November 15th, 2011
ST. MARYS - Community members and organizations are invited to lend their support to our military personnel by volunteering at the upcoming Letters From Home (LFH) letter-stuffing party taking place on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center.
The November event is part of LFH's fall mailing entitled "Thank You From America." Sign-up for the event begins at 12:30 p.m., with package preparation starting at 1 p.m.
"The soldiers love receiving children's artwork," said Letters From Home founder Christine Jovenitti.
ST. MARYS - The average person has $750 worth of gold in his or her their home without even knowing it, according to Jay Recher, a field manager with THR & Associates, a buyer of precious metals, coins, antiques, and collectibles, which has again brought its road show to the Comfort Inn on the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys.
The event, open to the public, is being held in a conference room at the motel, where clients can sit down with a specialist and determine what items the company is willing to purchase from them and at what price.
During his speech at American Legion Post 103's annual Veterans Day banquet on Saturday evening at Bavarian Hills, Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) took a moment to reflect on the recent loss of World War II veteran James O. Auman, who died last Friday on Veterans Day.
Gabler explained that Auman was someone whom he always had a lot of respect for.
Julie Newton, a seventh and eighth grade math teacher at St. Marys Area Middle School (SMAMS), is presented with a $500 McDonald's MAC grant by Linda Hoffman, right, owner of the St. Marys McDonald's on Wednesday morning.
ST. MARYS - The Bavarian Hills recently hosted their third annual Bavarian Hills Honoree Dinner recognizing some of the people who volunteered their labor during the earliest stages of building the golf course and clubhouse.
For 2011, the honorees were David Herzing, Dick Schneider, the late Alan Mulcahy and the late Art âSpiderâ Krieg.
Herzingâs godson, Dennis âBuckyâ Lecker, spoke to the crowd about the way Herzing is able to quietly âget things doneâ without seeking the publicity some would expect for his efforts.
Honor roll certificates were presented to members of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors in recognition of their service during Monday's meeting as part of a statewide effort on behalf of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to acknowledge and honor school directors for their years of service.
Certificates were presented to James Baumgratz, Joseph Goetz, John Mulcahy and Patricia Razmerski.
Public schools across the nation, including those in the St. Marys Area School District, are planning a variety of activities this week in celebration of "American Education Week" (AEW) taking place from Nov. 13-19.
Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), American Education Week is "Celebrating 90 Years of Public Education" as its 2011 theme.
ST. MARYS - Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) presented awards to individuals who have contributed to the arts in Elk County at the organizationâs annual gala Saturday evening. The Monte Carlo-themed event was held at the Diamond View Restaurant in St. Marys.
Abbi Peters, ECCOTA executive director, said this is the first year the awards have been presented. Titled âHeart in the Arts,â the awards were founded based on ECCOTAâs mission statement and were designed to âhonor organizations and individuals for providing experience, opportunity and support.â
ST. MARYS - While Elk County was not spared by the national housing crisis, local realtors say that comparatively it has fared better than other parts of the country. While certain realtors cite an increase in sales in recent years and others a drop, there is a general consensus that property values in the area have depreciated, resulting in the confluence of a buyer-oriented market.
According to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales nationwide declined in September, but activity has increased since this time last year.
RIDGWAY - The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution for their solicitor to file a Notice of Intervention concerning a tax assessment appeal filed by Metaldyne Sintered Products currently pending in the Court of Common Pleas.
According to finance manager Brent Rhoads, Metaldyne appealed their tax assessment concerning both the Ridgway and St. Marys properties.
Rhoads said their appraisal could mean a loss to the school district of about $30,000 per year.
Rhoads said the Board of Appeals has rejected their appeal against Elk County.