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February 27th, 2011
Former St. Marys resident Jenn Steele, along with numerous relatives including cousins Margie and Nick Fritz, Sara and Ray Shaffer and Christa Fritz-Gainar, all of St. Marys, were among those who witnessed the recent NASA Discovery space shuttle launch on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at 4:53 p.m. The pristine weather provided for ideal viewing of the launch along central Florida's space coast, home to Kennedy Space Center. The Expedition 26 crew's 11-day mission includes two spacewalks in order to conduct maintenance work and install new components.
The winter weather impacting the area Friday morning failed to deter residents from venturing to Dunham's Sports, which officially opened for business following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. The business is located along S. St. Marys Street in the storefront formerly occupied by St. Marys Chevrolet.
Dunham's offers a variety of recreational equipment, including athletic apparel, footwear, general athletics items, and hunting items.
Chainsaw Carver Brett McLain, 34, of Fredon, N.J., not only creates unique wood carvings but works to promote other carvers' work as part of his business, Freehand Custom Carving, which he established six years ago.
"We host carvers from all over the country and all over the world at our shop," McLain said. "We are continuing to create a budget to push the envelope of standard chainsaw carvings."
McLain is a veteran of the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, having participated in the "vous" in the last 11 of its 12 years.
St. Marys Area School District principals were recently presented with Keystone Achievement Awards, signifying each school's achievement in reaching adequate yearly progress (AYP).
South St. Marys Street, Fox Township and Bennetts Valley Elementary schools, along with St. Marys Area Middle and High schools, were among the state's schools receiving the awards.
The Jay Township Supervisors held a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss the township's health insurance policy. According to supervisor Francis Gustafson, the supervisors were recently informed that the cost for the policy was going to increase by about $900 per month and, in an effort to keep costs down, they hoped to find an alternate, cheaper policy.
Amy Groman, an insurance agent for St. Marys Insurance, also attended the meeting to answer supervisors' questions and to provide assistance as they considered their various options.
Jeff Samudosky, the popular carver whose larger-than-life wooden horse sculpture has taken the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous by storm, presented a seminar Thursday morning at Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and stressed the importance of both sharing ideas and finding your own way.
"I've just tried to figure things out on my own," Samudosky said. "A lot of these things that took me 13 years to do, I can show someone now in 10 minutes.
"We're all here to learn off each other and everyone has something to bring to the table."
Sandra Ann Prechtel, 49, of St. Marys, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Erie Wednesday on charges of tax evasion and mail fraud. The plea was entered before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Paradise Baxter.
The St. Marys area has a proud history of manufacturing, especially the production of powdered metal products for use in other industries. On Feb. 24, which is National Tortilla Chip Day, it seems apt to look more in-depth at MexAmerica Foods LLC, another local manufacturing company that is focused on making quality products, albeit edible ones.
Residents who dispose of their old computers at the county's monthly electronics collection can rest assured that the devices are being destroyed and their data is not accessible by any third parties. Bekki Titchner, recycling/solid waste coordinator, discussed this concern during the Solid Waste Authority's Tuesday afternoon meeting.
Titchner also informed authority members about a new group called Computer Games 4 Fun, which she indicated recently approached her about obtaining computers that had been dropped off to be recycled.
With a new state budget hopefully just around the corner, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission discussed the possibility of alterations to work practices as the entity progresses.
For Joe Demott, a McKean County commissioner and chairman of the commission's board of directors, change is needed as the committee moves ahead.