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June 17th, 2011

Tomasone: Scarnati a great ally for Senate Bill 1

June 17, 2011

Pennsylvania State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) is a great ally to have in support of Senate Bill 1, according to DuBois Area Catholic School President Fr. Rick Tomasone. Currently under consideration, S.B. 1 is legislation that would both increase funding for the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship program and create Opportunity Scholarship Grants for students who meet specific income requirements to help offset the cost of tuition at the school of their choice. Scarnati is a co-sponsor of the bill.

Landini-Grogan discusses benefits of Catholic schools

June 17, 2011

Catholic schools in Pennsylvania provide education to over 7,000 students at 40 different locations, according to Erin Landini-Grogan, director of Respect Life for the Diocese of Erie.

Board approves new program, rental fees

June 17, 2011

Numerous business items were approved by the St. Marys Area School District school board during their recent meeting on Monday.
Among the items approved was a letter of agreement between the school district and Dickinson Mental Health Center for Family Based Mental Health (FBMH), a program used to develop and implement a cooperative relationship with the county's Children and Adolescent Service programs, providers, departments and school districts.

June 16th

Township to consider prohibiting ATV use on roadways

June 16, 2011

The Jay Township Supervisors are considering revoking ATV use on township roads following an accident last week in which two area teenagers were killed.
That crash occurred along Mt. Zion Road on Wednesday evening, resulting in the deaths of two 16-year-old St. Marys Area High School students, Steven Glatt of St. Marys and Allen Gursky of Weedville. The cause of the crash was attributed to the teens driving too fast for conditions.

Gymnastics program vote tabled until next meeting

June 16, 2011

A unanimous decision to table discussions about the possible elimination of the St Marys Area High School gymnastics program was approved during the Monday evening meeting of the school district's Board of Directors meeting.
Several gymnasts, parents and Irene McCandless, team coach, were in attendance at the meeting to discuss the issue; however, with the July board meeting cancelled, all those involved may have to wait for any decision or discussion until the board's August meeting.

911 Center back up and running

June 16, 2011

Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg reported late Thursday night that the county's 911 Center was again fully operational following a late Tuesday evening evacuation due to noxious fumes.
According to Freeburg, a complete run-through had been completed and no remnants were detected.
Commissioners reported last Friday that back-up batteries were fuming during a charge process.

June 15th

Charity event 'crawling' to Dino's

June 15, 2011

Dino's Place on Market St. will mark the fifth stop of the Straub Brewery Charity Pub Crawl taking place Friday beginning at 9 p.m.
The free event will feature the local band "The Remedy" as the headlining act.
The event's drink specials and special events are likely to draw a large crowd, as has been the standard at previous stops.
“We are excited to partner with Straub Brewery and the four charities involved and look forward to a fun time on Friday night," said Dino Dinsmore, owner of Dino’s Place.

Shale topics presented at gas seminar

June 15, 2011

A sizable crowd was on hand for the first Elk County Gas Task Force educational seminar, held Wednesday evening at St. Marys Area Middle School.
Elk County Commissioner June Sorg acted as the hostess as she introduced each of the seminar's three speakers: Jim Clark of Penn State Cooperative Extension, who spoke about water issues; Mike Donovan of Seneca Resources, who presented a brief overview of Marcellus Shale; and attorney Tom Wagner of St. Marys, who provided information on land leasing.

County judge bans cellphones in courtrooms

June 15, 2011

SMETHPORT – The use of cellphones in courtrooms has been banned for several years.
Now it’s illegal to even possess a cellphone in a McKean County court facility.
President County Judge John Pavlock has issued an order against “the use and possession of any electronic devices” in any county courtroom.
In addition to cellphones, the banned devices include video cameras, camera phones and personal data assistants (PDAs).
According to the judge’s order, the county security staff and the McKean County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for “enforcement of this policy.”

Reed bound over on trespass charge

June 15, 2011

ST. MARYS - John Augustus "Jake" Reed, 18, of 370 Brusselles St., St. Marys, was held to court on a misdemeanor charge of defiant trespass and had a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct dismissed following a preliminary hearing and arraignment at District Judge Donald Wilhelm's office on Tuesday afternoon.
Wilhelm set standard bail at $1,000 non-monetary, unsecured, with a formal arraignment scheduled for July 5 at 3 p.m. at the Elk County Courthouse.

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