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During the St. Marys Area School Districtâ€™s re-organizational meeting, the school board approved numerous items.
Once again the board voted to continue to hold its regular meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the SMAHS library.
They also voted to use The Daily Press as the newspaper of general circulation to serve as the publication entity for district notices.
Under business affairs the board approved the districtâ€™s annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2010. Copies of the report are available in the business office.
According to statistics provided on the American Red Cross' website, as of 2006 there were around 9.5 million blood donors in the U.S., even though less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood. Blood cannot be manufactured and its only source is donors who participate in bloodmobiles such as ones run by the American Red Cross.
Pat Schwarzmueller, team supervisor for the American Red Cross bloodmobile operation that covers northwestern Pennsylvania, explained that only about five percent of the population actually donates blood on a regular basis.
The Elk County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday morning to re-adopt the Elk County Section 3 Action Plan.
The Section 3 Action Plan is required to be re-adopted every one to two years.
â€śElk County has a Section 3 Action Plan in place,â€ť said Community Devlopment Block Grant coordinator Tracy Gerber. â€śIt's a requirement of funding through Housing and Urban Development and any funding received through there.
â€śThere have been no changes to the plan.â€ť
Joe Collins, St. Marys Area School District Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, presented an update on various school programs at the latest school board meeting.
Under professional development, Collins provided board members with a listing of all Act 48 credited activities offered by the district.
Yesterday morning, the Elk County Commissioners presented the county's 2011 proposed budget with no tax increase.
In order to keep costs at a minimum, all offices were advised to plan for a zero percent increase in their 2011 budget.
By acquiring C/G Electrodes LLC and Seadrift Coke L.P., GrafTech International Holdings Inc. has become the largest producer of graphite electrodes in the world, according to Craig Shular, GrafTech Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Art connoisseurs now have a new venue to peruse at The Himes Art Gallery, which recently opened its doors on Nov. 26.
Located at 840 Shelvey Summit Rd. in Kersey, the family-owned gallery features acrylic and oil paintings, photographs, chalk drawings and nature scenes painted on small rocks and turkey feathers.
â€śThe gallery has a unique approach in selling fine gifts. It is where rustic meets fine art,â€ť said owner Ginger Himes. â€śWe are very excited about it and want to keep our prices reasonable.â€ť
Students at St. Marys Catholic Middle School are preparing to embark on a unique fundraiser. As part of their Heifer International Project, they are hoping to raise enough money to purchase an animal for an impoverished family.
Date: Monday, Dec. 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: City Hall
The first of two public hearings for the 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application was held Monday evening during the St. Marys City Council meeting.
"The purpose of the public hearing is to provide an explanation for the CDBG program and for citizens to participate in presenting ideas for the development of plans for the city," explained Tina Gradizzi, community and economic development coordinator.
Jeanette Donachy, president of the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township, commented on the recent activities of the society during the groupâ€™s 48th annual banquet held Sunday evening at the Diamond View Restaurant. The banquet commemorated the founding of Sancta Marienstadt on Dec. 8, 1842.
Donachy began by remarking that she was glad those in attendance could make it despite the weather conditions.