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March 14th, 2011
On Monday evening, local resident Marilyn Secco questioned members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors for a second time regarding the playing of the national anthem at various school district-sponsored events, including athletics.
Secco initially aired her concern on the issue at a January school board meeting. At that time, she questioned why the national anthem was not played during junior high and elementary sporting events, stating she believed it should be played at all grade level events in order to provide a learning opportunity for students.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues during Monday's regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 clearance documentation.
Resignations were approved for Connie Timashenka of St. Marys, as the Supervisor of Special Education, effective April 1, 2011; Kenneth Vogt of St. Marys as a tutor at St. Marys Area Middle School, effective March 11, 2011; and Dorothy Weichman of St. Marys as a classroom aide at South St. Marys Street Elementary, effective June 3, 2011.
While many area residents may be wondering when the early spring predicted by Punxsutawney Phil is going to arrive, almost 200 area women were able to beat the winter blues on Sunday afternoon as they gathered in the cafeteria at Elk County Catholic High School for the ninth annual Women's Winterfest.
Women's Winterfest Chairperson Chrissie Schneider indicated that approximately 180 women were at this year's event, which also featured nine differently themed tables hosted by an individual or group.
Event organizer Sue Shick and others are preparing for the Third Annual Preparedness Fair, scheduled for Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1159 Shelvey Summit Rd.
The opening speaker this year is Oak Norton, who served in the U.S. Army and Air Force for 24 years as an intelligence officer.
As an extension of the Christmas in Kentucky program, Laura Kuntz of St. Marys is requesting any donations of prom gowns, wedding dresses and accessories to distribute to needy girls in poverty-stricken Beatyville, KY.
"I used to hear of high school girls that wanted to attend the prom but couldn't afford a dress to go, so I would make purchases here and send them down," said Kuntz, a kindergarten teacher at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School. "The need became so overwhelming that I began the gown collection."
Elk Regional Health Center celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art Women's Imaging Center during an open house held Thursday afternoon.
An assortment of services is offered inside the suite, including digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound and DEXA highly accurate painless bone density scans.
A professional and social organization for area nurses is looking for new members. The St. Marys Nurses Study Club has been in existence since 1940, and is comprised of active and retired nurses who are or have been employed by local hospitals, doctor's offices, home health services, nursing homes, state health services, the Peace Corps, schools and other organizations.
"The object of the club is to promote interest in the study of medical topics and nursing problems and to provide social entertainment and recreation for members of the group," said current club president Bev Rucki.
Crystal Fire Department Fire Chief Bill Kraus recently released the 2010 Annual Fire Report for the City of St. Marys and provided the information to members of city council earlier this week.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney reviewed the district's anticipated expenditures for the 2011-12 school year during Monday's school board workshop.
Kearney noted that after reviewing the governor's proposed budget on Tuesday, she was unhappy with the figures; however, she emphasized St. Marys Area School District is right on target with its proposed budget. For 2011-12, the district projects that its expenditures will total $23.3 million.
The city's Shade Tree Commission is moving ahead with the tree replacement project on the Diamond in downtown St. Marys. Two large trees located there, a Norway maple and a Red maple, were removed earlier this week due to safety reasons. The commission has selected a Bloodgood London Plane and a Red Sunset Red maple to replace the trees that were removed.
According to Clythera Hornung, secretary/treasurer of the Shade Tree Commission, the Bloodgood London Plane is a hybrid of the American sycamore and Oriental planetree, and is well-suited to a location like the Diamond.