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May 3rd, 2015
A small plane veered out of control upon startup striking a portion of a building Sunday afternoon at the St. Marys Municipal Airport.
A pilot and his passenger escaped with only minor injuries.
The incident occurred as pilot Preston Hoopes of Ulysses in Potter County was reportedly having difficulty starting his plane. He reported to Alan McPherson, airport manager, that he exited the plane to slightly move the propellor which he said suddenly started although the key in the ignition was turned to the off position as was the master switch.
Two St. Marys businesses were recognized during the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Dinner held Friday evening at The Highlands.
Among those honored were Penn Pallet receiving the Business Achievement award and The River 98.9 receiving the Blight to Flight award.
Chamber Outreach Coordinator Ashley O'Dell introduced each award, provided information on the winner and presented an engraved plaque to recipients along with Chamber President Greg Stauffer.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Area residents will pause to reflect Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. for the annual National Day of Prayer event at the Courthouse Gazebo in downtown Ridgway.
St. Marys Area Middle School hosted their annual Civil War encampment on Friday.
This is the 15th year for the event which included 11 stations, the most of any encampment to date.
Forty-two reenactors participated in the event highlighting various aspects of the Civil War and that time period ranging from fashions, a blacksmith store, a medical doctor tent, a live mortar shoot, a canon demonstration, artillery education, a marching drill station, a gift shop, discussion with a Civil War author and readings of time period ghost stories.
Several subdivision applications were approved by St. Marys City Council.
Among them were a request from Hunt Oil Products, Inc. of Brusselles Street to divide two lots from a 2.38 acre parcel as separate lots for sale. Lot 1 is .91 acres, lot 2 is .38 acres and the residual parcel is 1.08 acres. All lots have an existing building on them with public water and sewage.
The residual parcel is accessed via a private 40 ft. wide street, which has frontage along the street.
A minor subdivision was approved for the Lanzel Trust on Wilson Road.
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St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard proposed inviting a Penn Highlands Elk representative to a council meeting to explain in more details some of the activity taking place at the hospital which will allow council an opportunity to ask questions.
Howard recently attended a meeting at PHE where CEO Rose Campbell explained their move to a critical access hospital (CAH), which are typically rural community hospitals according to the American Hospital Association.
"The hospital has been losing money historically for the last number of years," Howard said.
For the past 15 years, St. Marys Area Middle School has paid homage to the Civil War during annual encampments held at the school. The school's Civil War Club, under the director of teacher Cherri Gigliotti, hosts the event.
Gigliotti said this year's encampment is slated to be the school's biggest yet in terms of the number of activities and reenactors.
Students have the opportunity to experience what life was like during the Civil War era by visiting 11 stations situated inside and outside of the school, each focusing on a different aspect of the time period.
KANE â€“Â Tom Aiello of Kane is proud of his legacy.
By taking part in training classes taught by Aiello, thousands of volunteer firefighters across Pennsylvania and nearby states have learned the proper techniques for fighting structure fires.
Aiello, a longtime volunteer firefighter himself, has been a state-certified fire instructor since 1969. He is retiring with the title of senior master instructor-- the highest level given in the state. He now is referred to as fire instructor emeritus.
On Tuesday evening, the academic excellence of St. Marys Area High School juniors and seniors was celebrated as students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
Among those honored were 38 first-year junior members, 26 second-year senior members and three senior first-year members in both the NHS Dr. Walter Black Chapter and the Dennis J. Driscoll National Technical Honor Society.
The ceremony began with the grand march of students into SMA's Carpin Auditorium followed by the lighting of the torch of knowledge by Megan Henderson and Madison Quesenberry.