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February 17th, 2011

Alan J. Kraus

February 17, 2011

Alan J. Kraus, 65, of 573 West Main Street Ext., Kersey, died at his residence on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, following a brief illness.
He was born April 24, 1945 in St. Marys, a son of the late Norman J. and Lillian Blanchard Kraus.
On May 11, 1974 in St. Marys, he married Harriet Hollobaugh Kraus, who survives.
He was a member of the Kersey Eagles. He enjoyed watching television, especially wrestling and sports. He also enjoyed Sodoku puzzles and spending time with his family.

Mazetta L. Carpin

February 17, 2011

Mazetta L. Carpin, 84, of Bennetts Valley Highway, Penfield, died on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 at DRMC after a short illness.
She was born Nov. 9, 1926 in Byrnedale, a daughter of the late Harry and Twila (Hetrick) Hellberg.
On June, 23, 1951, she married Anthony B. Carpin, who preceded her in death in 2000.
She was a homemaker and attended Caledonia United Methodist Church. She was born and raised in Byrnedale and lived most of her life in Penfield.

Jay Township to discuss drilling concerns

February 17, 2011

Jay Township Supervisor Francis Gustafson informed township residents on Thursday evening that he would like to get a group together to discuss looking into how to protect the township's resources in the face of increased drilling by the Marcellus Shale industry.
"I figured we'd bring it up a little bit at each meeting to see if anybody's interested," Gustafson said.
He explained that the township recently obtained a copy of a draft ordinance prepared by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).

Program helps foster communication within families

February 17, 2011

Healthy communication between children and their parents is always important, but sometimes the communication foundation begins to crumble when children enter their preteen and young teen years. During that time, children are challenged not only by the changes occurring as they enter puberty, but also by increased peer pressure to engage in risky behavior such as using drugs and alcohol. Simultaneously, their changing lives may cause them to become more withdrawn and less willing to engage in conversation with their parents or guardians.

Students hop around for muscular dystrophy

February 17, 2011

Recently kindergarten and fifth grade students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School teamed up to raise funds for the school's annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Hop-A-Thon.
This year, students succeeded in collecting $694 during a two-week period. Each kindergartner was asked to collect at least five donations.
"The kids were very excited about the event and were happy to be able to help someone else that couldn't enjoy the simple pleasures of life like we can," said SMCE kindergarten teacher Laura Kuntz, event coordinator.

February 16th

Lady Dutch improve to 20-1, beat Ramettes 45-30

February 16, 2011

The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team raised their record to 20-1 on the season with a 45-30 victory over the Johnsonburg Ramettes last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven on Senior Night.
The Lady Dutch opened a 16-5 lead after the first quarter and coasted the rest of the way to their 10th straight win.
“I was happy that we won, but I wasn’t real happy with the way we played. The intensity wasn’t there and we didn’t handle the ball real well,” said St. Marys coach Bob Swanson.
“On the bright side, a lot of kids saw some valuable action,” he added.

Johnsonburg Rams knock off Dutchmen 47-45

February 16, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – The Rams got 27 total points from their two departing seniors on Senior Recognition Night en route to a 47-45 victory over visiting St. Marys.
Facing a 1-point deficit after three quarters of play, the Rams were able to claw their way back to secure the win.
Despite giving up a score to St. Marys’ Jordan Weinzierl to open up the fourth quarter with the Dutch on top 36-33, Johnsonburg head boys’ varsity basketball coach Bill Shuey said he did not count his team out of the contest.

Current ordinance may provide good foundation for restricting drilling

February 16, 2011

Regulating the areas within the City of St. Marys where gas and oil drilling can take place may be as simple as modifying a portion of the city code, according to some members of city council and the city's planning commission.
During a joint meeting between the two groups on Tuesday evening, planning commission members remarked that they believed the portion of the city code related to mining, quarrying and related processing facilities, which prohibits the exploration of minerals in certain areas, should be applicable to oil and gas drilling as well.

PennDOT working to patch SR 120

February 16, 2011

Travelers who have experienced a bumpy ride on state Route 120 lately will be glad to know that the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is working to patch the many potholes that have appeared as a result of the cold and snowy winter weather.
Greg Sayers, Elk County maintenance manager for PennDOT's District 2-0, said his office has been aware of the numerous potholes that recently developed and he has been out several times in the past week to review the road.

School board approves personnel

February 16, 2011

The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this month’s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing, if applicable.
A resignation was approved for Patricia McLaughlin of St. Marys from the St. Marys Area Middle School cafeteria, effective Jan. 28, 2011; and under supplemental contracts, Christopher Gankosky as marching band director at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

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