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September 12th, 2011
At Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area School Board, principals from the area's elementary, middle, and high schools declared the 2011- 2012 school year off to a good start. Christine Kuhar, principal at Bennetts Valley and Fox Township Elementary schools, said the numbers are holding steady, with 123 students at Bennetts Valley and 209 students at Fox Township.
Robert Grumley, principal of South St. Marys Street Elementary School, said the school has 99 new kindergarten students and 27 new students and transfers.
Community members gathered on Sunday evening inside the First United Methodist Church hall in St. Marys for the "Community 9-11 Memorial Service."
The event was hosted by the St. Marys Area Ministerial Association to commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11.
The service began at 6 p.m. with an introduction and opening prayer by Chris Kindle, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, followed by the singing of the national anthem by Alexis Cunningham.
Each attendee received a small booklet entitled, "Never Forget Hope."
Photo by Amy Cherry
Area elementary schools held special programs to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
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.