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April 13th, 2011

Kane Hardwood manager addresses Women in Timber

April 13, 2011

Connie Grenz, who is believed to be the first female to head a major wood-related business in the U.S., spoke Wednesday at the 13th annual Women in Timber Luncheon at the Kane Country Club.
Grenz is retiring at the end of the month after serving as general manager at Kane Hardwood for the past 11 years.
In moving from Kane back to her hometown of Vancouver, Wash., Grenz said she will be leaving "an incredible industry." She said she also will miss the people she has worked with and the friends she has made.
"It always falls down to people," Grenz said.

April 12th

Area parishes participate in Catholics Come Home program

April 12, 2011

Area residents by now may have noticed the advertisements airing on television encouraging inactive Catholics to return to the church through the Catholics Come Home program. The city's three parishes, Queen of the World, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's, are all participating in the initiative throughout Lent.
According to Fr. Michael Ferrick, pastor of Queen of the World Parish, the commercials first began running on Ash Wednesday and will continue until Easter.

Cellphones at the pump: myths debunked, but still a no-no

April 12, 2011

A sign at almost every gas pump in the United States warns customers about using cellphones or other electronic devices while refueling because the batteries inside can produce sparks that will ignite gasoline vapors. But does that really mean using your cellphone while you pump gas can cause an explosion?

Former C/G owner establishes scholarship for SMASD students

April 12, 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.

Ridgway man selected as Logger of the Year; Kersey man named finalist

April 12, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – 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."

April 11th

Nighttime 'explosion' likely not due to seismic testing

April 11, 2011

ST. MARYS – 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.

Kilhoffer pleads guilty to theft of county tax money

April 11, 2011

RIDGWAY – 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.

Tax increase anticipated for 2011-2012

April 11, 2011

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.

Students expelled following safety search

April 11, 2011

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.

April 10th

St. Marys Public Library to accept food for fines

April 10, 2011

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."

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