March 2nd, 2012
As of 2014, 100 percent of public school students are required to attain proficiency in math and reading as demonstrated in standardized testing like that of the Pennsylvania School System Assessment exams (PSSAs). This originated with a provision contained in the federal No Child Left Behind legislation, signed into law in 2002. Since its inception, education officials nationwide have continuously voiced opposition to NCLB and derided the 100 percent proficiency marker as merely aspirational and entirely improbable.
Victor J. "Yitter" Zawatski, 93, of Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Thursday afternoon, March 1, 2012 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a short illness.
He was born Oct. 2, 1918 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Vincent and Leokadja Walczak Zawatski.
He married Gertrude Ann Votano on Aug. 2, 1942 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2002.
Colleen G. Kalambukas of Buffalo, N.Y., died on Friday, March 2, 2012 in the arms of her son.
She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and raised in Clearfield, daughter of the late Mark and Anna Goumas.
She married Andrew Kalambukas of St. Marys, who survives.
Having moved from St. Marys to Pittsburgh and then the last 22 years in Buffalo, NY., she and her family have their fondest memories of their life together in St. Marys. Colleen was a volunteer for many organizations and helped those in need anonymously throughout her life. She was a beloved wife and most loving mother.
Friday marked Read Across America Day as students from South St. Marys Street and St. Marys Catholic elementary schools celebrated the annual event, which also coincides with the birthday of famed children's author Dr. Seuss. Today marked his 108th birthday.
At SMCE, students participated in a Read Across America teleconference, during which Monsignor Robert Smith read to the children.
Over the years, young people have ingested and huffed all types of substances that can cause harm, especially when confronted by peer pressure. The attempted ingestion of cinnamon, while not a new trend, seems to be making a comeback.
City of St. Marys Police Chief Todd Caltagarone said the "Cinnamon Challenge" has actually been around for several years. According to Caltagarone, the challenge involves daring a person to eat or swallow a teaspoonful of ground cinnamon in less than 60 seconds without drinking water or any other kind of liquid to aid them with the challenge.
The students at Elk County Catholic High School always seem to be involved with something, whether collecting canned food for the Christian Food Bank or traveling to the Dominican Republic for a week-long mission trip.
Spring is almost here, which means area residents will once again begin the tedious task of spring cleaning. For those looking to dispose of old passenger vehicle tires, the Elk County Solid Waste Authority recently set the dates for their annual tire collections.
"We've already had calls about when we're going to do tire collections. Everybody wants to know," said Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling/solid waste coordinator.
JONES TWP. - The Ridgway-based Pa. State Police report investigating an incident of attempted suicide that occurred on March 1 at 2:15 p.m. on Glen Hazel Road in Jones. Twp., Elk County. According to police, the incident occurred as a 49-year-old known female of Johnsonburg, took pills and deliberately drove off of the road and struck a tree. The woman was transported to the Elk Regional Health Center for treatment. Police were assisted at the scene by the Wilcox Fire Department.
While there is more snow to come and nary a bloom peeping out of the ground, it isnâ€™t stopping area residents from gazing dreamily out of their windows with big plans for their gardens and spring landscaping.
Natalie Aiello, the Elk-Cameron County 4-H/Youth Extension Educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Extension's Master Gardener Coordinator for Elk County, said there are a number of things people can do now to prepare for the planting season.
Those looking to rid their closest of prom and formal gowns, wedding dresses and accessories may consider donating them to local schoolteacher Laura Kuntz, who distributes the gowns to underprivileged girls and women in poverty-stricken Beatyville, Ky.
Now in her fourth year of collecting gowns, Kuntz plans to made the trip to Kentucky this month, earlier than in past years.