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April 9th, 2012
At Monday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors a motion to raise school lunch prices $.10 per meal was adopted unanimously. The increase, to take effect next year, is the result of a federal mandate entitled "Equity in School Lunch Pricing." The mandate requires districts to raise lunch prices $.10 per year until the "paid meal" lunch prices reach the the $2.72 level, at which the government then reimburses districts per free lunch.
In a 2-1 vote, the Fox Township Supervisors approved an investment ordinance for the township which would set aside funds in a savings account.
Of the three supervisors, Randy Gradizzi cast the opposing vote, while Supervisor Chairman Mike Keller and Dave Mattiuz voted to adopt the ordinance.
Resident Cheryl Ruffner said while she commended the supervisors on establishing an investment ordinance, she believes the ordinance is a bit "loose and could be more stringent."
Keller agreed with Ruffner but noted that having something is better than nothing.
It may have been a bit cool on Saturday morning, but the sunny weather still resulted in a good turnout for this yearâ€™s Bunny Hop 5K walk/run at Benzinger Park. The second annual event was the result of efforts by Taylor and Carly Frank and Michael, Daniel, and Rachael Paladino to raise money for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
â€śIt was definitely better weather [this year] and I think we might have had more people,â€ť said Taylor Frank prior to the 5K run.
Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, is set to once again appear on NBC's "The Voice" tonight, this time in a live show that will require people to vote to prevent him from being eliminated.
An online method of paying court fees using credit and debit cards is being called a success by court administrators who credit it with improving efficiency and contributing to higher collection levels.
According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), any traffic tickets, court-ordered fines, costs, and restitution issued anywhere in Pa. can now be paid using the online E-Pay system. The system was expanded from Common Pleas courts to all magisterial courts, phased in between April 2010 and December 2011.
A sure sign of spring's arrival is seeing bunnies hopping about, as is the case at Bucktail Bunnies, a local rabbitry owned by Cindy Wingard of St. Marys.
Having been born on a farm, Wingard has raised rabbits since she was a child. Today her hobby has turned into a barn full of 30 rabbits which she breeds annually.
According to Wingard, she started her rabbit-raising hobby again after her two children, Amy and Travis, were grown.
A request from the Benzinger Township Golf Authority for St. Marys City Council to approve a loan guarantee for the organization was recently approved.
Benzinger Township Golf Authority Chairman Herb Straub appeared before council at Monday's meeting to answer several questions council members posed to the authority. Also in attendance at the meeting from the authority were members Bill Bauer, Steve Bagley and John Dippold.
With administration of the PSSAs at the halfway point in the St. Marys Area School District, district Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Joe Collins discussed the academic atmosphere surrounding the first half of the examination process.
"The kids are working hard; from what I've heard from administrators, spirits are up, the kids are confident," Collins said.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is currently living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), marking a 23 percent increase since the last report was issued in 2009. The findings were released March 29, just days before Autism Awareness Month, a national observance since the 1970s, began in April.
The Fox Township Supervisors approved several new business items during their Wednesday evening meeting.
Among them was an application to submit to Elk County for seal coating funds. The county has $12,000 in liquid fuel funds available to each municipality for use on eligible projects.
They adopted a resolution urging the PA General Assembly to eliminate or amend the State Prevailing Wage Act. The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) encourages municipalities to take this action.