August 12th, 2012
With an eye on the upcoming school year, Thursday's workshop meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors included discussion of new developments within the district as the first day of the 2012 fall semester fast approaches.
Superintendent Ann Kearney announced that SMASD has received the Pennsylvania Department of Education's report which found "100 percent" of teachers in the district to be highly qualified and meeting the mandates for certified teachers in the previous school year.
For area residents looking to spruce up a hard-to-clean surface outside their home, newly established PA Power Washing is set to cater to many of their needs. The business was started by St. Marys resident Ryan Wehler in May and offers power washing services for surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, interior garages, brick pavers, sandstone, retaining walls, polywood decks, and vinyl railing and fences.
Leo Panighetti, 87, of Cherry Avenue, Weedville, died on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at home following a lengthy illness.
He was born on April 10, 1925 in Byrnedale son of the late James Vincent and Mary (Rotonda) Panighetti.
He married Ethel I. (Llewellyn) on April 10, 1947. She survives.
He attended Bennetts Valley Schools and lived all his life in Bennetts Valley.
St. Marys resident Rodney Constable questioned members of St. Marys City Council about the diminishing size of the city's police department during the recent council meeting.
"A bulk of my concerns are a result of what I have seen or encountered within the past year or so. My main concern is for the safety of the citizens of St. Marys and for our city police officers," Constable said.
ST. MARYS â€“ The next birthday party or wedding you attend may not have the typical bunches of balloons present to mark the celebration-- a current shortage of helium means there may be nothing to fill them up with.
Local stores that sell helium balloons say suppliers have told them there is currently no new supply, and they may not be able to get more helium until mid-September or even beyond.
ST. MARYS - Citing mounting cafeteria debt, the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors held extensive discussions at Thursday's workshop meeting about the possibility of restricting student field trip participation for those students with excessive cafeteria debt.
Taylor N. Schutz, 15, of 1265 Taylor Rd., St. Marys, died on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at UPMC Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh following injuries sustained in an ATV accident.
She was born Feb 9, 1997 in St. Marys, a daughter of Robert Schutz and Jessica Taylor Schutz, who survive.
Helen M. (Sis) Rohr, 89, of 514 Kearsarge Ave., Ridgway, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, 2012 at the home of her son in Ridgway following an illness of the last four months.
She was born Aug. 3, 1923 in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (Persohn) Stritzinger. She married Theodore F. Rohr on Aug. 23, 1952; he preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 1999.
Esther M. Longo, 83, of Mill Run, Penfield, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at her residence.
She was born on April 4, 1929 in Caledonia, daughter of the late Alfonse Facchine and Elizabeth (Baruffalo) Facchine. She married Donato â€śChoppyâ€ť Longo, who preceded her in death. Â
Several requests for the use of recreational facilities were recently approved by the Fox Township Supervisors for events, including birthday parties and family reunions.
The supervisors passed a motion made by Supervisor Mike Keller which would give authority to Fox Twp. Recreation Facilities Director Debby Agosti to approve such future requests. Agosti would be responsible for providing a monthly report of the requests to the supervisors.
"This would make things more user-friendly," Keller said.
"It would make my life a lot easier," Agosti added.