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March 1st, 2011
RIDGWAY - County officials discussed the possibility of saving over $40,000 a year by making county buildings more energy-efficient during a Tuesday morning board of commissioners meeting.
"We started on this over a year ago and we're working under the umbrella of the Department of General Services out of Harrisburg on an energy update project," said Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator for the county's planning department. "We want to make the county buildings as energy-efficient as we can under the GESA Act, the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act.
In recognition of Girl Scouts Week, taking place March 6-12, local leaders have organized an array of activities for girl scouts and their families.
This weekend, a Family Day will be held at the Apollo Theatre in downtown St. Marys. Doors will open at 3 p.m., with the movie Rango beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The City of St. Marys Police Department and Dickinson Children's Prevention Services recently teamed up to host an internet safety program entitled "Protecting Kids Online." The presentation took place Wednesday evening in the Elk County Catholic High School auditorium.
In the summer of 1965, Leo Ehrensberger of St. Marys was an accounting major at St. Vincent College when he accompanied some friends out on a Friday night. On a whim, they decided to take an assessment being offered the next day for the Peace Corps.
"About three or four months later, four of us got letters that said we were accepted," Ehrensberger said.
The Elk County Conservation discussed becoming involved with the Source Water Protection Technical Assistance Program [SWPTAP] offered by the Department of Environmental Protection during Monday night's meeting.
"We have a new fellow by the name of Jacob Moore who works down at the regional office-- he is an environmental planner and he's come to us filling a position that has been empty for about two years," said conservation district field representative John M. Green. "Jake has hit the ground running in our office and it looks like he has some big things going on there."
On Sunday afternoon, members of this year's Confirmation class presented Betsy Roberts, treasurer of the St. Marys Christian Food Bank, with a check for over $5,500 that they raised for the organization through their "Souper Bowl" collection at area churches on Super Bowl Sunday. The students collected donations following that weekend's Masses at all three Catholic churches in St. Marys, as well as at the chapel at Elk County Catholic High School following a Saturday evening service.
Former St. Marys resident Jenn Steele, along with numerous relatives including cousins Margie and Nick Fritz, Sara and Ray Shaffer and Christa Fritz-Gainar, all of St. Marys, were among those who witnessed the recent NASA Discovery space shuttle launch on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at 4:53 p.m. The pristine weather provided for ideal viewing of the launch along central Florida's space coast, home to Kennedy Space Center. The Expedition 26 crew's 11-day mission includes two spacewalks in order to conduct maintenance work and install new components.
The winter weather impacting the area Friday morning failed to deter residents from venturing to Dunham's Sports, which officially opened for business following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. The business is located along S. St. Marys Street in the storefront formerly occupied by St. Marys Chevrolet.
Dunham's offers a variety of recreational equipment, including athletic apparel, footwear, general athletics items, and hunting items.
Chainsaw Carver Brett McLain, 34, of Fredon, N.J., not only creates unique wood carvings but works to promote other carvers' work as part of his business, Freehand Custom Carving, which he established six years ago.
"We host carvers from all over the country and all over the world at our shop," McLain said. "We are continuing to create a budget to push the envelope of standard chainsaw carvings."
McLain is a veteran of the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, having participated in the "vous" in the last 11 of its 12 years.
St. Marys Area School District principals were recently presented with Keystone Achievement Awards, signifying each school's achievement in reaching adequate yearly progress (AYP).
South St. Marys Street, Fox Township and Bennetts Valley Elementary schools, along with St. Marys Area Middle and High schools, were among the state's schools receiving the awards.