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January 12th, 2015

School board considering restructuring debt

January 12, 2015

The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors were informed about the options available to the district regarding the restructuring of its debt.
Les Bear and Dan O'Brien of Robert W. Baird Co., a financial advising company, presented information to the board during its Monday evening meeting.
"St. Marys is close to being debt free," Bear said.
Current projections show the school could be out of debt in 2018.
It is the board's goal to solidify projects and check with their bond council and bond agency before taking any action.

VIDEO: Dick LeBeau resigns as Steelers defensive coordinator

January 12, 2015

VIDEO: Dick LeBeau resigns as Steelers defensive coordinator
The Pro Football Hall of Fame player and legendary coach told the Urbana Daily Citizen that the parting was "mutual."

January 11th

Digitizing society's collection continues

January 11, 2015

For the past several years, a handful of college-age students have spent their summers copying old photographs and documents, making sure the scanned images are properly sized, annotated, and saved in the correct location, before continuing the process as they make their way through what, at times, likely seems like endless family files that make up the collection of the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township.

Competitive Spirit Championships held Saturday

January 11, 2015

The St. Marys Area High School competition cheerleading squad is shown performing during the District 9 Competitive Spirit Championships on Saturday at DuBois Area High School.

January 9th

YMCA holds grand opening for revitalization project

January 9, 2015

The Ridgway YMCA held its grand opening on Friday to celebrate the completion of the revitalization project that started in 2010.
The grand opening, complete with tours of the facility, refreshments and community bonding, lasted from noon until 5 p.m., and it will continue today from 8 a.m. until noon.
Representatives from the project were on hand at the YMCA, allowing the community to come and view the completed project, which included a remodeled pool and brand new equipment in the fitness area.

Winter animal care entails proper sheltering, nutrition

January 9, 2015

Dogs, cats and other animals are not immune to the cold as may be a misconception because of their fur coats.
By taking a few precautions and using common sense, pet owners can keep their dogs safe this winter.
Jenn Vallimont, a recreational dog musher residing in Kersey, has vast experience with caring for dogs in cold weather.
She also draws on her training in animal science, which she earned a masters degree in from Penn State University, to focus on nutrition, behavior, physiology and much more with her dog team.

Crash on SR 219

January 9, 2015

Elk Company 2, Ridgway Ambulance, and Rescue 412 were called out at 12:41 p.m. Friday afternoon to a single vehicle accident at 5902 Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road (Route 219). A car had left the road, went over the guard rail and into the front yard.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Things to Know for Today

January 9, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Things to Know for Today

January 8th

Pet owners advised of dangers to animals left outside

January 8, 2015

The gut wrenching photos of dogs left outside in the cold circulating throughout social media and on television have helped raise awareness of proper winter pet care.
"Basically if you're cold, they're cold. They can get frostbite just like people," said Karen Cappiello, Elk County humane officer.
While some dogs are better equipped to handle the cold weather than others, the fact is that more dogs perish in the winter than at any other time of the year.
Frostbite, hypothermia and antifreeze poisoning present the biggest winter threats to pets.

Sony hack raises cyber security concerns

January 8, 2015

The November 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment has raised concerns about cyber security on a national and local level.
"I think that 90 percent of it can be protected against with knowledge," Aaron Simbeck, owner of a computer repair and consulting business in St. Marys, said. "Stay away from advertisements, use passwords, don't publish your passwords online and don't save your passwords on your computer in a text document. If you're playing games and you're getting popups, don't click them."

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