September 11th, 2012
The St. Marys Area Board of Directors discussed the assessment exam results for last school year, areas needing improvement and those in which the district is at or above target.
SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney began with enrollment in the district, which she said is the "first thing you want to know about when you start a school year."
Although kindergarten enrollment is up in the district, overall enrollment is down to its lowest numbers since the 2003-2004 school year, decreasing from 2,541 to 2,235 this year.
RIDGWAY - At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force, task force chair and Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg commended the group for continuing to meet even though Marcellus Shale activity has slowed in the area and said the group will be well-prepared as a result when activity ramps up again.
Talented young musicians from throughout the area will showcase their skills at the annual Sounds of Autumn Band Competition on Saturday, Sept. 22 at St. Marys Area High School's Dutch Country Stadium.
The competition, a cooperative effort between St. Marys Area and Elk County Catholic high schools, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. following the opening ceremony at 12:45 p.m., where both bands will join together in performing the national anthem.
SMETHPORT â€“ A man has been sentenced to life in state prison for killing a mother and her baby in Bradford in 2010.
Waide Eugene Nolf, 40, of Bradford received the sentence Tuesday when he appeared in McKean County Court before Senior Judge William Morgan of Warren.
MT. ZION - Robert Winslow Nay, author of â€śThe Elk County Rifles: Soldier Profiles and the Bucktail Spirit," spoke about some of the individual soldiers and their contributions to the war effort, for both their comrades and the Union at the dedication of the Bucktail Monument at Mt. Zion Historical Park.
Nay, who is related to the area Winslows, said it was a great gift to research the soldiers in the book and credited area historians Jim Burke, Michael Parana, and Bill Robertson
Mark R. Mattivi, 51, of 108 Meadow Lane, Kersey, died unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 15, 1960, in St. Marys, the son of the late John A. and Rita A. Catalone Mattivi.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. He was an employee of SGL Carbon Co.
Mr. Mattivi was a member of the St. Marys American Legion, the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club, enjoyed riding his motorcycle and going to see Confederate Railroad, and enjoyed running the sound board for Sixpak.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch tennis team lost a 7-2 match to the DuBois Area Lady Beavers Monday afternoon in a match played at the SMAHS courts.
At first singles, Amy Orr of the Lady Dutch lost 6-7 (6-8) and 6-7 (4-7) to Kristina Torretti.
â€śThis was a great match to watch, with two very good players battling out to see who would win,â€ť said St. Marys coach Sue Lepovetsky.
â€śAubrey Wiesner played one of her finest matches of the season in winning 6-2, 6-4,â€ť said Lepovetsky.
Wiesner defeated Alisha Torretti at second singles.
With the new school year in full swing, Monday's regular meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors included presentations from building principals on the challenges posed this year by the introduction of new statewide assessments at the secondary level and the encumbrance of increasingly higher benchmarks.
High school principal Josh Williams said that the new school year presents with it changes to the landscape of statewide assessment exams, namely the introduction of the Keystone exams in the subjects of algebra, biology, and literature.
As part of an effort to prepare students for the workplace, Innovated Solutions of St. Marys has obtained a grant for the latest and greatest engineering software for St. Marys Area High School.
The grant is from software giant Siemens, which is providing 30 copies of Solid Edge, a three-dimensional CAD (computer-aided design) software utilized in the school's drafting and engineering classes. Innovated Solutions is a re-seller of Siemens PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software.
MT. ZION - At last weekâ€™s dedication of the Bucktail Civil War monument, Sandra Baker, volunteer program director at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, said she was there to make â€śconnections.â€ť
â€śAnd the way that human beings do that is by swapping their stories. We need you. We need your stories,â€ť Baker said.
She said the Heinz History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, and the oldest volunteer organization in Pittsburgh.