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November 13th, 2013
Residents of the city of St. Marys will see no tax increase in the 2014 proposed budget.
Members of City Council along with additional city staff discussed details of the budget during a recent special meeting. Formal approval to advertise the budget will take place at the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 18.
The 2014 budget is $6,065,635, an increase from the 2013 budget of just over $94,000 equal to about 2 percent.
Veterans attending the Community Nurses Adult Day Services program were honored on Veterans Day.
Elk County Veterans Affairs Office Director Leslie Neal presented each of them with an American flag which was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. along with a certificate of appreciation and an American flag pin. Kathy Renaud, LPN, Community Nurses Adult Day Services director said while the adult day center honors their veterans each year, this was the first time they were presented with American flags.
Recent published reports indicate the Elk County Catholic School System is among 14 school districts in the region which have purchased a controversial beef product through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
The "lean finely textured beef " (LFTB) is on a federally approved list of items suitable for consumption in schools. It is made up of about 65 percent fat. The product is created when manufacturers use scrap pieces of meat which are ground up and treated with ammonia hydroxide before being frozen. Up to 15 percent of that mixture is then added to beef products.
Long-term school directors are being honored across the state by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) during local school board meetings. This includes three outgoing members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors recognized during Monday evening's meeting as they conclude their terms on the board.
It was a chilly and blustery morning on Monday, but that did not stop a number of area residents from making their way to the Diamond for the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service, which began promptly at 11 a.m.
Though the day was dreary and overcast this year, unlike last year which saw sunshine and blue skies, Master of Ceremonies Victor Straub began his remarks by commenting that at least it was not precipitating.
Victor C. Straub, a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col., not only served as the master of ceremonies for Monday morning's Veterans Day Memorial Service on the Diamond but also took a few moments to offer a brief reflection on the meaning of Veterans Day during the program.
"Veterans Day is a day for more than simply remembering," Straub said. "It's a time for considering what our veterans of the nation's wars from the Revolution down to the present have meant to the preservation and enhancement of our national and individual freedom and independence."
Once again the St. Marys Area High School hosted their annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday afternoon. Numerous veterans from each branch of the Armed Forces were on hand as honored guests sitting onstage at the ceremony.
New this year to the ceremony was the acknowledgement of veterans related to students and staff. Joe Schlimm, SMAHS vice-principal, recited a list of the 121 school district family members who have had relatives serve in the military and their relationship to the veteran. Schlimm's presentation was accompanied by a military video and music.
In honoring our military veterans the St. Marys Area High School hosted their annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday afternoon during which a guest speaker, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Donna J. (Wickett) Ragland of St. Marys, emphasized the role veterans have played in securing our valued freedoms and liberties.
Ragland began her military career early, enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1975 during her senior year at Elk County Christian High School. She attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
nformation on elk harvest totals for Friday was unavailable, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced on their Facebook page on Friday morning that all of the 26 antlered elk tags issued this year had been filled by the end of the day on Thursday.
At that time, 26 hunters still had the opportunity to harvest antlerless animals by the end of the weeklong hunt, which concludes today. A total of 60 antlerless tags were awarded this season.
St. Marys City Council members voted unanimously to increase water consumption fees 10 cents in order to generate sufficient revenue to balance the sewage treatment fund budget. This fee was last raised in 2005.
A total of $23,139 is currently being taken out of the cash reserve fund to balance the sewage fund budget. This increase, based on the system's 4,565 customers, would equal a revenue of $32,380, enough to balance the sewage fund's 2014 budget.