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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.

Demolition Day

December 12, 2011

Demolition of the the former Mullaney building at the corner of Center and North St. Marys streets began on Monday morning, with workers removing bricks and roofing by hand so as not to endanger any adjacent buildings or utilities before moving in with a crane to pull down the north-facing facade.

Landmark building burns down in Saturday blaze

December 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sunday, Ken and Toie Neal began the rest of their lives without the Hotel Punxsutawney, which has been a part of their lives since 1973.
“Today was the first day (Ken) didn't get up, get a shower and say, 'I'm going to the Hotel;' that was his life,” Toie said Sunday night. “We wonder where the guys will go for lunch. His brother (Gubby) said, 'I told my wife (Candy), she'll have to start packing my lunch.'

December 11th

Wreaths pay tribute to area veterans

December 11, 2011

In what has become an annual event, wreaths purchased by area residents are being laid on graves of veterans at the St. Mary’s Catholic and Protestant cemeteries to honor their military service throughout the holiday season.
Area residents gathered at a noon ceremony Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in preparation for the wreath-laying. The St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail posted the colors and the assembly recited the Pledge of Allegiance and observed a moment of silence prior to remarks given by Father Eric Vogt, OSB, who spoke about the purpose of the event.

Tractor Supply raises money to benefit area 4-H

December 11, 2011

ST. MARYS - Tractor Supply Co. in St. Marys, known as store #107, was third in the state for collecting the most money through the charitable Paper Clover program, the proceeds of which benefit 4-H. A certificate signed by Donald T. Floyd, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council, was presented to store employees, as well as a ribbon designating its top status in its Region 5 division for the fall 2011 campaign. The store collects money nationally each year to fund 4-H programs and activities.

December 9th

SMASD superintendent speaks out against voucher legislation

December 10, 2011

During Thursday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors, Superintendent Ann Kearney expressed her opposition to a school voucher bill now before the Pa. House of Representatives and urged taxpayers to contact their representatives and express their disapproval of the legislation, which she said "could bankrupt local school districts."

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