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April 14th, 2015

Anderson applauded by St. Marys school board

April 14, 2015

St. Marys Area High School junior Devin Anderson was acknowledged by the SMASD board of directors as having been chosen the Pennsylvania American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year.
Superintendent Brian Toth presented the 17-year-old with a presidential pin of excellence for his achievement.

Johnston resigns from Jay Twp. Water Authority

April 14, 2015

JAY TWP. – Eric Johnston stepped down as a township employee, announcing at Tuesday night's water authority meeting that this would be his last week working for the township.
"I would like to thank the previous board members who gave me an opportunity to work here," Johnston said, adding that he had more to say but that board member Jeremy Rippey wasn't present.
Immediately following the meeting, Johnston shared his comments on the absent member.

April 13th

New SMASD budget boasts no tax increase

April 13, 2015

The St. Marys Area School District board of directors unanimously approved the district's 2015-2016 preliminary budget with no tax increase to area residents.
It will be on display in the SMASD business office, located at the high school, for the next 30 days. It may also be viewed on the district's website at www.smasd.org.
The budget will receive final approval in June. The district's total operating budget is just over $26 million.
According to SMASD Superintendent Brian Toth, the budget remains a "working budget" between now and June in which the board may choose to change it.

Fire drop aircraft dispatched for brush fire in Jay Township

April 13, 2015

JAY TWP. – An air tanker dispatched by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources made several passes dumping water on a brush fire Monday afternoon near 3077 River Rd. in Jay Township.
A spokesperson for DCNR said the fire was mostly contained as of 5 p.m. Monday and that the cause is still under investigation.

Martin Road resident charged in child custody altercation

April 13, 2015

Charges were filed against a Martin Road resident after a witness reported observing a girl screaming for help as a man forcefully walked her into a house in a bear hug.
Matthew John Cunningham, 27, of 209 Martin Rd., St. Marys, is charged with misdemeanor offenses of recklessly endangering another person and false imprisonment, and the summary offense of harassment.

April 12th

Coal room ignites in Rosely Rd. home

April 12, 2015

An explosion in a coal room of a Rosely Road home late Saturday morning damaged a residence in St. Marys.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and St. Marys Ambulance were called out at 11:22 a.m. Saturday to 1366 Rosely Rd. for what 911 dispatchers described as an explosion at the residence.

State Route 120 first used by Native Americans

April 12, 2015

The earliest makings of what is now state Route 120 (SR 120) was a trail used by North American Indians to cross the continental divide between the Susquehanna and Allegheny rivers, according to the Elk County Historical Society.
The western Pennsylvania section of the trail would have been established by the Erie tribe, a sub tribe of Indians who spoke the Iroquoian language but were destroyed and dispersed by the northern Iroquois for helping refugees from the enemy of the Iroquois, the Huron Indians, during the Beaver Wars, a battle over hunting grounds for the fur trade.

April 10th

Benefit performance demonstrates outpouring of support

April 10, 2015

A packed audience was in attendance Friday evening in the Ridgway Area High School auditorium for the "Elk County Performs for Chloe" benefit performance.

April designated as National Donate Life month

April 10, 2015

Currently, 123,000 men, women and children are on the waiting list to receive a life-saving organ transplant with a new name added to that list every 10 minutes. Each day at least 18 people will die without receiving an organ.
These surprising statistics and the topic of organ donation may not often be discussed among families, however, it is the goal of organizations like the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) to raise awareness of the issue.

Library accepting Food for Fines next week

April 10, 2015

The St. Marys Public Library will be holding its annual Food for Fines program next week, April 13-18, as part of National Library Week. The popular program has been held for a number of years.
Through Food for Fines, library patrons who owe fines because of overdue items can bring in nonperishable food items to have those fines reduced or eliminated entirely.
"If people have any current fines, for every canned food item they bring in we'll take $1 worth of fines off of their account," said Leslie Swope, director of the St. Marys Public Library.

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