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Neal: Memorial Day a day of conflicting emotions

May 25, 2015

On Monday morning, Leslie Neal, Elk County Director of Veterans Affairs, addressed attendees at the annual Memorial Day celebration at Memorial Park regarding not only the members of the armed forces who lost their lives, but also those who returned from conflicts, and Americans' obligations to them. Neal, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, served as the Honorary Grand Marshal of this year's event.
"Memorial Day is a day of conflicting emotions for each of us," she said. "It is a blend of pride and mournfulness, gratitude and loss, and a deep abiding sense of patriotism."

St. Marys celebrates Memorial Day

May 25, 2015

Warm weather and sunny skies drew a number of area residents to Memorial Park, as well as the sidewalks along the route of this year's Memorial Day parade as a number of area groups and officials joined together Monday to remember those who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces.

St. Marys celebrates Memorial Day

May 25, 2015

Warm weather and sunny skies drew a number of area residents to Memorial Park, as well as the sidewalks along the route of this year's Memorial Day parade as a number of area groups and officials joined together Monday to remember those who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces.

Attendees reminded of true purpose of Memorial Day

May 25, 2015

JAY TWP. – Retired U.S. Air Force Major Jesse J. Benevich served as the keynote speaker during the Memorial Day celebration held Saturday afternoon at the Mt. Zion Historical Park.
Benevich began by discussing the task of defending the United States against its enemies that is taken up by all those who enter into the country's armed forces.

Masson offers remarks on importance of remembering those who served

May 25, 2015

JAY TWP. – The Honorable Richard Masson, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the 59th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, was the closing speaker at Saturday afternoon's Memorial Day celebration at Mt. Zion Historical Park, and he provided attendees with a few important thoughts about the true meaning of the holiday.
First though, Masson began by telling attendees about a soldier who had fought – and died – at the Battle of Gettysburg but never received the recognition members of his family believed he was due.

Controlled burn spreads to unoccupied structure

May 22, 2015

DAGUSCAHONDA – A controlled burn in Daguscahonda apparently spread out of control late Thursday night and destroyed an unoccupied house scheduled for demolition.
According to Corporal Greg Agosti, a fire marshal with the State Police at Ridgway, Robert J. Lilley, 43, of Ridgway, was burning brush at 617 E. Mill St. in Daguscahonda.

St. Marys man ditches rig, holds up traffic

May 22, 2015

A St. Marys man is facing multiple charges in court after it was reported that he abandoned his tractor-trailer on North Michael Street near the diamond before laying on the road and resisting arrest when police showed up, all while possibly under the influence of bath salts.
On Tuesday morning around 1:30 a.m., the St. Marys City Police Department received a call reporting a man banging on windows and laying in the roadway on North Michael Street near the Diamond.

Charges filed from April Windfall crash

May 22, 2015

Charges have been filed against a St. Marys woman stemming from an April 15 crash which resulted in extensive property damage including a broken utility pole along Windfall Road.
Tonia Joyce Rio, 43, of 461 Washington St., St. Marys, faces multiple DUI charges in addition to accidents invoking damage to unattended property and careless driving.
Rio was transported to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw. The samples were sent to NMS Labs and a report was received earlier this month by the St. Marys City Police Department, indicated her BAC at 12:39 a.m. April 16 was 0.156.

District approves personnel items

May 22, 2015

The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel items during their recent meeting.
Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors are new hires of school drivers, support personnel, awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, a resignation, leaves of absence and transfer of support personnel.

Residents voice concerns over road damage from truck traffic

May 21, 2015

Although EQT Corp. is only two weeks into hauling water from its drilling well site in Jay Township, residents and supervisors report the heavy truck traffic has already made its mark on the township roads.
Several residents at Thursday evening's Jay Township Supervisors meeting voiced their concern about the condition of Mt. Zion Road which they said has sustained significant damage from constant truck traffic.
The Pittsburgh-based natural gas producing company currently operates its Longhorn C1 well pad on Grey Hill Road.

Supervisors announce open board vacancies

May 21, 2015

The Jay Township Supervisors approved the transfer of Act 13 funds to purchase three GP-11 permits at a cost of $7,499.63.
The permit consists of a submerged license agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection which allows the township to perform maintenance, testing, repair, rehabilitation or replacement of water obstructions and encroachments.
The township plans to remove stone and other items from the creek which was a result of last year's May flooding.

Memorial Day plans finalized

May 21, 2015

The Memorial Day Committee has announced completed plans for the annual observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.
The day's activities will begin at 8 a.m. with graveside services by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1047 in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at the graveside of World War II veteran Aurelius J. Herzing.
Similar services will be conducted at the gravesite of World War II veteran David "Bud" Silvis in the Protestant Cemetery on Washington Street. The public is invited and urged to attend these impressive ceremonies which emulate the true meaning of Memorial Day.

VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"

May 21, 2015

VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"
Letterman has a star-studded finale

Students lend a hand conducting various fundraisers

May 20, 2015

This group of St. Marys Area Middle School students including Student Council members, class officers and others assisted with conducting numerous fundraisers held at the school benefitting local organizations and projects.

SMAMS conducts annual Day of Giving

May 20, 2015

Dickinson Mental Health, the Pulsera Project, Elk County Humane Society, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh are just some of the organizations benefitting from student fundraising efforts at St. Marys Area Middle School this year.
The school recently held their annual Day of Giving assembly in which Student Council representatives along with seventh- and eighth-grade class officers presented checks to organization representatives in front of the student body.

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