April 11th, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County residents placed several calls to emergency services personnel and law enforcement agencies Sunday night regarding what they described as a loud "boom." Although the source of the noise was initially attributed to seismic testing for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, no cause or explanation has formally been discovered.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Stephanie Ann Kilhoffer, 51, of Brockport, pleaded guilty to the charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, a third-degree felony offense, on Monday afternoon. Kilhoffer appeared before the Honorable Judge Richard Masson with her attorney, Thomas G. Coppolo, at 1 p.m.
Following discussion of proposing a .58 mill tax increase for next year, St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney will present a balanced budget next month which will include the proposed tax increase.
The SMASD Board of Directors gave their approval for the increase during their regular monthly meeting held Monday evening.
The 2011-2012 budget projects a deficit of $136,335 without a tax increase.
Members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors voted unanimously to expel 13 students during their regular meeting held Monday evening.
Following the start of the meeting, a brief executive session was held to discuss student confidentiality matters. Three of the students were expelled permanently.
When questioned as to the nature of the large number of student expulsions, SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney said it was due to a violation of school policy.
Rickey Anthony Antonuccio, 55, of Beach Grove Road, Ridgway, died on Monday, April 4, 2011, at the Hershey Medical Center.
He was born October 23, 1955, in Ridgway, the son of Nicholas P. Antonuccio, who survives, and the late Edna L. Dilley Antonuccio.
He resided in Ridgway for most of his life. He attended Ridgway Area High School. He enjoyed billards, construction, 4-wheeling, cards, storytelling, being around kids, repairing and painting cars. He was an automotive mechanic for 40 years.
Charles J. Marconi, 79, of 120 Hemlock Rd., St. Marys, died Monday morning, April 11, 2011, at his home after a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 24, 1932, in St. Marys, son of the late Zolferino and Mary Nart Marconi.
On Nov. 5, 1955, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Norma Salter, who survives.
The St. Marys Area Dutch tennis team opened their season on Saturday with a 4-3 victory over the Altoona Lions Saturday at Altoona.
â€śIt was nice to finally be able to get out and play our first match of the season. The boys were waiting for this day to finally arrive,â€ť said St. Marys coach Sue Lepovetsky.
At first singles, SMAâ€™s Brandon Romain lost his match 6-2, 6-0 to James Doeing.
At second singles, Keith Meyer of the Dutch defeated Chris Reighard 6-3, 6-3.
Dylan Wiesner of the Dutch won his match in three sets over Tyler Hollingsworth, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch softball team evened their record at 1-1 on the young season with a 6-1 victory over the State College squad in a game played at State College Saturday.
â€śState College is a good hitting team and puts the ball in play, but our defense played well, only committing one error. Our outfield made some nice catches early in the game to keep State College off the board,â€ť said Lady Dutch coach Manny Gerarge.
In honor of National Library Week, the St. Marys Public Library will be running a Food for Fines program today through Saturday.
"Basically the idea of it is, to celebrate National Library Week, we like to do things that are going to make people aware of the library's role in the community and also to try and help somebody else out," said Scarlette Corbin, director of the St. Marys Public Library. "By doing that, we're encouraging patrons to pay off fines with food donations that will be given to the Christian Food Bank."
During their recent meeting, the Fox Township Supervisors approved several bids, correspondence items and discussed unfinished business.
While reviewing bids for equipment leases, supervisor Dave Mattiuz questioned why the township finds it necessary to rent equipment. He said that he found since January 2010, the township has spent $121,000 on equipment rentals.
Roadmaster and fellow supervisor Randy Gradizzi said a lot of the rentals are needed due to time constraints.