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April 12th, 2011
A new scholarship is available to students of the St. Marys Area School District. Five students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship per year for the four years they successfully remain enrolled in a college or university. A total of $100,000 will be distributed.
The generous scholarship was established by Nathan Milikowsky, former owner of C/G Electrodes, which he sold in 2010 and is now known as GrafTech International.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Tim Cowan of Ridgway has been named as the Logger of the Year by the Kane-based Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG).
Cowan was honored Tuesday evening at the 43rd annual Kane Area Loggers Safety Meeting at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall.
AHUG said it presents the award annually to the logger who "best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism" and has "a strong commitment to safety and has community and industry service involvement."
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County residents placed several calls to emergency services personnel and law enforcement agencies Sunday night regarding what they described as a loud "boom." Although the source of the noise was initially attributed to seismic testing for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, no cause or explanation has formally been discovered.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Stephanie Ann Kilhoffer, 51, of Brockport, pleaded guilty to the charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, a third-degree felony offense, on Monday afternoon. Kilhoffer appeared before the Honorable Judge Richard Masson with her attorney, Thomas G. Coppolo, at 1 p.m.
Following discussion of proposing a .58 mill tax increase for next year, St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney will present a balanced budget next month which will include the proposed tax increase.
The SMASD Board of Directors gave their approval for the increase during their regular monthly meeting held Monday evening.
The 2011-2012 budget projects a deficit of $136,335 without a tax increase.
Members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors voted unanimously to expel 13 students during their regular meeting held Monday evening.
Following the start of the meeting, a brief executive session was held to discuss student confidentiality matters. Three of the students were expelled permanently.
When questioned as to the nature of the large number of student expulsions, SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney said it was due to a violation of school policy.
In honor of National Library Week, the St. Marys Public Library will be running a Food for Fines program today through Saturday.
"Basically the idea of it is, to celebrate National Library Week, we like to do things that are going to make people aware of the library's role in the community and also to try and help somebody else out," said Scarlette Corbin, director of the St. Marys Public Library. "By doing that, we're encouraging patrons to pay off fines with food donations that will be given to the Christian Food Bank."
During their recent meeting, the Fox Township Supervisors approved several bids, correspondence items and discussed unfinished business.
While reviewing bids for equipment leases, supervisor Dave Mattiuz questioned why the township finds it necessary to rent equipment. He said that he found since January 2010, the township has spent $121,000 on equipment rentals.
Roadmaster and fellow supervisor Randy Gradizzi said a lot of the rentals are needed due to time constraints.
The third annual Heritage Gala Benefit dinner for the St. Marys Catholic Elementary and Middle schools was held Saturday at The Red Fern in Fox Township. This year's theme was "A Pearl of Great Value." The sea-themed decor was provided from the collection of Margaret Kaul and arranged by Paul Schneider.
While the potential move from the current 911 Center along Boot Jack Road in Ridgway Township to the borough at the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC] facility has raised questions, officials are insisting the move is a good one.
"With our move to the ITEC facility, it's obviously a good choice and a good move to make," said Michael A. McAllister, director of Elk County's emergency services office. "There is some skepticism out there in the public questioning why we have to move and we're being told that what we have is fine and that we don't need any of this."