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February 9th, 2014
During a recent tour of the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, local historian Ray Beimel made stops by some of the graves of individuals with religious ties who are buried in the facility.
One of those people was the man responsible for building Decker's Chapel.Â
According to Beimel, Michael Decker Sr., a farmer who lived across from where Tractor Supply is currently located, injured himself and made a vow that resulted in the chapel's construction.Â
While Governor Corbett may have proposed an increase to the state education budget, St. Marys Area School District is not benefitting from the increase.
Although Corbett's preliminary budget is not set in stone the figures provide the school district an opportunity to start to build its budget and estimate what they anticipate receiving from the state and federal government, earned income and real estate.
SMASD's proposed 2014-15 budget is $9,782,347, an increase compared to the 2013-14 budget of $9,571,032.
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery is the final resting place of some of the founders of the community, and local historian Ray Beimel pointed out a few of their graves during a recent tour of the cemetery.Â
The first grave Beimel stopped at, which is located near the chapel, is that of John Walker.Â
SMETHPORT â€“ The Kane-based state police on Thursday filed multiple charges against Tieler Richard Raymo, 21, of Eldred, stemming from a February 2013 fatal crash in Smethport.
Raymo on Thursday was charged with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, and six summary traffic citations, all of which were filed in District Court 48-3-02.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney announced her plans to retire at the conclusion of her current contract ending on June 30, 2014. Kearney divulged the information during Thursday evening's SMASD Board of Directors workshop.
The board offered Kearney an extension on her contract to serve another year as superintendent, a gesture which she said she was "honored" by.
"After much deliberation and prayer, I have come to the decision that it is time for a new chapter in my life," Kearney stated in a letter addressed to the board.
Lunch prices within the St. Marys Area School District will be increasing 10 cents starting this fall for the 2014-15 school year.
The new costs will be $1.80 for elementary lunch, $2.05 for high school lunch, $2.10 for ala carte lunch and adult lunches to $3.25 as they were not raised last year.
SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney proposed this action during Thursday evening's school board workshop citing the federal guideline requiring school districts to raise their lunch rates at 10 cents per year until they reach $2.25.
There are few mausoleums in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, but many of the ones that are on the site have some tie to the Kaul family.Â
Local historian Ray Beimel discussed the cemetery's mausoleums during a recent tour of the facility.Â
One of the mausoleums located near the cemetery's chapel is the final resting place of Andrew Kaul I, who is buried there along with his wife Walburga, his daughter Bertha and her husband Sedgwick Kistler, Bertha and Sedgwick's daughter Gertrude Kistler, and Kaul's sons Andrew Kaul Jr. and Edward Kaul.Â
The Stackpole family plot is located in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery to the right of the Lynch Road entrance. It was here that local historian Ray Beimel began his recent tour of the cemetery.Â
"There are family plots in which a number of the same family are all buried together, and then there are individual burial plots," Beimel explained. "This one is a family plot and one of the most important people in St. Marys history is buried here."Â
This past Saturday evening, members of Cub Pack 180 in Weedville gathered at American Legion Post 978 for their annual dinner, and in conjunction with that event they honored Weedville resident Janet Beck, who has been involved with Boy Scouts of America for 40 years.
"This was a total surprise to me," Beck said. "Our district executive Irv Gable was there to say such kind words about my dedication to the Boy Scouts of America and also of course Cub Pack 180, which is also part of the Bucktail Council."
The Elk County Council on the Arts, better known as ECCOTA, is kicking off its 30th anniversary with their upcoming Annual Gala, set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway complete with a Dueling Piano show, a dueling artist event, prize drawing, new dessert auction and an award presentation.
"They are a blast. They're very entertaining and fun," Abbi Peters, ECCOTA executive director said of the returning piano tandem. "We will be doing other activities at the gala as this is our largest fundraiser of the year."