March 11th, 2011
Elk Regional Health Center celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art Women's Imaging Center during an open house held Thursday afternoon.
An assortment of services is offered inside the suite, including digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound and DEXA highly accurate painless bone density scans.
A professional and social organization for area nurses is looking for new members. The St. Marys Nurses Study Club has been in existence since 1940, and is comprised of active and retired nurses who are or have been employed by local hospitals, doctor's offices, home health services, nursing homes, state health services, the Peace Corps, schools and other organizations.
"The object of the club is to promote interest in the study of medical topics and nursing problems and to provide social entertainment and recreation for members of the group," said current club president Bev Rucki.
Crystal Fire Department Fire Chief Bill Kraus recently released the 2010 Annual Fire Report for the City of St. Marys and provided the information to members of city council earlier this week.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney reviewed the district's anticipated expenditures for the 2011-12 school year during Monday's school board workshop.
Kearney noted that after reviewing the governor's proposed budget on Tuesday, she was unhappy with the figures; however, she emphasized St. Marys Area School District is right on target with its proposed budget. For 2011-12, the district projects that its expenditures will total $23.3 million.
The city's Shade Tree Commission is moving ahead with the tree replacement project on the Diamond in downtown St. Marys. Two large trees located there, a Norway maple and a Red maple, were removed earlier this week due to safety reasons. The commission has selected a Bloodgood London Plane and a Red Sunset Red maple to replace the trees that were removed.
According to Clythera Hornung, secretary/treasurer of the Shade Tree Commission, the Bloodgood London Plane is a hybrid of the American sycamore and Oriental planetree, and is well-suited to a location like the Diamond.
Warren Stewart recently approached members of city council on behalf of the St. Marys Redevelopment Authority (RDA), informing them that the organization plans to expands the boundaries of the portion of the city it currently covers.
Stewart provided council members with a diagram of the city, with different colors indicating how the group's area has changed over the years and informing council that the RDA plans to propose expanding its area to cover the same boundaries as the city's commercial district.
BRADFORD â€“ There is an "incredible growth" in the number of jobs linked with the area's Marcellus Shale natural gas bonanza.
And, "if all goes right,"Â high employment will continue in the drilling and production of the deep wells for another "50 or 100 years."
This is the message delivered Thursday by Danielle Boston, one of the speakers at the Natural Gas Expo at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She is the director of public outreach for the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) based in Wexford in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh.
Robert J. "Bobby" Rupprecht, 79, of Ridgway, died peacefully Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at St. Vincentâ€™s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn.
He was born in St. Marys, the son of the late Aloysius (Alois) and Mary Rupprecht.
He married Sheila Rupprecht, who survives.
He lived many years in the greater Fairfield, Conn. area prior to moving back to Pennsylvania. He was a retired employee of Norwalk Powdered Metals.
Maude Helen Wilson, 73, of 78 Spring Brook Dr., Ridgway, died Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011 at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 19, 1937 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Theodore R. and Hazel A. (Sherman) Salberg.
She married Marshall E. Wilson on March 17, 1956, who survives.
Along with the anticipated arrival of spring comes the American Cancer Society's annual Daffodil Days event. As the first flower of spring, the daffodil represents the symbol of hope for cancer patients everywhere.
From March 14-20, patrons may purchase daffodils at the following locations from Tuesday through Friday: Save-A-Lot grocery store in St. Marys, Ridgway BiLo from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Old Brickyard in Johnsonburg from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Northwest Savings Bank on Thursday and Friday; and Wal-Mart in St. Marys on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.