August 17th, 2011
Making the toast at your best friend's wedding? Asked to make a presentation at work? Addressing a group of donors for your charity? If the prospect of any of these scenarios scares you speechless, you're not alone.
Many people have a paralyzing fear of speaking in public. Even teachers who are used to addressing a classroom full of children every day can get tongue-tied when it comes to speaking in front of a more grown-up audience. But it doesn't have to be that way, according to Elk County Toastmasters Past President Cory Straub.
Even though official city budget discussions are not set to begin for another few months, the annual event was on the mind of Councilman Dick Dornisch during Monday evening's city council meeting.
Dornisch said he wanted to remind council members of a proposal he made last year regarding an alternative approach to the city's budget. He began by reminding council members about the tedious nature of last fall's budget discussions.
Mayor Guillermo Udarbe asked the Ridgway Borough Council to take legal action against the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad in an effort to resolve a 14-year dispute over what to do with the Pennsy Station along North Broad Street.
Udarbe reminded council that on Sept. 24, 2010, code enforcement officer Dave Zeigler wrote a letter to B&P Railroad property manager Bill Gentilman citing all of the violations and giving a 30-day notice to correct the violations.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™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.
The board approved a 2.5 percent increase for cafeteria salaries for the upcoming school year.
Thomas Timashenka of St. Marys submitted his resignation as a school psychologist effective June 30, 2011.
Dorothy P. "Dotty" Andres, 85, recently of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 1228 E. Eschbach Road, St. Marys, died on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at the home following a brief illness.
She was born September 19, 1925 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of the late Norman and Margaret Frantz Muth. On April 9, 1946 in New Orleans, La., she married the late Roger A. Andres, who preceded her in death on January 29, 1994.
By now, most residents of the City of St. Marys are aware that members of the St. Marys City Council passed a series of resolutions on Thursday, Aug. 4, to begin the process of dissolving the city's parking authority. However, little information other than that is known due to the fact that the discussion leading up to that action all took place during executive sessions.
Discussion about various aspects of the area's logging industry was the focus of this year's Elk County Farm Bureau's Legislative Tour held Monday at Dave's Saw Shop in St. Marys.
Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) attended the event to discuss areas of concern within the logging industry.
"Logging is pretty much the same as farming, just on a longer-term scale," Cooney said, adding the industry typically does not receive any type of government subsidies.
More than 1,000 volunteer firemen will be coming to Kane for a three-day convention that begins Thursday.
The Kane Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the 119th annual convention of the Central District Volunteer Firefighter's Association (CDVFA). The organization, founded in 1892, meets annually for business meetings-- as well as for fun, relaxation and camaraderie.
Anna Mae Schutz, 86, of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Elk Towers and 114 Rightmeyer Street, St. Marys, died on Monday, August 15, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born January 29, 1925 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Clair and Edna Mason Ford.
On November 14, 1945 in Sacred Heart Church, she married the Edward G. Schutz, who preceded her in death on January 30, 2006.
Mayor Sally Geyer informed members of council on Monday evening that she believed the city should move forward and publish their draft of the zoning ordinance amendment pertaining to oil and gas development.
"I believe that we have a solicitor and I believe that we hashed it out back and forth enough. I think we should move forward with what we have and we can always change, amend or whatever at another time," Geyer said.