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March 20th, 2014

Survey seeks input on superintendent search

March 20, 2014

As the St. Marys Area School District conducts a search for its next superintendent, the Board of School Directors hopes to involve the public by collecting input on the subject via a survey on the school district's website at www.smasd.org.
A link to the brief survey can be found on the website's homepage or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StMarysArea.
The survey was available beginning March 14 through March 28, 2014.

Tracy L. Hartman

March 20, 2014

Tracy L. Hartman, 35, of Pontzer Ave., St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
She was born on May 29, 1978 in St. Marys, a daughter of Garrett "Gary" and Pamela (Perkins) Hartman, of St. Marys.
Tracy was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1996, where she had been very active in the color guard. She had worked at several area businesses, most recently at GKN. She had a great love for her children and her animals and will always be remembered for her kindness, generosity and big heart. 

Applications received for Jay Twp. boards

March 20, 2014

WEEDVILLE – Applications have been received for vacancies on Jay Township's Sewer Authority Board and the Water Authority Board, according to supervisors at Thursday night's Board of Supervisors meeting. Murray Lilley applied to the Sewer Authority Board, and no motion was made for appointment. Both Lilley and Ronna Rebo applied to the Water Authority Board. No motion was made to appoint either applicant, but it was specified that Rebo's application must be tabled until the next meeting because her application was submitted the previous night.

Ridgway native pens children's book

March 20, 2014

Ridgway native Kristen Van Aken, postmaster of the Passumpsic, Vt. Post Office, recently authored a children's book entitled "Pigs! Under the Post Office?"
Based off a real-life situation of pigs living under a carriage house in the process of being converted into a post office, Van Aken penned the whimsical tale of three pigs who sneak into the basement of Postmaster Peachums' office. Matthew Gauvin is the illustrator for the book.

March 19th

Teresa A. Ferragine

March 19, 2014

Teresa A. Ferragine, 74, of 185 Center St., Elk Towers, St. Marys, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born Feb. 2, 1940 in Elmhurst, N.Y., daughter of the late John and Catherine Moriarty Becce. She was a graduate of Flushing High School, Class of 1958. She had been a resident of St. Marys since 1972 and was a former employee of the American Red Cross.
Mrs. Ferragine was a member of the Good Shepard Lutheran Church.

Major crash shuts down Boot Jack

March 19, 2014

RIDGWAY TWP. – A multi-vehicle crash Wednesday morning shut down state Route 219 for over two and a half hours after a head-on collision with a loaded coal truck spilled debris over the two-lane roadway near 15926 Boot Jack Road (SR 219) in Ridgway Township.
Ridgway Ambulance and Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) were called out at 11:12 a.m. for a report of an overturned coal truck in a head-on collision.

Beloved orphan "Annie" melts hearts in SMA musical

March 19, 2014

The sun will come out tomorrow for the cast of "Annie" as the St. Marys Area High School Music and Theatre Departments present the popular broadway musical opening tonight with additional performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the school's Carpin Auditorium.
Tickets are available at the door.
"We thought it was time to bring back a classic, familiar musical that everybody can enjoy," said Christopher Gankosky, musical director. "This year you will find that it is a fresh take on a popular musical and you will be entertained from the first downbeat to the closing curtain."

March 18th

Eraldo "Hoss" Scacchitti

March 18, 2014

Eraldo "Hoss" Scacchitti, 56, of 649 Downing Ct., Erie, and formerly of St. Marys, died unexpectedly Monday, March 17, 2014 at the UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie.
He was born June 28, 1957 in St. Marys, son of Gustavo (Gino) and Menina (Minnie) DeLuca Scacchitti.
He was a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School, Class of 1975, a graduate of Gannon University in 1979, and received his master's degree from Gannon University in 1982. He was employed by Gannon University. He was a proud member of the TKE fraternity and enjoyed crossword puzzles and texting.

Robert J. Foster

March 18, 2014

Robert J. Foster, 69, of 124 Lafayette St., St. Marys, died Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Penn Highlands Elk Hospital.
He was born Feb. 15, 1945 in St. Marys, son of the late George J. and Helen Beimel Foster. On Feb. 14, 1970, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Mary L. Simbeck, who survives.

City to apply for Early Intervention Program

March 18, 2014

St. Marys City Council unanimously approved for the city to apply for the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Early Intervention Program (EIP).
The program provides matching grant funds to assist municipalities experiencing fiscal difficulties to develop comprehensive multi-year financial plans and establish short and long-term financial objectives.
It offers up to $100,000 for 50 percent of total project costs for the development and implementation of multi-year financial management programs and strategies.

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