August 11th, 2011
KERSEY â€“ As patrons stroll the Elk County Fairgrounds this week, they might be interested to know that several organizers have been around since the event's inception in the early 1970s.
Ernest Mattiuz, vice president of the Elk County Farm Bureau, has been around since the third county fair and fondly remembers the constant evolution with ease.
Unofficially, the fair started out in 1974 as a weekend event held at the Kersey Community Center. The following year, the event was held behind the building and it was turned into a weeklong event in 1976.
This year, students in the St. Marys Area School District (SMASD) will be permitted to possess asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors and to self-administer the prescribed medication in compliance with state law and board policy. This policy was approved during a recent school board meeting.
The building at 429 N. St. Marys St. in St. Marys has been the site of a grocery store, a roller skating rink, and a variety of other businesses. It is now the new location for major appliance store Western Home Appliances, which is holding a grand reopening this weekend.
Recently St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney updated the school board on budget issues.
This year, the district has absorbed six professional positions and combined other positions at a savings of over $500,000 to their current budget.
Additionally, positions absorbed in the past three years have helped with the budget crunch which other districts have been experiencing.
The 2011 Elk County Fair kicked off Wednesday evening with the Opening Ceremonies, which were attended by State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield), the Elk County Commissioners, various township supervisors and fair board personnel and volunteers.
Jo Ann K. Marche, 74, of 392 Brandy Camp Circle, Ridgway, died on August 5, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys.
She was born on March 18, 1937 in Dagus Mines, daughter of the late Adam and Sophie Zuchowski Shutika.
She married James A. Marche Sr., who died on July 6, 2008.
She was a member of Holy Cross Church in Brandy Camp and enjoyed crocheting, collecting angels and watching Mother Angelica on EWTN.
She had been employed at Stackpole Carbon as a laborer in the oven room for 18 years. After her retirement, she worked at Long John Silvers in DuBois and Sylvania in St. Marys.
Elk County Prison Board members are looking for an area nursing agency to replace Helpmates Hospice in Ridgway,
"We haven't really utilized them and we felt that they would not be able to keep up with the changes that we've made to the Elk County prison system," said Elk County Prison Warden Gregory J. Gebauer. "I will go out into the community and check with some of the other nursing agencies to see if we can get them on here as a backup provider."
Following an expansion project that took almost two years and cost more than $500,000, CAMCO Diversified, Inc., in St. Marys is offering a new service with the addition of two new large-batch steam treaters.
At a recent Fox Township Supervisors meeting, bids were reviewed for fencing at Fox Township Community Park. The winning bid was submitted by Kessler Fencing in DuBois at a cost of $12,395.51.
The second bid was submitted by C&H Fencing of Worthville for $12,680. The supervisors approved the lowest bid pending approval of the township's park director, Deb Agosti.
Members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to continue the school's varsity gymnastics program for the 2011-12 school year during Monday evening's school board meeting.
The board imposed two provisions in maintaining the program: The first is that the Central Pennsylvania Gymnastics League maintain their current membership and the second is that the St. Marys team maintain a minimum number of eight participants. Continuing the program will be considered on a year-to-year basis.