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Dedication ceremony for Rotary clock

April 26, 2015

St. Marys Rotarians and citizens gathered early Saturday afternoon along the Boulevard for a clock dedication ceremony in conjunction with the club's 65th anniversary.
"About two years ago we decided that with our 65th year coming up, we wanted to do something to make it a special event," said Rotarian Bob Roberts, also the chairman of the club's clock committee. "Rotarian Dave Greene suggested the idea of putting up a clock, and from there the research was done and there was a lot of planning, a lot of investigating."

Unique college-prep program focuses on those in autism spectrum

April 26, 2015

For Mitchell Rakieski, an 11th grade student at St. Marys Area High School, college preparation is beginning earlier than most.
This summer, Rakieski will participate in the Mercyhurst University's Foundations program, recognized as the nation’s top college-readiness program for students on the autism spectrum.
Rakieski was one of 24 students selected out of many applicants from all across the U.S.

Seismic testing to continue throughout three-county area

April 26, 2015

In continuing with their natural gas development process, Seneca Resources Corporation plans to begin 3-D seismic testing across a 97-square mile area spanning Elk, Jefferson and Forest counties.
This is a continuation of a project Seneca conducted last year that focused on the greater St. Marys area.
The area encompasses Elk County's Millstone and Spring Creek townships as well as Jefferson County's Barnett, Eldred, Heath, Polk and Warsaw townships and Forest County's Barnett and Jenks townships.

Local author chronicles unlikely friendship

April 24, 2015

St. Marys author John Schlimm recounts the poignant conversations he shared over a five-year period with Sister Augustine in his new memoir "Five Years in Heaven - The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions."
The heartfelt story tells of second chances as a 31-year-old man lost and alone at a crucial crossroads in his life finds heaven on earth within the confines of St. Joseph Monastery where he meets an 87-year-old wise and humble artist at the convent's ceramic shop.

City awarded Tree City USA title for 10 years

April 24, 2015

Despite the unseasonably snowy weather, fifth grade students from St. Marys Catholic Elementary School gathered at Benzinger Park for the city's annual Tree City USA ceremony.
David and Tom Grotzinger of West Creek Nursery showed how to plant a tree as students pitched in the process by taking turns shoveling mulch around the tree then compacting it around the tree's base.
This year's tree of choice was a purple prince flowering crab tree and planted in the grassy area behind the parking lot.

Dance company completes regional competition tour

April 24, 2015

DDCC of April School of Dance ended their regional competition tour at Encore DCS in Johnstown from March 27-29. The company, directed and choreographed by Jennifer and Chelle Blankenship of Kane with dancers from all over Elk County had a successful weekend competing in the competitive level of competition.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history

April 24, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history

Patrick Jones has the 5 worst number one overall draft picks in NFL history. Who were they? Check out the video!

Elk County has 4 PA Wilds award winners

April 23, 2015

KERSEY – On Thursday evening, multiple Elk County businesses, an event and a nature landmark were recognized during the Pennsylvania Wilds Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet.
They are among a small group of business owners, citizens and organizations from across the 12.5 county Pennsylvania Wilds region who were acknowledged for their contributions in sustainable tourism development.

VA medical asset stipulation changed

April 23, 2015

RIDGWAY – An important change in VA health care may open the door for more veterans to apply for enrollment.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently collects income and net worth (asset) information from veterans who apply for enrollment in VA health care to determine eligibility and/or copay responsibility.
To align VA's health care program with other federal health care programs' financial assessment requirements, earlier this year the VA discontinued the collection of veterans' net worth information for purposes of financial assessment for health benefits.

ECCHS students chosen to take part in lab pilot test

April 23, 2015

Students in the AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Human Anatomy and Physiology classes at Elk County Catholic High School recently had the opportunity to take part in the pilot test of a lab created by Science Take-Out of Pittsford, N.Y. ECC was one of 32 schools selected to participate in the pilot test out of around 700 applicants.
According to Laura Anderson, Science Department Chairperson and the instructor for all three courses, the school found out they were selected in early December and received the material required for the lab at the end of February.

Dowd charged in January 'Suzy's' arson

April 22, 2015

A Ridgway man is charged with arson in the January fire at 590 South St. Marys St., formerly Suzy's Furniture Store.
A joint investigation by the St. Marys Police, the State Police Fire Marshal and the Crystal Fire Department concluded with the arrest of Colin M. Dowd, 36.

SMAHS seniors to represent DECA Club at international event

April 22, 2015

St. Marys Area High School senior Deianna Young earned a trip to the DECA international competition after bringing home a top three finish at the organization's 2015 State Career Development Conference recently held in Hershey.
Young received third-place honors in the DECA Quick Serve Restaurant Management portion of the state competition held at the Hershey Lodge from Feb. 24-26.
On Friday, Young will depart for the DECA International Career Development Conference taking place in Orlando, Fla. until April 28.

SMAHS to host indoor championships Saturday

April 22, 2015

On Saturday, St. Marys Area High School will host 38 different indoor color guard, drumline, dance teams, and majorette groups as part of the Tournament Indoor Association's (TIA) Allegheny Mountain Region Chapter 11 Championships.
"It will be a day of great performances that one doesn't see often here," said Chris Gankosky, SMAHS band director.

North Central offering region specific professional training

April 22, 2015

RIDGWAY – During Wednesday's full board of directors meeting for the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, Susie Snelick, North Central's Workforce Investment Board director, spoke about a wide range of training sessions that North Central will be rolling out to meet the region's specific workforce development needs.
North Central has begun putting on training sessions in the area through its JOBS! Initiative after receiving a $425,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Pa. Jobs1st Initiative.

St. Marys woman injured in Kane crash

April 22, 2015

KANE – A St. Marys woman was injured Wednesday in one of two rear-end traffic collisions in Kane.
Kane Borough Police Chief Heath Boyer identified the injured woman as Christina Canella, a driver of one of the vehicles involved in the wrecks.
An ambulance transported Canella to Kane Community Hospital for treatment of a back injury, police said.
Canella was driving north on Route 321 from Wilcox when she stopped at the stop sign at Biddle Street (Route 6) Wednesday afternoon to make a right turn onto Biddle Street.

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