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September 13th, 2011
Contractors replacing the sidewalk at the corner of Washington and Lafayette streets in St. Marys struck a gas line, causing it to rupture Tuesday morning. As a precaution, the fire department evacuated between 10 and 20 residents from Lafayette and Madison streets, as well as businesses in the vicinity, including Nicklas Insurance and County National Bank. The Elks Club was empty at the time.
Crystal Fire Department Fire Chief Bill Kraus said the call was received at 10:55 a.m.
Among items recently approved by the Fox Township Supervisors were a zoning ordinance and map amendments.
"The Planning Commission has made a tremendous effort and we applaud them for their work. The board appreciates their efforts," said Supervisor Chairman Mike Keller.
Rosa Rano expressed concern about vehicles speeding along a portion of SR 948 near her home located near Main Street in Kersey.
"It's not safe, especially with kids walking to the park," Rano said.
She added that trucks using their jake breaks also pose a disturbance.
At the recent meeting of the St. Marys Area Board of School Directors, the board approved several new personnel items.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation.
Professional personnel resignations were accepted for Theresa Dahl of St. Marys as a teacher.
Support personnel resignations were accepted for Jessica Yonkofski of Kersey as cafeteria monitor. Supplemental contract resignations were accepted for Mike Kunes as assistant football coach and weight room supervisor.
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.