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April 14th, 2011

School lunch prices likely to increase

April 14, 2011

The cost of lunch may be increasing for St. Marys Area School District students.
SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney explained the proposal during a recent school board meeting, stating that elementary lunches could increase five cents, from $1.45 to $1.50, and middle and high school lunches may increase by 25 cents, from $1.50 to $1.75
In addition, the cost of a la carte lunch would increase 25 cents, from $1.55 to $1.80.

Elk Casino hosting third stop of Charity Pub Crawl

April 14, 2011

The historic Elk Casino is hosting the third stop of the Straub Brewery Charity Pub Crawl beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
"We like to support the community and we have done a lot of fundraising in the past," explained Elk Casino co-owner Betty Wycoff on why the establishment chose to host the event.
The crowd-pleasing area band Six Pak will headline the event, taking the stage at 9 p.m.
"We are looking forward to putting on another great show to show our support for charities involved," said Ryan Herzing, Six Pak rhythm guitarist and vocalist.

Political signs make early appearance

April 14, 2011

Area residents may have noticed that candidates' political signs for the upcoming primary election on May 17 have already begun to appear in various locations throughout the city, even though the election is still over a month away.
While the section of the city's sign ordinance pertaining to temporary signs allows candidates to display an unlimited number of political signs, it also stipulates that "such signs may only be displayed between 30 days prior to and 5 days after an election."

Bishop stunned by 'spectacular' restoration

April 14, 2011

The Most Reverend Donald Walter Trautman, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, described the restoration work at St. Leo Magnus Roman Catholic Church along Depot Street in Ridgway as "exquisite" and "spectacular" after seeing the finished product.
"I thought our diocese only had one cathedral, but now I think we have two cathedrals, one here in Ridgway and one in Erie," Trautman said as he prepared for a 7 p.m. Mass Thursday night as part of a rededication ceremony. "I'm very proud of it and I commend all who are responsible for it, and I'm happy for the people in this parish.

Housing Expo enjoys strong turnout

April 14, 2011

Cameron and Elk Counties Local Housing Options Team [LHOT] received a strong turnout Thursday afternoon at the 2011 Housing Expo held at the Central Hose Company along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway.
The expo showcased 32 local vendors ranging from contractors, insurance agencies, banks, children's services, government offices and senior services to realtors and suppliers of home furnishings.

April 13th

St. Boniface Students hold Music Fest

April 13, 2011

Students at St. Boniface School held a Music Fest on Wednesday evening to celebrate the school's 125th anniversary, which was in February 2010. The program featured students in kindergarten through fifth grade reading brief summaries about the school's history and performing songs from select time periods. It got under way at 6:30 p.m. and was followed by a brief social.

SMAHS honors academic excellence

April 13, 2011

St. Marys Area High School recognized the academic excellence of juniors and seniors as part of the school's annual National Honor Society (NHS) program on Wednesday evening.
Among those honored were 43 first-year junior members, 35 second-year senior members and two seniors who were first-year members.
The evening began with a dinner, during which SMAHS senior Rebecca Arnold gave the invocation.
Students and their families then gathered inside the SMAHS Carpin Auditorium for the initiation ceremony into the Dr. Walter Black Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Demolition along Osterhout Street to begin April 2012

April 13, 2011

Construction for the Osterhout Bypass along Osterhout Street (state Route 1014) is scheduled to begin in April 2012.
The Osterhout Bypass is designed to steer heavy truck traffic off of Main Street in downtown Ridgway.
“The homes have received an assessment and some, I believe, have received their payment from PennDOT,” said Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki during Tuesday's Ridgway Township Supervisors meeting. “They will be leaving their homes and then they will be demolished.”

Ridgway Triathlon nears

April 13, 2011

This year marks the 30th year of the Ridgway Triathlon and officials are working to make this event the best one yet.
"This unique triathlon event combines three different competitive events into one of the most fun adventures of the area," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "Canoeing is not an event usually associated with triathlons across the country but the proximity of the Clarion River gave Dave Love, founder of the event 30 years ago, an idea to combine canoeing with the traditional events of running and biking to form this unique time-tested event."

Kane Hardwood manager addresses Women in Timber

April 13, 2011

Connie Grenz, who is believed to be the first female to head a major wood-related business in the U.S., spoke Wednesday at the 13th annual Women in Timber Luncheon at the Kane Country Club.
Grenz is retiring at the end of the month after serving as general manager at Kane Hardwood for the past 11 years.
In moving from Kane back to her hometown of Vancouver, Wash., Grenz said she will be leaving "an incredible industry." She said she also will miss the people she has worked with and the friends she has made.
"It always falls down to people," Grenz said.

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