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May 17th, 2011
Residents exiting State Street at its intersection with SR 255 have likely noticed by now that a portion of the retaining wall near Ace Auto Rental, 344 S. St. Marys St., has come loose and is lying on the sidewalk.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, the wall is not city property and instead belongs to Ace Auto Rental.
"It's their wall," Greene said.
Members of city council gave their approval on Monday evening for a representative from the city to attend a judicial sale at 10 a.m. on June 9 and purchase properties, particularly those located along Center Street, if no other bids are made.
City Manager Dave Greene explained that at a judicial sale, properties that are behind in paying their property taxes for multiple years will come up for a judicial sale, which means that all liens will be removed and the properties will be sold to the highest bidder.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
The board approved to change the substitute pay rate effective with the 2011-12 school year. Days 1-30 will be at $80/day, days 31-60 will be at $85/day and over 60 days will be at $90/day.
Bucktail Lodge 96 and William Hanley Lodge 67 of the Fraternal Order of Police conducted their annual Fallen Officers Memorial Service on Friday afternoon in the auditorium of Elk County Catholic High School. The event is held at a different location each year on or around May 15, which is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and also corresponds with Police Week.
Parishioners, students, teachers, parents and alumni gathered together on Saturday evening in celebration of the 125th anniversary of St. Boniface Catholic School and Parish, located along Main Street in Kersey, Fox Township.
The anniversary celebration began with a Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner held inside the school cafeteria.
St. Boniface School Principal Marie Giazzoni welcomed all in attendance, including the Most Rev. Donald Trautman, bishop of the Erie Diocese.
Elk County C.A.R.E.S. hosted "A Community Meeting" Friday evening at the Ridgway Area High School cafeteria for the public to discuss the ongoing concern over the Marcellus Shale drilling.
Johnsonburg Area High School chemistry teacher David Keith began the meeting with a PowerPoint presentation outlining the history, outlook and risks associated with the gas well drilling.
According to Keith, the first hydraulic fractured well was drilled in Pennsylvania by Range Resources in 2003.
Officials in the Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 are hard at work fundraising to create an endowment for assisting in this year's Youth Outdoor Adventure scheduled for Sept. 16-18.
"It all started with a dream to take local terminally ill or permanently disabled youth on outdoor adventures," said Jane Bryndel, a Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 member and treasurer also charged with publicity responsibilities.
"We feel we are ready for our first event this September. These events will be a unique experience to the selectee, and will provide a fulfilling and memorable experience to the family."
The Jay Township Volunteer Fire Company, which serves both Jay and Benezette townships, is attempting to proactively combat its declining membership by holding an informational meeting for individuals who may be interested in volunteering in an emergency or non-emergency setting. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the township fire hall on Cleveland Street.
According to fire chief John Schneider, the declining membership is due both to members retiring and to a general loss of interest in the department by the community.
Indoor performance groups from Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area high schools turned in impressive performances during the culmination of their seasons at the Atlantic Coast Championships recently held in Wildwood, N.J.
Each SMA group finished in the top 10 of their class, with the dance team bringing home top honors and a championship banner for the eighth time in nine years. The colorguard placed eighth out of 13 units, while the drumline placed ninth out of 21 units.