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June 15th, 2011
Local residents will forget casual Friday when there is Fireworks "Fun"draising Friday, taking place June 17 in the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot as part of an effort to raise funds for St. Marys' annual firework display on July 2 at the St. Marys Golf Club.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., patrons are encouraged to drop off firework donations while enjoying a free hot dog, donated by Pfaffs Market, and a beverage, donated by First Commonwealth Bank. Drive-thru donations are also welcome.
Members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors, along with school principals, observed a moment of silence on Thursday evening during their regular workshop, in remembrance of students Allen Gursky and Stephen Glatt, who were killed in a fatal ATV accident on Wednesday evening.
"We are extremely saddened by this tragedy and extend our sincere condolences to their families and friends," said Ann Kearney, superintendent.
The main focus of the meeting was a discussion on efforts to increase revenue and decrease expenses.
JAY TWP. â€“Â Two area teenagers were killed Wednesday evening following an ATV crash that occurred at 9:45 p.m. along Mt. Zion Road, 1,542 feet east of Old Dodge Road. According to a report issued by the Ridgway-based Pennsylvania State Police, the crash occurred as a 2010 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO was traveling east on Mt. Zion Road, which is a gravel-improved dirt roadway. The ATV was occupied by a 16-year-old driver of St. Marys and his 16-year-old male passenger of Weedville.
The 2011 Relay for Life of Elk County is offering a wide variety of activities and entertainment, all of which are open to the public. The event begins today at the Fox Township Community Park in Kersey and runs until tomorrow at noon.
In an effort to keep walkers on their feet, Mike Scolari is providing music as the DJ throughout the two days.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Recreation Department will be offering free art lessons at Kaulmont Park for area youth this summer.
The lessons will be taught by Liz Dippold, an art education major who will be entering her senior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dippold, who has worked at Kaulmont and Memorial parks during the past few summers, said she is hoping to help students explore their talent and love for art while they learn proper drawing and painting techniques.
It should come as no surprise to area residents that our local youth can be quite creative, especially when it comes to helping others. Toward the end of the 2010-2011 school year, sophomores from Elk County Catholic High School proved this through the completion of "Pay It Forward" projects.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon along Plum Street at the future site of the Bennetts Valley Senior Center.
According to Kevin Wolfel, the general contractor on the project, work on the new facility is expected to begin next week and construction of the 3,300-square-foot facility is expected to take between five and six and a half months. Wolfel has been working as a consultant on the project for the past three years and noted that he is contracted for a seven-month period, though he did not anticipate construction taking that long.
Bill Orzechowski, executive director of the Office of Human Services in Ridgway, addressed the sizable crowd that gathered along Plum Street in Jay Township on Wednesday afternoon for the groundbreaking ceremony for the community's new senior center.
Orzechowski referred to the event as an "exciting day" and "a special day in the life of the Valley and a special day in the life of the Bennetts Valley Senior Center."
He remarked that it was especially noteworthy that a new facility was being constructed with the purpose of being a senior center.
The American Cancer Society Elk County Chapter received the Platinum Award recognizing the organization as the sixth best chapter for income growth in 2009-10 as presented by The Pennsylvania Division, Inc. Income Development.
In 2010 the Relay for Life of Elk County raised just over $81,000, surpassing their goal of $62,000.
Susan Babik of St. Marys, income development specialist for the American Cancer Society's East Central Division, including Elk County, said the organization hopes to raise $86,000.
Elk County Planning Commission Director Matt Quesneberry noted during Wednesday afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bennetts Valley senior center that until recently, he thought heights were his only fear.
"[That was the case] until I was invited to speak here this afternoon, and I realized my second fear was saying 'no' to an under-five-foot senior citizen from the Valley," Quesenberry said of Bennetts Valley Senior Center President Dolores Youngmark.