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November 9th, 2010
On Monday evening, the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved a motion to renovate the front of the high school. The project includes the replacement of all of the front exterior doors and every other window section, with the exception of those sections containing glass blocks.
The total cost of the project is $189,914, a significantly smaller amount compared to the previously quoted $284,000. Johnson Controls, Inc. will complete the work, along with KTH Architects.
Members of city council held their third and final budget meeting on Monday evening and were able to balance the city's 2011 budget. According to Carol Muhitch, city finance director, after the cutbacks made by council and city employees, the 2011 budget will contain around a $100 increase to residents' real estate property taxes.
Healthcare is a fast-growing career throughout the nation and particularly in Pennsylvania. The demand for skilled health-care workers often exceeds the supply of people with the proper training.
In an effort to help area residents explore careers in the healthcare industry and learn more about what kinds of jobs might be available, Pa. CareerLink is holding an informative program that will feature presentations by area healthcare employers and local educational and training facilities on Friday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at the St. Marys CareerLink office, located at 301 Depot St.
Over the past two years, local author John Schlimm of St. Marys has been working with Harrahâ€™s Entertainment in producing the newly released â€śThe Seven Stars Cookbookâ€ť, featuring recipes from world-class casino restaurants.
The 320-page hardcover, coffee table book is an upscale publication featuring 25 recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, menu ideas and facts about the companyâ€™s history and operations.
Over 100 glossy photos capture the essence of the dishes, which were obtained from nearly 100 chefs from each of Harrahâ€™s three dozen properties across the U.S.
City councilman Dick Dornisch recently suggested that his fellow council members consider enacting an ordinance that would prohibit Marcellus gas wells or frac ponds from being located within at least a half-mile of residential areas within the city.
Dornisch brought up the issue as a topic for discussion at council's most recent meeting and asked his fellow council members to simply consider the matter and be prepared to discuss it further at their next meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15.
For more information on this story see the Nov. 8 edition of The Daily Press.
Once again donations are being sought for the â€śChristmas in Kentuckyâ€ť program, established by St. Marys resident Laura Kuntz.
For the past 15 years, Kuntz, a kindergarten teacher at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School, has been collecting Christmas gifts and making the 10-hour-trip to Beattyville, KY, in Lee County, where a local contact helps in distributing the donated gifts.
Each year, Kuntz and a Kentucky-based social worker compile wish lists for numerous needy families.
Members of the St. Marys City Council continued their discussion on the city's 2011 budget on Thursday evening, making a number of cuts in an effort to reduce the budget deficit and the resulting tax increase that would be imposed on city residents.
According to Carol Muhitch, city finance director, if the budget were to be approved as it is right now, city residents would likely be facing around a $138 increase to their real estate property tax in 2011.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney provided updates on various programs during the school boardâ€™s workshop on Thursday evening.
Next week the district will conduct field testing for the Keystone Exams. They have been requested to participate in the field testing for Algebra I.
In the spring, the district will conduct Keystone Exams in Algebra I, Biology and Literature. The tests will be given to students who have finished those corresponding courses.
â€śWe are permitted to give these exams as low as sixth grade if they have completed the course,â€ť explained Kearney.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally funded, community service and work-based training program that provides subsidized job training and employment opportunities for people age 55 and older who are unemployed or whose employment outlook is poor. Through SCSEP, older individuals can benefit by becoming more economically self-sufficient, and businesses benefit by being able to make use of qualified and reliable employees.
Free parking will once again be provided this year for shoppers throughout downtown St. Marys during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as on Light Up Night. Depot Street will also be closed to through traffic on Light Up Night between 7:30 and 9 p.m. so that hay rides can be offered.