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January 8th, 2012
RIDGWAY - Workers in the Marcellus Shale industry and a local well fire department were on hand Saturday for a confined space entry and rescue training and certification program held at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds.
During the program, simulations and drills were held that practiced rescuing injured workers from a frack tank. An actual frack tank, a tank that is used to hold water used in the hydrofracturing process that extracts natural gas from shale formations deep beneath the earth's surface, was used as part of the activities.
Flutterbye is a support program created by the Community Nurses, Inc., to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.
The program reaches out to grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The support program meets monthly for meetings and yearly for a day camp. Because of a grant awarded by Women Who Care, the program will be extended to a two-day camp in the summer of 2012.
At last week's Fox Township Supervisors meeting, Supervisor and Public Works Director Randy Gradizzi provided details on the bid results for the timber sale on Toby Water property.
Twenty-two white oak trees were harvested for the sale, with the worth of the timber estimated at $57,000. A motion was approved by the supervisors to accept the top bid of $53,635 from Allegheny Wood Products.
Additional bids were submitted by Brownlee Lumber for $50,160; St. Marys Lumber for $48,788; Walker Lumber for $42,865; Matson Lumber for $38,401; and I.T. Lumber for $34,541.
During Thursday night's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors, Superintendent Ann Kearney presented information on the annual yearly progress report and explained how the district will adopt and meet new state standards and requirements related to curriculum and graduation.
"We are now transferring our instruction from the Pennsylvania standard [assessment] anchors that we were teaching to and now we're trying to transition over to the Keystone Exams," Kearney said.
The Fox Township Supervisors approved interim funding of $70,000 for the Fox Township Sewer Authority during their Tuesday meeting.
The money will be used to pay the $68,933 balance of the authority's Headworks project, which involved the creation of a pre-filtration system which helps to decrease the wear and tear on the plant.
St. Marys native Bill Parana is a busy man. Now living in the northwestern mountain area of Hendersonville, N.C., he holds down both a full-time and a part-time job and finds them both interesting, especially as they are quite different from each other.
Thursday's workshop meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors saw the presentation of the district's annual progress report. Superintendent Ann Kearney said in taking time to "reflect back on the accomplishments of these past twelve months, the community can stand proud of the school district's efforts to provide programs that embody the district's mission of 'empowering learners for the 21st century.'"
ST. MARYS â€“ A train rumbles through a mountain tunnel, steam pumping and its whistle alerting the nearby town to its presence. While it's a familiar sight to many area residents, this isn't a real scene but a creation known simply as "Tom's Trains," a train-focused exhibit on a large platform at the home of Tom Schloder on East Eschbach Road in St. Marys.
During Tuesday's City Council meeting, St. Marys resident Warren Stewart inquired about two issues regarding the demolition of the Dimitri building and the upkeep of the parking garage.
In reference to the empty lot on the corner of Center Street made vacant by the demolition of the Dimitri building, Greene said the only work remaining is for the gas company to cut off some of the pipes. He replied to Stewart's inquiry, stating that parking meter heads will be replaced on the street.
The Coaches vs. Cancer campaign at the recent Elk County Holiday Tournament was once again a success, with Roben Daghir, volunteer survivor for outreach and awareness, noting that the group doubled their donations from the previous year.
"At the time of the final count at St. Marys Area High School, we had $1,200," Daghir said. "I have heard from some of the coaches that they had donations given to them following the games. Those donations will be added to the $1,200 total."