January 5th, 2012
Thursday's workshop meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors saw the presentation of the district's annual progress report. Superintendent Ann Kearney said in taking time to "reflect back on the accomplishments of these past twelve months, the community can stand proud of the school district's efforts to provide programs that embody the district's mission of 'empowering learners for the 21st century.'"
ST. MARYS â€“ A train rumbles through a mountain tunnel, steam pumping and its whistle alerting the nearby town to its presence. While it's a familiar sight to many area residents, this isn't a real scene but a creation known simply as "Tom's Trains," a train-focused exhibit on a large platform at the home of Tom Schloder on East Eschbach Road in St. Marys.
Betty M. Wonderly, 75, of 938 Troup Valley Hill Rd., Mount Pleasant Mills, and formerly of Kersey, died suddenly on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Feb. 17, 1936 in Kersey, a daughter of the late Irwin Sylvester and Madeline Minnick Wonderly.
Betty spent many years caring for and kenneling dogs, and had a great love for her dog, Dee Dee.Â She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially enjoyed coming home to spend Christmas with them ever year.Â She also enjoyed shopping and crafts.
During Tuesday's City Council meeting, St. Marys resident Warren Stewart inquired about two issues regarding the demolition of the Dimitri building and the upkeep of the parking garage.
In reference to the empty lot on the corner of Center Street made vacant by the demolition of the Dimitri building, Greene said the only work remaining is for the gas company to cut off some of the pipes. He replied to Stewart's inquiry, stating that parking meter heads will be replaced on the street.
The Coaches vs. Cancer campaign at the recent Elk County Holiday Tournament was once again a success, with Roben Daghir, volunteer survivor for outreach and awareness, noting that the group doubled their donations from the previous year.
"At the time of the final count at St. Marys Area High School, we had $1,200," Daghir said. "I have heard from some of the coaches that they had donations given to them following the games. Those donations will be added to the $1,200 total."
A grant through the Stackpole-Hall Foundation has initiated an out-of-school youth program to be carried out by a collaboration with the Ridgway YMCA and the Elk County 4-H Program.
The 4-H program will open the door for Elk County children between the ages of eight and 18 years old to learn leadership, teamwork and other valuable skills that will encourage them to be proactive forces within the community.
According to 4-H Out-Of-School Programs Coordinator Jody Johnson, the program will focus on a variety of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] activities.
In Tuesday night's Jay Township reorganizational meeting, the appointments of John Schneider and Victoria Burlingame to the water authority by township supervisors caused some residents in attendance to question the appointment process and the supervisors in their decision.
Applicants for the two vacancies within the the water authority board included Maria Pirazzi, Wendy Bonanno, Martin Rosenfeld, John Schneider, and Victoria Burlingame.
The vacancies originated with Jim Huff and Fran Gustafson withdrawing their names from consideration.
St. Marys City Council's two newest members, Nedward Jacob and Gregory Gebauer, presided over their first official meeting on Tuesday evening. During the meeting, council was split in half as to how to fill the vacant seat on the council. The seat was vacated by Gwen Auman, who relocated her residential address outside the City of St. Marys.
Councilman Dan Hepner said that between Jacob and Gebauer, the two received 54 percent of the vote, with Auman coming in third. The fourth-place vote-getter was past council member Tom Farley, who received 22.5 percent of the vote.
The Jay Township Board of Supervisors' reorganizational meeting on Tuesday night began with Supervisor Jeremy Rippey being appointed to the position of chairman of the board and Murray K. Lilley to that of vice chairman.
Tuesday's meeting also saw the elimination of Supervisor Lilley's position as equipment maintenance employee with the township.
In a vote initiated by Rippey and seconded by Gustafson, the decision was made not to reappoint Lilley to the position, ultimately ending Lilley's 12-year tenure as a township employee.
The Fox Township Supervisors held their annual reorganization meeting Tuesday evening, followed by their regular monthly meeting.
Supervisor Mike Keller was voted board chairman, with supervisor Dave Mattiuz voted as vice chairman.
Kathy Dowie was retained as township secretary, as well as chairman of the Vacancy Board, while Randy Gradizzi was reappointed roadmaster. Jerry Zimmerman was voted assistant roadmaster, with Mattiuz casting an opposing vote. Mattiuz also opposed retaining Dave Pontzer as legal counsel for the township.