February 10th, 2011
A St. Marys woman was indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Erie in Erie on charges of mail fraud and tax evasion, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's western Pa. district office.
As briefly reported in the Thursday, Feb. 10 edition of The Daily Press, Sandra Ann Prechtel, 49, of 531 Washington St., St. Marys, was charged with three felony counts of tax evasion and six felony counts of mail fraud and for the alleged embezzlement of almost $1 million from her employer, Abbott Furnace Co., between 2002 and 2007.
Among the topics discussed at the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors workshop on Thursday evening were an update on the various construction projects within the district and the playing of the national anthem at select sporting events.
The telehealth program offered by Community Nurses, Inc. provides patients with certain medical issues a means of remaining in the comfort of their own homes while continuing to have their conditions monitored daily. The telehealth program was implemented in 2002 and is available to residents of Elk, McKean and Cameron counties.
Telehealth Coordinator Michele Uplinger explained that the main goal of the telehealth program is to provide a means of checking in with patients when a member of the Community Nurses staff cannot physically be in the home.
On Wednesday, the competition cheerleading squad for Elk County Catholic High School headed to Orlando to compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championship, held at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Fla. The squad earned a spot by qualifying at the Allegheny Regional, which was held at Slippery Rock University in December.
The Punxsutawney Chuck wrestling squad handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen a 34-30 loss Wednesday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The match saw the Chucks open a 22-9 lead, only to see the Dutchmen come back to take a 24-22 lead with four matches remaining. Punxsy picked up two decisions and a pin to record the victory.
â€śThe team didnâ€™t get it done tonight. Punxsutawney wrestled to win,â€ť said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. â€śPunxsy had all the excuses, but they stepped up and got the job done - we didnâ€™t.
Former city councilman Tom Farley approached members of city council at their recent meeting to inquire whether they had directed the St. Marys Municipal Authority to take any action to prepare to sell water from the city's wastewater treatment plant to drillers in the Marcellus Shale industry. Farley had first approached council members about the idea during one of their budget work sessions in November 2010, stating that the revenue generated by selling the water could help balance the city's budget and potentially alleviate the need for a future tax increase.
Fox Township Elementary School students recently enjoyed a visit by poet C.J Heck of DuBois. As the author of the children's poetry book, "Barking Spiders and Other Such Stuff," Heck was invited to speak to students about her work.
Christine Kuhar, Fox Twp. Elementary principal, said the book is very popular among the school's students.
During her interactive presentations, Heck read several of her current poems, as well as selections from the soon-to-be published "Barking Spiders Too."
In addition, Heck discussed the meaning of some of the poems and how they came about.
During their meeting earlier this week, members of city council approved a variety of motions concerning legislative items within the city.
Council members gave their unanimous approval to Resolution 11-3, which certifies that the city has maintained a portion of Prince Alley for 21 years.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, PennDOT required that the city ascertain ownership and maintenance of a portion of Prince Alley in order for them to obtain liquid fuels funding for that road.
Betty Rae Showers, 84, of Benezette, died peacefully at her daughterâ€™s home on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 following a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 21, 1927 on Winslow Hill in Benezette. daughter of the late Charles and LaJune (Sexton) Larkin. In 1951, she married William E. Showers, who preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2010. Â
She lived all her life in Benezette and attended Benezette School. She worked at Stackpole Carbon in St. Marys. She loved her home, flowers, gardening and springtime. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends with a cup of hot tea.
The year-long Straub Brewery "Celebrating the SUDS" 2011 Charity Pub Crawl is set to launch on Thursday, Feb. 17, with an event taking place each month until December.
The Pub Crawl is described as a "unique and celebratory partnership" between the brewery and 10 popular area bars to benefit four local charities: the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Crystal Fire Department, Rotary Club of St. Marys and the Elk County Humane Society.