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March 16th, 2011
Like jazz, barbershop harmony singing is one of the unique types of music that originated in the United States. The St. Marys chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society is hoping to bring in some new voices with a guest night held during the group's meeting on Tuesday, March 22 at the American Legion Post 103 along Center Street in St. Marys. Any men from Elk and neighboring counties who like to sing four-part a cappella harmony, or who just enjoy singing, are welcome to attend.
Teachers throughout St. Marys Area School District are among thousands across the nation participating in the Newspaper In Education (NIE) program.
Currently there are eight schools and 29 classrooms participating in The Daily Press' NIE program this year.
Since its founding in the 1930s, the program has concentrated its efforts on attracting youth readership and training teachers to integrate newspapers into curriculum.
From teachers to tutors, they all find the newspaper a helpful teaching tool inside their classrooms.
Kim Bonfardine of the county's Conservation District reported Tuesday morning that county officials have acquired over $200,000 worth of grant money for water testing.
"The project's purpose is to set up and get data on the industries that are moving into the area," Bonfardine said. "We won't just be monitoring for Marcellus Shale but also other things as well. We're very lucky to get a lot of partners for their support.
Vollmer enters into Pretrial Intervention/Deferred Prosecution Agreement
LEE COUNTY, Fla. â€“Â According to information obtained from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, John Joseph Vollmer, 64, of St. Marys, was recently entered into a Pretrial Intervention/Deferred Prosecution Agreement in relation to charges of soliciting another for lewdness assignation, first offense, which were filed against him on Feb. 24.
The Guidance Center in DuBois has been affiliated with the national Big Brothers Big Sisters organization since 1990, with the program having been in place in Elk County since 2001.
One successful match, who have been together for eight or nine years, are Mary Meyer of St. Marys and Molly Zemla of Kersey. Mary is employed through the Advancement Office of the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS), while Molly is currently a junior at St. Marys Area High School.
The St. Marys Area School Board of Directors approved a list of items during their regular meeting held Monday evening. Among them was a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1, which would implement a tuition voucher program within the Commonwealth. The board voted unanimously to approve the resolution opposing the bill.
Curves of St. Marys is inviting the public to a 24-hour event that will help raise funds for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The fitness center's "Purple Power" Relay team is sponsoring the event and will participate in this summer's annual walk to support funding for cancer research, raise awareness of the disease, honor survivors and remember those who have lost their battle.
Peggi Yeager, owner/manager of the fitness center, said the event will run from noon on Friday, March 18 to noon on Friday, March 19.
Bids for the ATA transit center, which will be located in the currently-under-construction parking garage on Depot Street, are scheduled to be opened today, according to Gabe Uljon, Director of Facilities for ATA.
"The contractor will be selected after a review of the bids opened [today.] Selection of a contractor is contingent upon a review of each bid for cost and compliance requirements," Uljon said.
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.