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December 14th

SMA students take top awards at DECA competition

December 14, 2010

St. Marys Area High School’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.

December 13th

Christmas in Kentucky program a success

December 13, 2010

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.

Over 250 people attend Christmas concert

December 13, 2010

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.

December 12th

Community invited to Christmas dinner

December 12, 2010

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.

Wreaths to honor veterans

December 12, 2010

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.

December 10th

Deal for alleged killer hits a snag

December 10, 2010

SMETHPORT – 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.

Council considers legislative action matters

December 10, 2010

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.

December 9th

NJS Symphonic Band holiday concert Saturday

December 9, 2010

The Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Symphonic Band will present a holiday concert this Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. The band will be conducted by Chris Gankowski, band director at the St. Marys Area High School.
Anne Herzing, daughter of the late Nicholas J. Sinibaldi, noted that this is the first year that the family-oriented concert will be held in a church.
"Sacred Heart, first of all, is one of the older churches [in the community]. Also, the fact is that my dad liked Sacred Heart. He always thought it was a very beautiful church," Herzing said.

School board approves business items, personnel

December 9, 2010

During the St. Marys Area School District’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 district’s annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2010. Copies of the report are available in the business office.

December 8th

Red Cross always looking for blood donors

December 8, 2010

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.

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