February 6th, 2014
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 Elk County Catholic Crusaders extended their winning streak to 13 games as they defeated the visiting Brookville Raiders 60-46 on Tuesday night at ECCHS.
The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch a 61-34 District 9 League loss Tuesday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven on Senior Night.
Bonita A. â€śBonnieâ€ť Morelli, 59, of 346 South Kersey Rd., Kersey, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at her home after a long and valiant fight with cancer.
She was born July 16, 1954 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Silvio and Onorina DeCecchis Cesa. She was a lifelong resident of the area, was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1972, and was a 1980 graduate of Jeff Tech Nursing School. She had been an employee of Sylvania, Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital, the Ridgway Hospital, the former Family Planning Center in Ridgway, and was a nurse for the St. Marys Area School District.
Carmen A. Holmes, 59, a former St. Marys resident, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in Wales, U.K.
She was born Oct. 17, 1954 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. She was a graduate of high school in Puerto Rico and of the University of San Juan. She was a former employee of Spherion in St. Marys.
Mrs. Holmes served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as an M.P., was an avid bingo player, enjoyed using the computer and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
On Aug. 31, 1973, in Alabama, she married Timothy J. Holmes, who preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 2006.
Edmund Frayne Adamson Sr., 88, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at the Communities at Indiana Haven.
He was born July 21, 1925 in Washington Township, Indiana County, son of George Edward and Molly Lillie (Jewart) Adamson.
Surviving is his grandson, Thomas Steis and his mother, Sherry Steis, both of Johnsonburg; a brother, Gerald E. Adamson and his wife Virginia â€śJeanâ€ť Adamson of Homer City; and many nieces and nephews.
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."