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March 8th, 2012
With the first round of the Pennsylvania School System Assessment exams (PSSAs) to begin next week, Superintendent Ann Kearney at Thursday's workshop meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors discussed what the district has done to do prepare students for the exams, as well as what parents can do come test time.
"We ask parents to make sure their children get a good night's sleep, a good breakfast and are here in school...it is so important for them to be here on the day of the assessment," Kearney said.
City of St. Marys Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coordinator Tina Gradizzi conducted a second and final public hearing during Monday's City Council meeting.
The city's 2012 entitlement is $300,000, of which the city will utilize $246,000 for water, sewer and road improvements. The remaining $54,000, or 18 percent, is being alloted for administration costs.
According to Gradizzi, the first streets on the list for repairs are Mertz Avenue, then Charles and George streets.
The Fox Township Supervisors recently met with representatives of the St. Marys Television Company to discuss service issues which were relayed to them by a number of township residents/subscribers. Supervisor Dave Mattiuz reported the results of that meeting during Wednesday evening's monthly supervisors' meeting.
"The biggest thing is calling in after hours. There was no one available to speak to," Mattiuz said. "This problem was supposedly solved as of 5 p.m. tonight."
Several branches of Northwest Savings Bank are supporting Elk County Relay for Life by holding a basket fundraiser.
WILCOX â€“ Bailey Pretak of Wilcox never aspired to be a model, but always loved being in front of the camera. This desire has motivated her to enter the Maurices Main Street Model Search.
The contest is through the Maurices clothing store chain, and the winner will be featured in all of the advertising and receive $7,500 to go to a charity of the winnerâ€™s choice.
Pretak entered the contest by submitting photos and an essay. Now she is relying on the public to enter the next round.
PennDOT's Dean Ball updated city officials on Monday evening regarding the proposed timelines of the massive road reconstruction project taking place next year along State Route 255, encompassing a large section of the Million Dollar Highway.
Currently the project is on schedule and will be advertised this fall with hopes the contractor will begin by late fall. Also progressing smoothly are right-of-way acquisitions which will be ready for the advertisement of the project.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Commissioners voted Tuesday morning in favor of "impact fees" that will be assessed on Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas wells throughout the county.
"This enables the Public Utility Commission [PUC] to come in and gather the fees that are allowed under this act," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "A portion of it will be returned to the counties and municipalities.
"We've had calls from the public asking us to do this-- we've had discussions with industries and they seem to be at least not opposed to it."
Area Girl Scout troops will mark the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in the United States with a special Mass and ceremony at 11 a.m. this Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
In past years, ceremonies have been held at various area churches of different religious dominations, and St. Mary's Church has been chosen for this year's venue.
Several area students recently had a hands-on life lesson in service as they participated in a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The students were part of a group of area residents who took part in the trip, which was held through the organization Meeting God in Missions. While all eight are currently students at Elk County Catholic High School, they noted that the trip was not a school-sponsored function.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is in the market for a yard ramp for use at their Community Recycling Center, located at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. The purchase of a ramp for under a cost of $10,000 was recently approved by the authority at their most recent meeting.
According to Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, a yard ramp is necessary because there is no room to install a loading dock at the recycling facility.