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February 10th, 2011

Lady Dutch clinch D9 League title with win over Bradford

February 11, 2011

The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch registered a hard-fought 46-35 victory over the Bradford Area Lady Owls last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The victory clinched the District 9 League title for the Lady Dutch. St. Marys is now 8-1 in league play with one league game remaining, to be played on Saturday night when they host Elk Catholic.
Last night’s game was a close affair until the fourth quarter, when St. Marys outscored Bradford by a 17-8 margin. Eight of the Lady Dutch’s 17 points in the final period came from the free-throw line, where they were 18 of 26 for the game.

Federal embezzlement charges filed against Prechtel

February 11, 2011

A St. Marys woman was indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Erie in Erie on charges of mail fraud and tax evasion, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's western Pa. district office.
As briefly reported in the Thursday, Feb. 10 edition of The Daily Press, Sandra Ann Prechtel, 49, of 531 Washington St., St. Marys, was charged with three felony counts of tax evasion and six felony counts of mail fraud and for the alleged embezzlement of almost $1 million from her employer, Abbott Furnace Co., between 2002 and 2007.

Updates on construction projects provided to SMASD

February 11, 2011

Among the topics discussed at the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors workshop on Thursday evening were an update on the various construction projects within the district and the playing of the national anthem at select sporting events.

Telehealh program provides variety of benefits

February 11, 2011

The telehealth program offered by Community Nurses, Inc. provides patients with certain medical issues a means of remaining in the comfort of their own homes while continuing to have their conditions monitored daily. The telehealth program was implemented in 2002 and is available to residents of Elk, McKean and Cameron counties.
Telehealth Coordinator Michele Uplinger explained that the main goal of the telehealth program is to provide a means of checking in with patients when a member of the Community Nurses staff cannot physically be in the home.

ECC competition cheerleading squad going to nationals

February 11, 2011

On Wednesday, the competition cheerleading squad for Elk County Catholic High School headed to Orlando to compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championship, held at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Fla. The squad earned a spot by qualifying at the Allegheny Regional, which was held at Slippery Rock University in December.

February 9th

Punxsutawney Chucks edge Dutch wrestlers 34-30

February 10, 2011

The Punxsutawney Chuck wrestling squad handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen a 34-30 loss Wednesday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The match saw the Chucks open a 22-9 lead, only to see the Dutchmen come back to take a 24-22 lead with four matches remaining. Punxsy picked up two decisions and a pin to record the victory.
“The team didn’t get it done tonight. Punxsutawney wrestled to win,” said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. “Punxsy had all the excuses, but they stepped up and got the job done - we didn’t.

Farley encourages city to move forward selling water to drillers

February 10, 2011

Former city councilman Tom Farley approached members of city council at their recent meeting to inquire whether they had directed the St. Marys Municipal Authority to take any action to prepare to sell water from the city's wastewater treatment plant to drillers in the Marcellus Shale industry. Farley had first approached council members about the idea during one of their budget work sessions in November 2010, stating that the revenue generated by selling the water could help balance the city's budget and potentially alleviate the need for a future tax increase.

'Barking Spiders' author shares poetry with students

February 10, 2011

Fox Township Elementary School students recently enjoyed a visit by poet C.J Heck of DuBois. As the author of the children's poetry book, "Barking Spiders and Other Such Stuff," Heck was invited to speak to students about her work.
Christine Kuhar, Fox Twp. Elementary principal, said the book is very popular among the school's students.
During her interactive presentations, Heck read several of her current poems, as well as selections from the soon-to-be published "Barking Spiders Too."
In addition, Heck discussed the meaning of some of the poems and how they came about.

Council members approve various actions

February 10, 2011

During their meeting earlier this week, members of city council approved a variety of motions concerning legislative items within the city.
Council members gave their unanimous approval to Resolution 11-3, which certifies that the city has maintained a portion of Prince Alley for 21 years.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, PennDOT required that the city ascertain ownership and maintenance of a portion of Prince Alley in order for them to obtain liquid fuels funding for that road.

Betty Rae Showers

February 10, 2011

Betty Rae Showers, 84, of Benezette, died peacefully at her daughter’s home on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 following a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 21, 1927 on Winslow Hill in Benezette. daughter of the late Charles and LaJune (Sexton) Larkin. In 1951, she married William E. Showers, who preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2010.  
She lived all her life in Benezette and attended Benezette School. She worked at Stackpole Carbon in St. Marys. She loved her home, flowers, gardening and springtime. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends with a cup of hot tea.

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