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November 17th, 2014

New parking proposal could benefit downtown businesses

November 17, 2014

During Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting, a motion to revisit the topic of offering free holiday parking throughout December failed by a 4-3 vote. However, out of the discussion came an innovative proposal by Councilman Lou Radkowski which could benefit downtown businesses in the long run.
Earlier this month, council approved free parking throughout downtown on Light Up Night on Friday, Nov. 21 from 4-8 p.m., on Black Friday, and on the four holiday weekends on Friday evenings and all day Saturday as well as all through December in the parking garage.

Milliard jailed on firearms charges

November 17, 2014

ERIE – Francis Anthony Milliard, 57, formerly of Ridgway, has been sentenced in federal court to 60 months in jail and ordered to forfeit firearms involved in the offenses on his conviction of conspiracy to possess firearms by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced Monday.
According to the Department of Justice, United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Milliard.

District approves personnel issues

November 17, 2014

Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors are new hires of school drivers, support personnel, awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, a resignation, leaves of absences and transfer of support personnel.
Luke Shofestall was approved as a long-term substitute teacher at SMAHS, effective Nov. 11. He holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Clarion University and is certified in social studies.
The following professional substitute personnel were hired:

November 16th

District revises mobile communication policy

November 16, 2014

St. Marys Area School District administrators will now receive a monthly stipend toward their cellphone bill as approved by the school board of directors.
When questioned if administrators would prefer a district-issued cellphone or receive a stipend for their personal phone for district communication and emergencies, a majority of them chose the stipend which was approved at $50 a month, totaling $600 for the year. The stipend will be paid annually in December.
Administrators will also receive a one-time upgrade stipend of $100.

War collection welcomes residents to annex

November 16, 2014

RIDGWAY – Randy Baloga, a United States Marine Corps veteran (1971-1977) recently added a portion of his 1:6 scale model soldier collection to the display case welcoming residents to the Elk County Courthouse Annex along Center Street in Ridgway.
"I'm a veteran and I've been coming to the Courthouse Annex for several years now," Sergeant Baloga said. "In the past years this display window has been the same and I thought it might be nice to do something different."
The seeds for such a collection were planted 50 years ago as Baloga had quite a few Hasbro toys around 1964.

Changes to various policies approved by school board

November 16, 2014

The St. Marys Area School District board of school directors recently approved a variety of items ranging from an employee savings plan to an update to its field trip policy.
An amendment to the district's 403(b) plan now will allow Roth 403(b) employee-only contributions according to the established eligibility criteria and the investments, exchanges, transfers and distributions options.
"These are a unique savings opportunity for employees," said SMASD Business Manager Ginger Williams. "It is an opportunity to diversify."

UPB students given Seneca rig tour

November 16, 2014

EMPORIUM – Representatives from Seneca Resources invited four University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students to tour one of their rigs in Emporium to show the realities of working and living on a drilling rig.
The four students, who were all enrolled in the petroleum technology program at UPB, were able to use the tour to transition their knowledge from books to real life while learning about future employment opportunities that may be available to them.

November 14th

City Council conducts budget workshops

November 14, 2014

No new taxes. At least that is what is anticipated in the 2015 budget for the City of St. Marys.
St. Marys City Council recently conducted several budget workshops. The results of those workshops will be discussed during a budget presentation Monday evening during their meeting.
Next year's budget proposal stands at $7.5 million, a $1.4 million increase from last year's $7.2 million.
Of this is $1 million through a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank loan for street construction for next year, which City Manager Dave Greene initially announced in August.

Ground broken for clock project

November 14, 2014

St. Marys Rotary Club members on Tuesday morning gathered on the Boulevard for a ground-breaking ceremony for the new clock project.
Dubbed the "Gift of time for all time," construction will begin next week as the foundation will be poured.

Rubik's cube, green plastic soldiers, and bubbles in Toy Hall of Fame

November 14, 2014

Rubik's cube, green plastic soldiers, and bubbles in Toy Hall of Fame
There are three favorites that are still getting a little playtime as new inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.

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