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August 22nd, 2011

Canine therapy can help improve mental health

August 23, 2011

A number of studies have shown that having a pet can help lower a person's stress and improve their mental health outlook. One form of therapy that has been in existence for some time, but is new to the area, uses dogs in a therapeutic setting to assist clients in achieving mental health goals.

Sky's the limit for First United Methodist Church construction project

August 23, 2011

The First United Methodist Church's newly constructed pavilion is located on an immaculate, arboreal, 13-acre property just off of South Michael Road in St. Marys.
The pavilion, which will be available for rental to the public, can seat between 260 and 275 people and includes a stone fireplace, kitchen, handicap-accessible restrooms, a two-stall indoor garage, parking lot, utility room and electric outlets.

August 21st

Memorial tree, plaque honor Sgt. Ken VanGiesen

August 22, 2011

A memorial tree was planted Sunday at the Kane Armory along Chestnut Street to honor Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed July 18 while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
A bronze plaque honoring the soldier was installed at the base of the tree.
"The tree is something that will always remind us of him," Lt. Drew Campbell said during the ceremony. "We wanted to do something unique because he was unique. His life may have ended, but the tree will continue to grow in his memory."

Changes proposed to improve downtown parking

August 22, 2011

A parking committee consisting of city councilmen Bob Roberts and Steve Skok and City Manager Dave Greene recently held its second meeting with area residents to discuss proposed changes to parking in the downtown area as the parking garage being constructed downtown is nearing completion.

August 19th

Sign theft, damage cause for concern in Jay Township

August 20, 2011

At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, both residents and officials shared their growing frustration and anxiety over a recent spate of theft and vandalism involving traffic and street signs.
Supervisor Murray K. Lilley said the theft of signage is costing the township a fortune. He estimated the cost of replacing a single stolen or vandalized sign at $250.

Right to transparency defended at supervisors meeting

August 20, 2011

The Thursday night Jay Township Supervisors meeting began with an exchange over freedom of information, with attendees defending their right to record such proceedings.
At Thursday's meeting, two attendees had handheld dictaphones and one had a video camera.
Supervisors said they were upset that information from a previous "special" insurance meeting on Aug. 5, 2011 had appeared in an area newspaper as well as on the internet.

Rhodes' poem chosen to appear in literary magazine

August 20, 2011

As a creative writing major, Jenna Rhodes of Kersey is off to a successful start, with one of her poems selected from among more than 5,000 submissions for publication in the 2011 edition of The Apprentice Writer literary magazine.
Now in its 29th year, The Apprentice Writer was created by Gary Fincke, professor of English and creative writing and director of the Writers’ Institute at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. The magazine publishes some 70 poems, stories, personal essays, photographs and works of art by high school students from a 20-state area.

Bodien family struggles after fire

August 20, 2011

Things went from bad to worse when a fire ripped through the home of Jim and Nancy Bodien at 45 Fremont Ave., Ridgway, last Saturday night.
The kitchen, dining room and bathroom took the brunt of the fire leaving the smoke and water to destroy the rest of the home.
Five miles away at Nancy's mother's residence, she received a call from her sister at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday night to tell her that her house was on fire.
Fortunately, no one was in the home at the time of the blaze.

August 18th

Manhunt comes up empty-handed

August 19, 2011

Editor's Note: As of press time Thursday evening, the search for Desantis had resumed in the Johnsonburg area amid reports that he had been spotted. He had not yet been apprehended.
A foot pursuit and aerial search through the woods off Montmorenci Road for Jamie Lee Desantis, a fugitive who violated parole for unknown charges, were fruitless yesterday after a three-hour hunt.
Desantis was facing a state parole and had been sent to Erie County to a halfway house and had apparently not reported back to his quarters.

Make-A-Wish benefit planned for Aug. 27

August 19, 2011

For the second year in a row, a car show to raise funds to benefit Make-A-Wish will be held rain or shine in St. Marys; however, this year's event has been moved to the parking lot of Tractor Supply, located along the Million Dollar Highway. Last year's event was held at the Edgewood.

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