March 8th, 2012
With the first round of the Pennsylvania School System Assessment exams (PSSAs) to begin next week, Superintendent Ann Kearney at Thursday's workshop meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors discussed what the district has done to do prepare students for the exams, as well as what parents can do come test time.
"We ask parents to make sure their children get a good night's sleep, a good breakfast and are here in school...it is so important for them to be here on the day of the assessment," Kearney said.
City of St. Marys Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coordinator Tina Gradizzi conducted a second and final public hearing during Monday's City Council meeting.
The city's 2012 entitlement is $300,000, of which the city will utilize $246,000 for water, sewer and road improvements. The remaining $54,000, or 18 percent, is being alloted for administration costs.
According to Gradizzi, the first streets on the list for repairs are Mertz Avenue, then Charles and George streets.
Carolyn A. Musante, formerly of Warren, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Gerry, N.Y.
Carolyn was born in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Phillip and Barbara (Max) Minnick. Though a graduate of St. Marys High School and employed at Sylvania in Emporium, Carolyn lived in Warren most of her life.
John L. Brendlinger, 78, of 764 Shelvey Summit Rd., Kersey, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the Kindred Hospital in Beaver following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 1, 1934, in Clyde, son of the late Arthur and Ruth (Boring) Brendlinger. He married Martha M. Blessel Wonderly on Nov. 17, 1979. She preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 2011.
He was a member of Maria Lutheran Church in Dagus Mines and a member of the Bells of St. Marys and the Ridgway Sportsmen's Club. He had been employed by Exotic Metals and retired from Carbon City Products.
Phyllis F. Bauer, 80, a resident at Ridgmont Assisted Living, Ridgway, and formerly of 126 Penn Rd., St. Marys, died on Thursday morning, March 8, 2012 at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 30, 1931 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Marion and Leona Fritz Ford.
On June 21, 1952 in St. Mary's Church, she married the late Clarence "Lefty" Bauer, who preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 2009.
The Fox Township Supervisors recently met with representatives of the St. Marys Television Company to discuss service issues which were relayed to them by a number of township residents/subscribers. Supervisor Dave Mattiuz reported the results of that meeting during Wednesday evening's monthly supervisors' meeting.
"The biggest thing is calling in after hours. There was no one available to speak to," Mattiuz said. "This problem was supposedly solved as of 5 p.m. tonight."
Several branches of Northwest Savings Bank are supporting Elk County Relay for Life by holding a basket fundraiser.
WILCOX â€“ Bailey Pretak of Wilcox never aspired to be a model, but always loved being in front of the camera. This desire has motivated her to enter the Maurices Main Street Model Search.
The contest is through the Maurices clothing store chain, and the winner will be featured in all of the advertising and receive $7,500 to go to a charity of the winnerâ€™s choice.
Pretak entered the contest by submitting photos and an essay. Now she is relying on the public to enter the next round.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team saw their 2011-12 season come to an end last night in McDonald when they were eliminated from the PIAA Class AAA girlsâ€™ tournament by the South Fayette Lady Lions by a 43-36 score.
While the Lady Dutch held a three-point lead at the half, 24-21, a poor third quarter was the big difference in the contest. The Lady Lions were able to outscore the Lady Dutch by a 12-2 margin in the third period of play.
Leon R. Swackhammer, 84, of Upper Cherry Road, Kersey, died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at home after a short illness.
He was born Nov. 20, 1927 in Benezette, son of the late David & Mildred (English) Swackhammer.
On Sept. 13, 1952 he married Amelia Parisi, who survives.
He lived all his life in Elk County and enjoyed bowling and fishing. He worked at Airco Speer of St. Marys from 1955 until his retirement as General Foreman in 1989.
He was a veteran, having served in the Army during WWII.