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Residents looking to dispose of items such as wrapping paper and Christmas cards after the holiday season have another option instead of simply throwing the material in the trash. Bekki Titchner, county recycling coordinator, explained that these items and more are accepted at the Community Recycling Center in St. Marys.
Young parishioners at Shiloh Presbyterian Church in St. Marys are preparing for their Christmas musical, â€śAll I Want for Christmas,â€ť taking place Sunday evening at 6 p.m. inside the churchâ€™s Christian Education Center on Washington Street.
The public is invited to attend the musical, which features Sunday school children and members of the churchâ€™s Youth Group.
â€śThis is a great play to have a lot of kids in. I feel it has a great story and is a different way to present the Lordâ€™s coming,â€ť said director Sharon Wiest, wife of Shiloh Presbyterian Pastor Scott Wiest.
BENEZETTE â€“Â People venturing to the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette are encouraged to contribute to an ongoing project that the center has undertaken for the holiday season.
St. Marys Area High Schoolâ€™s DECA Club had an impressive showing at the District 1 Competition, as over 30 members advanced to the State Leadership Conference taking place in Hershey from Feb. 23-25, 2011.
Approximately 145 DECA students from throughout the region recently gathered at The Royal Inn in Ridgway for the district competition.
DECA Clubs from McDowell, Bradford and St. Marys high schools participated, along with students enrolled at Jeff Tech and Venango Technical Center.
Christmas in Kentucky founder Laura Kuntz, of St. Marys, recently returned from her annual trip to Beattyville, KY, where she helped distribute donated gifts to needy families.
According to Anne Herzing, a coordinator for the Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Holiday Concert Band's Christmas concert, over 250 people attended Saturday evening's concert, which was held this year at Sacred Heart Church.
Volunteers are already hard at work preparing for the the St. Marys Area Christmas Day Dinner, an annual event that has been bringing together area residents to celebrate the holiday for 16 years.
Volunteer Vada Liptak founded the event with her friend and former St. Marys resident Shirley Alexander, and continues to be deeply involved in the project. She said the gathering is sponsored by the community, for the community, for people who would otherwise be alone for Christmas dinner or are unable to prepare dinner on their own.
Helping Hands of St. Marys, the Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720, and other area residents placed 2,000 wreaths on veterans' graves in St. Marys and Kersey cemeteries on Saturday as part of the Wreaths Across America project, which seeks to honor deceased military members during the holiday season by placing wreaths on their grave sites as a remembrance of their service to the country. Through the generosity of area citizens and donations by several groups, Helping Hands and the Vietnam Veterans came very close to their goal of 2,300 wreaths.
SMETHPORT â€“ The alleged killer of a 21-year-old pregnant woman in Bradford in 2009 was ready Thursday to finalize a plea agreement that most likely would send him to state prison for life.
But the deal hit a sudden snag at a hearing in the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport, when defendant Thomas Paul Haggie claimed he failed to take medication that is prescribed for his mental issues.
County President Judge John Pavlock said he is "concerned" that Haggie "may not understand what's going on" because the defendant allegedly skipped the daily pills prescribed by a Bradford psychiatrist.
At their recent meeting, members of the St. Marys City Council discussed and took action on several different agenda items.
Tina Gradizzi, Community and Economic Development Coordinator, approached council requesting approval of guidelines for the HOME program.