April 7th, 2011
A tax increase of .58 mills, equal to an additional $14.50 per year in real estate taxes, is being proposed by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors for the 2011-2012 school year. Currently a property owner with a $50,000 home is paying $794.50 per year for school real estate taxes. This would increase to $809 for next year.
Superintendent Ann Kearney provided several options to school board members Thursday evening during their monthly workshop, where she presented the district's preliminary budget for 2011-2012.
Businesses in Elk County should take note of a grant program offered through the PA Wilds Planning Team. The team is now accepting applications for its Business Signage Grant Program.
Now in its second year, the program is designed to help small businesses in the 12-county Wilds region improve the look of their storefronts, providing "curb appeal" that enhances the overall look of their communities and attracts customers.
Together with visiting artists, seventh grade students at St. Marys Catholic Middle School are finishing a multi-faceted project intertwining literature, art and history to reflect the experiences and strengths of the local community.
The individuals involved in the Artists in Residency program include P.J. Piccirillo, a writer, author and poet from Brockport, and Bernie Wilkie, a muralist/painter from Pittsburgh. Ray Beimel, local St. Marys historian, is also assisting with various aspects of the program.
The second annual Kick the Crap Out of MS Outhouse Races will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Market Street in St. Marys. Kevin O'Leary, event organizer, recently addressed members of the St. Marys City Council to request the city's assistance with the event.
WILCOX â€“ Ridgway native Bruce Gess, owner of Bubba's Bait and Tackle located at 453 Marvin St., Wilcox, is busy getting ready for the start of this year's fishing season.
Bubba's Bait and Tackle offers a large variety of bait and tackle and is conveniently located in prime fishing territory.
â€śThere are a lot of places to fish in the area,â€ť Gess said. â€śTwin Lakes, the East Branch Dam and the Clarion River are right down the road, and there are many great creeks and streams, too.â€ť
Emma M. Minnick, 99, of 318 John St., where she resided with her niece, and formerly of 136 Diamond St., St. Marys, diedÂ on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
She was born Aug. 24, 1911 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Louis and Anna Blessel Lecker.
In September of 1930, in St. Mary's Church, she married the late Charles H. Minnick, who preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1985.Â
The Fox Township Supervisors discussed numerous new business items during their regular monthly meeting held Wednesday evening at the municipal building.
The board discussed the need to repair the municipal building's roof, as it is leaking in some areas. Public Works Director and Supervisor Randy Gradizzi said he has looked at the roof and there are several loose screws which will need to be removed and replaced. A new coat of sealer is also needed, as the current coating is beginning to break off.
St. Marys Area High School continues to offer its students a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between school and career preparation.
As part of services offered by the SMAHS Technical Preparation Career Center, students utilize cooperative education through the Co-op School-to-Career program.
Recently, both students and employers were recognized for the efforts during the schoolâ€™s annual School-To-Work banquet.
Students in the program work between 20-40 hours per week at local businesses.
Earlier this week, members of St. Marys City Council voted to authorize members of the city's staff to conduct a study looking into the possibility of using brine instead of limestone for anti-skid control during the winter months. The idea was initially proposed by city councilman Bob Roberts, who immediately clarified for council members and attendees what he meant by brine.
Only weeks removed from a March 23 tornado that destroyed 30 homes in western Pennsylvania, Michael A. McAllister, director of Elk County's emergency management office, reminded local residents that a natural disaster can occur anywhere.
"One of the best things that I can advise people is that parents should talk to their kids about what to do during a tornado," McAllister said. "Every spring, we do a statewide weather exercise which is usually based on flooding and tornadoes.