May 20th, 2015
Eugene DePasquale, current auditor general of Pennsylvania, visited the area Wednesday to discuss his office's recent findings.
"We're lucky enough to have good stories about what we do and how some of the things we do can help the state budget as well as all over the state, and the kids as well," he said. "Many of the things that we find, I have to come and tell the story because the leverage of the auditor general is the soapbox; we do the audits but they're not mandated so we have get our work out to the public."
For the first time in a few years, there was no threat of rain Wednesday night as volunteers gathered at both the Catholic and Protestant cemeteries to place flags at the graves of deceased members of the armed forces.
"It's a little cool, but it's nice," said Tom Price, Sergeant-in-Charge of the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail.
RIDGWAY â€“ CAPSEA, Inc. (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse), through funding provided by the Elk County Children and Youth Services, will be hosting a free 12-week Incredible Years workshop series that will be open to parents in Elk and Cameron counties.
This particular workshop series provided by CAPSEA will focus on parents with children between ages 2 and 8, but Billie Jo Weyant, CAPSEA executive director, said that CAPSEA plans to expand the program in the future to cover kids of all ages.
Incumbent Republican Elk County Commissioners Dan Freeburg and Jan Kemmer won the nomination in Tuesday's primary election.
They will be on the ballot in November alongside Democrats Matt Quesenberry and Ron Beimel.
Quesenberry, director of the county's planning department and a member of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors, had a strong showing from his fellow Democrats with 1,494 votes. He garnered the most votes in the commissioners race overall.
With Memorial Day weekend approaching, the St. Marys Community Pool is preparing to open for its summer season.
Weather permitting, the pool will be open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 1-5 p.m. It will then be closed Tuesday through Friday next week before opening again for the weekend, with hours of operation once again being 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. The pool will then close again until it opens for the summer on Saturday, June 6.
This year marked the eighth in a row that the Shade Tree Commission has given fourth grade students in St. Marys tree saplings in conjunction with Arbor Day. What made the occasion extra special is that this also marks the year when the very first group of students to receive trees will graduate from high school.
Rick Gabler, a member of the Shade Tree Commission and an instructor at St. Marys Area High School, recently polled 42 of the seniors at SMAHS and found that the trees given to nearly one fifth of that small sampling of students were still alive and thriving.
A lengthy discussion took place about the status of the Penn Highlands Elk (PHE) hospital facility during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting. PHE President Rose Campbell presented a wide variety of information to council which was followed by questions and comments from members of council and the audience.
Joining Campbell at the meeting was Raymond Graeca, Penn Highlands chief executive officer.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is looking at the possibility of purchasing property that abuts their current piece of land in St. Marys that will be used for a new recycling center.
They previously purchased roughly 1.3 acres from North Central Enterprise for $11,000. St. Marys Holdings reportedly owns land abutting the property and is in the process of developing the site. There is a 1.879 acre parcel of land that will not be used in the development that is being offered to the authority.
RIDGWAY â€“ May was proclaimed National Mental Health Month in 2013 by President Barack Obama in an effort to bring the issue of mental health to the forefront of the country's thoughts.
Kathy Kroeger, administrator for Cameron and Elk Counties Behavioral and Developmental Programs, highlighted various mental health issues Monday morning during a presentation.
Elk County Catholic High School recently inducted its newest members into the National Honor Society. They included Stacie Werneth, Lexi Knight, Elise Stebick, Ashley Lenze, Mary Kraus, Devyn Condon, Maddi Ehrensberger, Grace Bobby, Abbey Gerg, Maddie Cashmer, and Ashley Schwabenbauer. The induction ceremony included a prayer service and was followed by a social for the students, their families and faculty.