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June 15th, 2011
The 2011-12 St. Marys Area School District budget was unanimously approved on Monday evening by members of the school board. The budget shows total expenditures of $23,914,421 and includes a .57-mill property tax increase to area residents.
The tax increase will result in a $14 increase to residents who own a $50,000 home, with their total property taxes estimated at $804 for the year. Total millage for the district next year will be 32.35 mills for real estate tax.
The Elk County Gas Task Force is hosting the first in a series of educational seminars on Wednesday evening at St. Marys Area Middle School from 6 to 8 p.m.
Elk County Commissioner and Task Force Chairperson June Sorg, along with Jodi Foster, Elk County Planning Department's community and economic development coordinator, have worked together on planning the seminar.
HORTON TWP. â€“Â A Brockport man was killed as a result of a one-vehicle crash Friday evening in Horton Township. The Ridgway-based state police report investigating the crash, which occurred on June 10 at 10:15 p.m. on SR 219, 410 feet north of an unnamed street in Horton Township. According to police, Clarence L. Russell, 57, of Brockport, was traveling south on SR 219 in a 2001 Ford Ranger at a high rate of speed. The Ford left the southbound lane of travel, entering the west berm. The vehicle then impacted the guiderail and continued in a southerly direction along the guiderail.
The annual Summer Reading Program is once again under way at the St. Marys Public Library. Registration for the program began on June 1 and will continue throughout the remainder of the month.
Vicki Miller, head of Children's Services, explained that the purpose of the month-long registration is to try to make things easier on parents or other individuals who have to provide transportation to and from the library for the area youth taking part in the program, which is open to individuals age 18 and under.
Two recent Ridgway Area High School graduates are getting a real-world education before heading to college this fall.
Lou Stilwell and Ben Jaques are operating Lou's Canoes in Hallton this summer.
Both Stilwell and Jaques graduated from the high school as members of the Class of 2011. Both are attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the fall for business management and entrepreneurship and will be roommates.
Local residents will forget casual Friday when there is Fireworks "Fun"draising Friday, taking place June 17 in the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot as part of an effort to raise funds for St. Marys' annual firework display on July 2 at the St. Marys Golf Club.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., patrons are encouraged to drop off firework donations while enjoying a free hot dog, donated by Pfaffs Market, and a beverage, donated by First Commonwealth Bank. Drive-thru donations are also welcome.
Members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors, along with school principals, observed a moment of silence on Thursday evening during their regular workshop, in remembrance of students Allen Gursky and Stephen Glatt, who were killed in a fatal ATV accident on Wednesday evening.
"We are extremely saddened by this tragedy and extend our sincere condolences to their families and friends," said Ann Kearney, superintendent.
The main focus of the meeting was a discussion on efforts to increase revenue and decrease expenses.
JAY TWP. â€“Â Two area teenagers were killed Wednesday evening following an ATV crash that occurred at 9:45 p.m. along Mt. Zion Road, 1,542 feet east of Old Dodge Road. According to a report issued by the Ridgway-based Pennsylvania State Police, the crash occurred as a 2010 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO was traveling east on Mt. Zion Road, which is a gravel-improved dirt roadway. The ATV was occupied by a 16-year-old driver of St. Marys and his 16-year-old male passenger of Weedville.
The 2011 Relay for Life of Elk County is offering a wide variety of activities and entertainment, all of which are open to the public. The event begins today at the Fox Township Community Park in Kersey and runs until tomorrow at noon.
In an effort to keep walkers on their feet, Mike Scolari is providing music as the DJ throughout the two days.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Recreation Department will be offering free art lessons at Kaulmont Park for area youth this summer.
The lessons will be taught by Liz Dippold, an art education major who will be entering her senior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dippold, who has worked at Kaulmont and Memorial parks during the past few summers, said she is hoping to help students explore their talent and love for art while they learn proper drawing and painting techniques.