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October 13th, 2014
With Halloween only a few weeks away, the St. Marys Public Library is holding a Pumpkin Decorating Contest open to individuals of all ages. The decorating event will be held at the library tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m., though individuals can also decorate their pumpkins at home and bring them to the library.
All participants are asked to provide their own pumpkin, and each entry should be decorated based on the theme of a book of the entrant's choice.
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St. Marys Area School District will soon offer two pre-kindergarten programs as a result of $9.8 million in early education funding released by Governor Tom Corbett.
South St. Marys Street and Fox Township Elementary schools will host the classes, with 17 students each.
The programs will be offered through Cen-Clear Child Services, Inc., based in Philipsburg, which received $265,472 in funding.
Pre-K Counts is a program which provides families with pre-kindergarten educational program choices offered in a school, child care center, Head Start or nursery school.
The wages and hours of Title 1 tutors was brought to the attention of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors during their latest workshop.
"Somewhere between cafeteria monitors and custodians are Title 1 tutors and it just seems to me that's out of balance," said Matt Quesenberry, school board member. "I was just curious how it is that we arrived at that per hour wage and if we feel that's compatible with the responsibilities that we expect of those people."
Currently custodians wages start at $10/hour whereas tutors make $9/hour
ST. MARYS â€“ Jeff Beimel, an engineer from St. Marys, tried his hand at being a farmer when he set out to grow a giant pumpkin that he would be able to enter into an annual competition for giant pumpkins in Altoona.
This year, Beimel was able to fulfill his goal after he grew a pumpkin large enough to enter into the competition in just his second year attempting to do so.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, Beimel, his pumpkin and multiple members of "Team Beimel" traveled to Altoona to have the pumpkin weighed at the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Association's annual weigh-in.
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A savings of $20,000 is in store for the Fox Township Elementary School playground project as reported during Thursday evening's St. Marys Area School District board of directors workshop meeting.
Superintendent Brian Toth said the project budget is now considerably less than the district first anticipated at a cost of approximately $68,130. In September, the board approved contributing $38,130 to the project, equal to 55 percent of its funding.
The new project total is $39,000.
The savings is due to a decrease in equipment pricing.
The St. Marys Area Middle School gymnasium's future is bright pending approval of new LED lights.
At a cost of $10,070 the new system includes 42 lights which would replace the gym's current fluorescent lights.
The new LED lights only have to be replaced between every five to 15 years depending on use.
Dan Elder, an Aramark employee with the district, explained each year they replace 100 lamps at a cost of $500. It takes two workers two days working a total of 32 hours to complete the project.
RIDGWAY â€“ Thomas Pontzer announces that he is excited with the addition of a completely new business now utilizing one half of his downstairs main floor commercial space. 3 Geek Computers, LLC is now open at Pontzer's PEP Products place in the center of Main Street.
The owners, who each have vast experience in all the aspects of the computer business are Steve Latcovich of Ridgway, and Mike Mertz and Thomas Schreiber, both of St. Marys.