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March 9th, 2012
ST. MARYS - A new service offered by Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) will help people with disabilities gain valuable work experience and give them an insight into different careers.
Seniors residing in St. Marys are encouraged to apply for the newly established Gloria Jean McAllister Kneidel and Patrick Charles Jessup postsecondary scholarship.
The fund is being established by Eileen Kneidel Miller, daughter of the late Gloria Jean McAllister Kneidel.
"The scholarship was established because I wanted the most important person in my life, my mom, remembered. She was a wonderful woman and loved by so many. Also for my daughter Alyssa's favorite cousin to be remembered because she thinks of him very often," Kneidel said.
At 2 a.m. on Sunday March, 11, daylight saving time begins for 2012, with clocks springing forward and many Americans finding themselves deprived of an hour of sleep and noticing a darker sky on their Monday morning commute.
Dickinson Center's annual campaign for the Autism Awareness Charity Ball is once again under way. The campaign kicked off, last week with the group receiving a $1,000 donation from representatives of Northwest Savings Bank.
The 2012 charity event is scheduled to be held on June 15 at The Red Fern from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. This year's Autism Awareness Charity Ball will feature a performance by Jack Garrett and The Swingin' Starz.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority wants to be part of the emerging market for recycling PET thermoform plastic and is currently looking into participating in a grant project that would result in them collecting the material and shipping it to a more high-tech facility across the state.
Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner recently explained that the authority has the potential to be part of a $25,000 grant that the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center received in hopes of developing a successful collection program for this type of plastic.
Money received from a fire escrow on the Dimitri building, owned by Floyd Howell, was returned to the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) after it was not utilized in the demolition of the building, stated City Manager Dave Greene during Monday's City Council meeting.
Greene explained the city was recently informed by its auditors that because the city used Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) money on the project, any money that came from the project can be considered program income.
With the first round of the Pennsylvania School System Assessment exams (PSSAs) to begin next week, Superintendent Ann Kearney at Thursday's workshop meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors discussed what the district has done to do prepare students for the exams, as well as what parents can do come test time.
"We ask parents to make sure their children get a good night's sleep, a good breakfast and are here in school...it is so important for them to be here on the day of the assessment," Kearney said.
City of St. Marys Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coordinator Tina Gradizzi conducted a second and final public hearing during Monday's City Council meeting.
The city's 2012 entitlement is $300,000, of which the city will utilize $246,000 for water, sewer and road improvements. The remaining $54,000, or 18 percent, is being alloted for administration costs.
According to Gradizzi, the first streets on the list for repairs are Mertz Avenue, then Charles and George streets.
The Fox Township Supervisors recently met with representatives of the St. Marys Television Company to discuss service issues which were relayed to them by a number of township residents/subscribers. Supervisor Dave Mattiuz reported the results of that meeting during Wednesday evening's monthly supervisors' meeting.
"The biggest thing is calling in after hours. There was no one available to speak to," Mattiuz said. "This problem was supposedly solved as of 5 p.m. tonight."
Several branches of Northwest Savings Bank are supporting Elk County Relay for Life by holding a basket fundraiser.