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May 16th, 2011
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
The board approved to change the substitute pay rate effective with the 2011-12 school year. Days 1-30 will be at $80/day, days 31-60 will be at $85/day and over 60 days will be at $90/day.
Bucktail Lodge 96 and William Hanley Lodge 67 of the Fraternal Order of Police conducted their annual Fallen Officers Memorial Service on Friday afternoon in the auditorium of Elk County Catholic High School. The event is held at a different location each year on or around May 15, which is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and also corresponds with Police Week.
Parishioners, students, teachers, parents and alumni gathered together on Saturday evening in celebration of the 125th anniversary of St. Boniface Catholic School and Parish, located along Main Street in Kersey, Fox Township.
The anniversary celebration began with a Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner held inside the school cafeteria.
St. Boniface School Principal Marie Giazzoni welcomed all in attendance, including the Most Rev. Donald Trautman, bishop of the Erie Diocese.
Elk County C.A.R.E.S. hosted "A Community Meeting" Friday evening at the Ridgway Area High School cafeteria for the public to discuss the ongoing concern over the Marcellus Shale drilling.
Johnsonburg Area High School chemistry teacher David Keith began the meeting with a PowerPoint presentation outlining the history, outlook and risks associated with the gas well drilling.
According to Keith, the first hydraulic fractured well was drilled in Pennsylvania by Range Resources in 2003.
Officials in the Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 are hard at work fundraising to create an endowment for assisting in this year's Youth Outdoor Adventure scheduled for Sept. 16-18.
"It all started with a dream to take local terminally ill or permanently disabled youth on outdoor adventures," said Jane Bryndel, a Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 member and treasurer also charged with publicity responsibilities.
"We feel we are ready for our first event this September. These events will be a unique experience to the selectee, and will provide a fulfilling and memorable experience to the family."
The Jay Township Volunteer Fire Company, which serves both Jay and Benezette townships, is attempting to proactively combat its declining membership by holding an informational meeting for individuals who may be interested in volunteering in an emergency or non-emergency setting. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the township fire hall on Cleveland Street.
According to fire chief John Schneider, the declining membership is due both to members retiring and to a general loss of interest in the department by the community.
Indoor performance groups from Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area high schools turned in impressive performances during the culmination of their seasons at the Atlantic Coast Championships recently held in Wildwood, N.J.
Each SMA group finished in the top 10 of their class, with the dance team bringing home top honors and a championship banner for the eighth time in nine years. The colorguard placed eighth out of 13 units, while the drumline placed ninth out of 21 units.
Letter carriers in St. Marys and Fox Township will not only be delivering the mail this Saturday; they'll also be collecting food donations from residents for "Stamp Out Hunger," the country's largest annual food drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, sponsors the annual food drive, which collects nonperishable food items that help to feed the hungry in all 50 states.
Computer Games 4 Fun, an organization founded earlier this year by Ridgway resident Bob Schloder, is seeking old computers that can be refurbished, filled with games, and given to area residents at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or those in similar situations as a means of mental stimulation. In recent months, Schloder has already provided computers for a few residents at Silver Creek Terrace and Elk Towers, both in St. Marys, and Ridgmont in Ridgway.