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May 8th, 2012
Members of St. Marys City Council continued their discussion about instituting an engine brake ordinance during their Monday evening meeting.
As part of the proposed ordinance, signs would be placed along South St. Marys Street near the elementary school. Residents have complained about the loud noises trucks make while they apply their jake brakes as they descend the hill to the traffic light entering downtown.
The St. Marys Area Ambulance Service carried out its main membership drive last month, but it is not too late to join this month and take advantage of the benefits offered.
According to Manager Robert "Bert" Sorg, the ambulance service provides both emergency and non-emergency health care and transportation services to area residents. Full ambulance services are provided to St. Marys and paramedic services are provided to Fox Township, Johnsonburg and Bennetts Valley.
St. Marys City Councilman Greg Gebauer voiced his strong dissent for any downtown hotel project involving developer Robert Yoder of The Yoder Group and Impact Pennsylvania, Inc at Monday's city council meeting.
Although the third annual Polar Sweet Express event hosted by CAPSEA, Inc. [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse] is 10 months away, Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant has already begun making plans.
The event, sponsored by Ridgway BiLo and Northwest Savings Bank, is expected to be held in the beginning of February of 2013.
Last year's event held in the Franklin Center in St. Marys raised over $4,500 to assist in supplying abuse victims seeking shelter with basic necessities.
During the 61st observance of the National Day of Prayer held this past Thursday, local residents and members of a number of area churches gathered for a prayer circle held on the Diamond in downtown St. Marys.
Organized by the St. Marys Ministerial Group, the event featured pastors and priests representing various local parishes: Father Thomas Moore of Sacred Heart Church, Pastor Brad Brunner of Faith Baptist Church, the Rev. Scott T. Wiest of Shiloh Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Chris Kindle of First United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Mary Norton of St. Agnes Episcopal Church.
ST. MARYS â€“ "An Afternoon of Smiles and Sunshine" will raise money to help children with cleft and craniofacial conditions and their families with treatment and transportation costs.
Paving on several Fox Township roads is scheduled to have begun today, according to Fox Township Roadmaster Randy Gradizzi at a recent supervisors' meeting.
Among the roads included on the schedule are Hogback, Keller, and W. Theresia and base work on Squab Hollow Road.
During a recent special meeting, supervisors awarded a bid for seal coating on various township roads to Hager Paving in the amount of $53,853, contingent upon final approval of $12,000 liquid fuel funds allocation from Elk County which was made available to each county municipality.
The St. Marys Area Middle School (SMAMS) grounds were transformed into a Civil-War era battlefield on Friday as part of the school's 12th annual Civil War Reenactment Day.
The scene was complete with reenactors portraying various characters of the period, including a field hospital surgeon, uniformed soldiers, cannoneers firing mortar, and a blacksmith fashioning iron.
The various reenactors that day had a variety of reasons for being there, but most involved said it was because of the importance of imparting the history to the youth.
Recently Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) received a $92,000 grant from the A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust for the organization's Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS).
The grant ensures the continuation of the program, aimed at reaching middle and high school students in Elk and Cameron counties. The goal of the SOS program is to teach students the specific action steps needed to respond to signs of suicide by teaching and emphasizing the program's message of "A.C.T."-- Acknowledge, Care, Tell.
Mothers with The Elk County Homeschoolers said that while homeschooling has traditionally drawn criticism for a perceived lack of oversight and regulation, Pennsylvania's Home Education Law establishes strict requirements that homeschoolers must follow.
The mothers explained that while there is a great deal of freedom afforded homeschoolers in teaching and enriching their children, the guidelines for doing so as spelled out in Pennsylvania's Home Education Law, Act 169 of 1988, are stringent.