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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Sunday, Ken and Toie Neal began the rest of their lives without the Hotel Punxsutawney, which has been a part of their lives since 1973.
â€śToday was the first day (Ken) didn't get up, get a shower and say, 'I'm going to the Hotel;' that was his life,â€ť Toie said Sunday night. â€śWe wonder where the guys will go for lunch. His brother (Gubby) said, 'I told my wife (Candy), she'll have to start packing my lunch.'
In what has become an annual event, wreaths purchased by area residents are being laid on graves of veterans at the St. Maryâ€™s Catholic and Protestant cemeteries to honor their military service throughout the holiday season.
Area residents gathered at a noon ceremony Saturday at St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Cemetery in preparation for the wreath-laying. The St. Marys Servicemenâ€™s Burial Detail posted the colors and the assembly recited the Pledge of Allegiance and observed a moment of silence prior to remarks given by Father Eric Vogt, OSB, who spoke about the purpose of the event.
ST. MARYS - Tractor Supply Co. in St. Marys, known as store #107, was third in the state for collecting the most money through the charitable Paper Clover program, the proceeds of which benefit 4-H. A certificate signed by Donald T. Floyd, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council, was presented to store employees, as well as a ribbon designating its top status in its Region 5 division for the fall 2011 campaign. The store collects money nationally each year to fund 4-H programs and activities.
During Thursday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors, Superintendent Ann Kearney expressed her opposition to a school voucher bill now before the Pa. House of Representatives and urged taxpayers to contact their representatives and express their disapproval of the legislation, which she said "could bankrupt local school districts."
The former Floyd Howell building, also known as the Demitri building and the Mullaney building because it housed Mullaney's Shoe Store for many years, is scheduled for demolition on Monday.
Located in downtown St. Marys on the corner of N. St. Marys and Center streets, the property was acquired by the city during the Elk County Judicial Sale held on June 9, which allows properties that are behind multiple years on the payment of real estate taxes to be put up for sale to the highest bidder.
RIDGWAY - On Thursday afternoon Edward R. Kralik, 68, of St. Marys, went before Elk County President Judge Richard Masson as part of a Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) hearing. Kralik pleaded guilty in May to third-degree murder in the June 2010 homicide of Clayton Lecker of St. Marys and is currently incarcerated at State Correction Institution (SCI) Smithfield in Huntingdon.
Leanne Nedza, Kralik's attorney, stated the purpose of the hearing is that Kralik "was not afforded effective assistance of council when he made his plea."
At Thursday's meeting of the St. Marys School District Board of Directors, a number of members were sworn into their new positions following the Nov. 8 Elk Co. municipal elections.
The Leaders in Training I (LIT) program just completed their ninth year with a closing program at the Ridgway Area High School. This program was open to all students in eighth grade in any of the Elk County schools. The LIT I program is a very hands-on program that began in September with a trip to Camp Mountain Run. Besides the trip to Camp Mountain Run, activities included government day at the Elk County Courthouse, a financial management workshop, team building, community service project, communication skills, a community awareness project and a sleepover.
ST. MARYS - A new baler that will make recycling efforts easier and more efficient was delivered to the Elk County Community Recycling Center at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys this week.
The main part of the baler was delivered and placed on Tuesday, while the tipper used to load recyclables into the baler arrived on Wednesday.
A campaign to save the Pennsy Railroad Station along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway has already begun.
Ridgway resident Dennis D. Heindl and wife Rose met with borough officials and Genessee & Wyoming property manager William V. Gentilman on Tuesday morning to present a $50,000 check to assist in restoring the outside of the train station to its original condition.
Heindl hopes to raise an additional $50,000 to $75,000.
As an added bonus, all contributors who donate $250 or more will have their name engraved on a plaque that will be displayed outside of the station.