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December 12th

Wreaths to honor veterans

December 12, 2010

Helping Hands of St. Marys, the Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720, and other area residents placed 2,000 wreaths on veterans' graves in St. Marys and Kersey cemeteries on Saturday as part of the Wreaths Across America project, which seeks to honor deceased military members during the holiday season by placing wreaths on their grave sites as a remembrance of their service to the country. Through the generosity of area citizens and donations by several groups, Helping Hands and the Vietnam Veterans came very close to their goal of 2,300 wreaths.

December 10th

Deal for alleged killer hits a snag

December 10, 2010

SMETHPORT – The alleged killer of a 21-year-old pregnant woman in Bradford in 2009 was ready Thursday to finalize a plea agreement that most likely would send him to state prison for life.
But the deal hit a sudden snag at a hearing in the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport, when defendant Thomas Paul Haggie claimed he failed to take medication that is prescribed for his mental issues.
County President Judge John Pavlock said he is "concerned" that Haggie "may not understand what's going on" because the defendant allegedly skipped the daily pills prescribed by a Bradford psychiatrist.

Council considers legislative action matters

December 10, 2010

At their recent meeting, members of the St. Marys City Council discussed and took action on several different agenda items.
Tina Gradizzi, Community and Economic Development Coordinator, approached council requesting approval of guidelines for the HOME program.

William Louis Oleszewski

December 10, 2010

William Louis Oleszewski, loving husband and father, died on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers, Fla.
He was born July 10, 1921, in Jeannette, son of the late Bronislaw and Kamilla Oleszewski.

December 9th

NJS Symphonic Band holiday concert Saturday

December 9, 2010

The Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Symphonic Band will present a holiday concert this Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. The band will be conducted by Chris Gankowski, band director at the St. Marys Area High School.
Anne Herzing, daughter of the late Nicholas J. Sinibaldi, noted that this is the first year that the family-oriented concert will be held in a church.
"Sacred Heart, first of all, is one of the older churches [in the community]. Also, the fact is that my dad liked Sacred Heart. He always thought it was a very beautiful church," Herzing said.

School board approves business items, personnel

December 9, 2010

During the St. Marys Area School District’s re-organizational meeting, the school board approved numerous items.
Once again the board voted to continue to hold its regular meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the SMAHS library.
They also voted to use The Daily Press as the newspaper of general circulation to serve as the publication entity for district notices.
Under business affairs the board approved the district’s annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2010. Copies of the report are available in the business office.

December 8th

Red Cross always looking for blood donors

December 8, 2010

According to statistics provided on the American Red Cross' website, as of 2006 there were around 9.5 million blood donors in the U.S., even though less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood. Blood cannot be manufactured and its only source is donors who participate in bloodmobiles such as ones run by the American Red Cross.
Pat Schwarzmueller, team supervisor for the American Red Cross bloodmobile operation that covers northwestern Pennsylvania, explained that only about five percent of the population actually donates blood on a regular basis.

Commissioners re-adopt Section 3 Plan

December 8, 2010

The Elk County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday morning to re-adopt the Elk County Section 3 Action Plan.
The Section 3 Action Plan is required to be re-adopted every one to two years.
“Elk County has a Section 3 Action Plan in place,” said Community Devlopment Block Grant coordinator Tracy Gerber. “It's a requirement of funding through Housing and Urban Development and any funding received through there.
“There have been no changes to the plan.”

Collins updates board on professional development

December 8, 2010

Joe Collins, St. Marys Area School District Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, presented an update on various school programs at the latest school board meeting.
Under professional development, Collins provided board members with a listing of all Act 48 credited activities offered by the district.

December 7th

James E. Holben

December 7, 2010

James E. Holben, 81, formerly of Lancaster, Ohio, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at Fairview Manor in Fairview.
He was born in Nu Mine on June 15, 1929, son of the late Floyd and Verda Troupe Holben.
On July 9, 1952, in St. Marys, he married Faith Herzing Holben, who preceded him in dath in 2004.

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