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August 10th, 2012

Diminishing police staff concerns resident

August 10, 2012

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.

Helium shortage may deflate upcoming celebrations

August 10, 2012

ST. MARYS – 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.

August 9th

SMASD working to collect school lunch debt

August 9, 2012

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

August 9, 2012

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

August 9, 2012

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.

August 8th

Esther M. Longo

August 9, 2012

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 “Choppy” Longo, who preceded her in death.  

Fox Twp. Supervisors approve requests

August 9, 2012

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.

August 7th

City brake ordinance tabled; new changes proposed

August 7, 2012

A motion revising the city's engine brake ordinance was tabled on Monday evening during the St. Marys City Council meeting. Councilman Gary Anderson proposed several new changes to the city's current ordinance on the matter.
Anderson proposed the changes following a trip he took out West in which he noticed numerous unmuffled engine brake use prohibited signs.

Height issue on rides at Fair

August 7, 2012

KERSEY – The Elk County Fair is featuring a new event this year, as a "street truck tire pull" event will debut at the fairgrounds in Kersey.
"I was at a fair in Albion [N.Y.] and people come off the streets with their pickup trucks and try to pull this weight behind them," said Merv Kemmer, fair manager.
In Albion, N.Y., the event was quite popular and Kemmer hopes to replicate that popularity in Kersey.
"They received a good turnout [in Albion]," Kemmer said. "We have large industrial tires [on the Al Dietz Memorial Track] and it's going to be a fun night to see how it works out."

August 6th

Heated discussion on smoking signs

August 6, 2012

Members of St. Marys City Council embarked on a heated debate on Monday evening regarding the placement of tobacco-free signs at area recreation parks.
The issue was discussed at a previous meeting following a resident's complaint about the signs to St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer. Geyer said council was unaware the signs were in place. City Manager Dave Greene said the St. Marys Recreation Board has the right to enact a policy to place the signs within local parks.

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