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May 8th, 2011
The St. Marys Walmart held its grand re-opening celebration Friday following a store redesign. A ribbon-cutting was held, and store associates presented $4,500 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to six local organizations: $250 for the Elk County Lions Club; $1,000 for the Fox Township Recreation Board; $1,000 to Keystone Elk Country Alliance; $1,000 to Mt. Zion Historical Society; $1,000 for Project Gifts for Elk County; and $250 to the Ridgway Area High School Yearbook Club.
During his sentencing hearing held Friday morning, Edward R. Kralik, 68, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the June 2010 homicide of Clayton Lecker of St. Marys.
Elk County President Judge Richard Masson presided over the hearing, which took place in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway, where many of Lecker's family members and friends were in attendance.
Pure Thirst, an organization founded by DuBois Central Catholic senior Matt Burnett and comprised of students from a number of area schools, successfully completed its goal earlier this year of raising $28,500 for the construction of a water filtration system in El Jaral, Honduras. Now the students are working to raise enough money to allow several of them to embark on a week-long mission trip to El Jaral on June 18 to dedicate the system and participate in service work throughout that community.
According to Matt Burnett, the water filtration system itself will cost roughly $22,500.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney reviewed the proposed budget for the 2011-12 school year during the SMASD Board of Directors workshop held Thursday evening.
Kearney began by explaining the reserve funds, specifically why the district's budgeted numbers and actual numbers may be different.
"We don't have the exact numbers because the state changes them and we have to estimate our earned income," Kearney said.
During a recent presentation held at St. Marys Area High School geared toward informing parents about current drug trends, Heidi Aikens, Prevention Supervisor for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., discussed some of the many signs of drug use and abuse.
During Wednesday evening's Fox Township Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Dave Mattiuz updated the board on additional changes made to the draft to the township's proposed saving plan ordinance.
"Something caused some concern about the report on the landfill's income," Mattiuz said.
He noted the income at Veolia Landfill, located in Fox Township, has not increased as anticipated. Mattiuz explained that if this trend continues the township will come out $200,000 below budget.
St. Marys Catholic Middle School (SMCMS) students recently participated in a contest, and in doing so, also raised money to help fight hunger locally.
Heidi Aikens, prevention supervisor for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., recently held a presentation for parents at St. Marys Area High School. Aikens focused a portion of her presentation on prescription medication safety, offering a variety of tips for individuals who may have potentially dangerous prescription medications in their homes.
Aikens advised attendees to first contact their doctor or pharmacist to find out if a prescription that they or a family member has been prescribed is considered to be dangerous.
Fifth graders from the St. Marys Area School District recently visited the St. Marys Area Middle School to take part in an orientation program to prepare them for their transition to the middle school in the fall. Part of that orientation program included a trip to the school's outdoor classroom.
Pam Patterson, the Biology 2 teacher at the St. Marys Area High School, supervised the program at the outdoor classroom and was assisted by several ninth graders from the high school.
Elk County Waterways Conservation Officer Thomas McMann presented the annual report from the PA Fish and Boat Commission for District 5046 during a recent community affairs meeting at the East Branch Clarion River Lake.
The report cites various statistics, activities and accomplishments within the district and covers activities conducted by the assigned Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO).
"Elk County is a remote and diversified district," McMann said. "Being the only Waterways Conservation Officer in the county, I have many people to thank for their help."