl grand finale Dec. 16

December 14, 2011

ST. MARYS - After 10 previous stops throughout the year and an enthusiastic following of more than 500 participants, the grand finale of the yearlong Straub Brewery Charity Pub Crawl is set for 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at The Hills Restaurant in St. Marys.
The grand finale, expected to be the biggest stop yet, will mark the first time in Straub Brewery's 140-year history that the famed "Eternal Tap" will symbolically be taken on the road, where it will be creatively represented at The Hills.

Historical society restores stations of the cross

December 14, 2011

In addition to collecting and cataloguing items related to the history of the area, the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township also undertakes efforts to preserve and restore items that have a particular historical significance.
This effort started a few years ago when the society began to look for a way to repair a large three-foot by five-foot hand-drawn image of St. Marys and Benzinger Township that a resident had found in his attic and given to Charlie Schaut. The image, according to Bill Bauer, was in "lousy shape" when it was given to Schaut in 1964.

December 12th

Historical Society holds 49th annual banquet

December 12, 2011

The Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township held its 49th annual banquet on Sunday evening at the Diamond View Restaurant to commemorate the founding of Sancta Marienstadt on Dec. 8, 1842.
President and Emcee Bill Conrad opened the evening's program by asking attendees to observe a moment of silence for two recently departed board members, Jim Auman and Andrew Kaul.

Kentucky families benefit from area donations

December 12, 2011

Over 50 residents of Beattyville, Ky. benefitted from this year's "Christmas in Kentucky" program spearheaded by local teacher Laura Kuntz of St. Marys.
"It always amazes me how generous this community is, in spite of our own financial difficulties. I have done this for 16 years and it is still going strong," Kuntz said.
With what Kuntz called the "tremendous" support of the St. Marys area, "wish list" items were purchased for six families, with 50 additional individuals receiving Christmas gifts due to the kindness of local residents.

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