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Council receives EIP report with stipulations

May 4, 2015

St. Marys City Council unanimously voted to acknowledge receipt of the St. Marys Early Intervention Program (EIP) report on Monday evening during their work session.
"We do not necessarily have to do everything in the report," said Councilman Ned Jacob.
Jacob proposed the motion to acknowledge the report stating the caveat is the yet-to-be-named city manager must meet with council and a committee to review the report before passing anything in the report.

Servicemen’s Detail recognized for community efforts

May 4, 2015

The St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail was presented with the Community Non-Profit Award during the recent St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.
On Friday evening, numerous Detail members and their spouses were the honored guests at the Chamber dinner held at The Highlands.
The Community Non-Profit Award recognizes an organization which has given back to the community through service. Accepting the award was Bill Miller, a detail member.
Chamber Outreach Coordinator Ashley O’Dell provided information on the Detail upon receiving its award. 

Social media campaign celebrates Catholic sisters influences

May 4, 2015

In an effort to says thanks to Catholic Sisters around the world who have dedicated their lives to serving, encouraging and inspiring others, local author John Schlimm and his book publisher have designated today as Thank A Nun Day.
This organized social media effort encourages people to share messages of gratitude to the Catholic nuns, past and present, who have made a difference in their lives.
Social media users everywhere are invited to join the global movement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Plane strikes building after failed startup

May 3, 2015

A small plane veered out of control upon startup striking a portion of a building Sunday afternoon at the St. Marys Municipal Airport.
A pilot and his passenger escaped with only minor injuries.
The incident occurred as pilot Preston Hoopes of Ulysses in Potter County was reportedly having difficulty starting his plane. He reported to Alan McPherson, airport manager, that he exited the plane to slightly move the propellor which he said suddenly started although the key in the ignition was turned to the off position as was the master switch.

Businesses recognized for success with Chamber awards

May 3, 2015

Two St. Marys businesses were recognized during the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Dinner held Friday evening at The Highlands.
Among those honored were Penn Pallet receiving the Business Achievement award and The River 98.9 receiving the Blight to Flight award.
Chamber Outreach Coordinator Ashley O'Dell introduced each award, provided information on the winner and presented an engraved plaque to recipients along with Chamber President Greg Stauffer.

National Day of Prayer set for Thursday in Ridgway

May 3, 2015

RIDGWAY – Area residents will pause to reflect Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. for the annual National Day of Prayer event at the Courthouse Gazebo in downtown Ridgway.

Annual Civil War encampment held Friday

May 2, 2015

St. Marys Area Middle School hosted their annual Civil War encampment on Friday.
This is the 15th year for the event which included 11 stations, the most of any encampment to date.
Forty-two reenactors participated in the event highlighting various aspects of the Civil War and that time period ranging from fashions, a blacksmith store, a medical doctor tent, a live mortar shoot, a canon demonstration, artillery education, a marching drill station, a gift shop, discussion with a Civil War author and readings of time period ghost stories.

Council approves local subdivisions

May 2, 2015

Several subdivision applications were approved by St. Marys City Council.
Among them were a request from Hunt Oil Products, Inc. of Brusselles Street to divide two lots from a 2.38 acre parcel as separate lots for sale. Lot 1 is .91 acres, lot 2 is .38 acres and the residual parcel is 1.08 acres. All lots have an existing building on them with public water and sewage.
The residual parcel is accessed via a private 40 ft. wide street, which has frontage along the street.
A minor subdivision was approved for the Lanzel Trust on Wilson Road.

VIDEO: 7 Facts You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby

May 1, 2015

VIDEO: 7 Facts You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby
With the 141st annual Kentucky Derby right around the bend, we're bringing you a list of things you might not have known about the iconic horse race.

Mayor proposes PHE rep to update council on hospital activity

April 30, 2015

St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard proposed inviting a Penn Highlands Elk representative to a council meeting to explain in more details some of the activity taking place at the hospital which will allow council an opportunity to ask questions.
Howard recently attended a meeting at PHE where CEO Rose Campbell explained their move to a critical access hospital (CAH), which are typically rural community hospitals according to the American Hospital Association.
"The hospital has been losing money historically for the last number of years," Howard said.

Civil War encampment being held Friday at St. Marys Area Middle School

April 29, 2015

For the past 15 years, St. Marys Area Middle School has paid homage to the Civil War during annual encampments held at the school. The school's Civil War Club, under the director of teacher Cherri Gigliotti, hosts the event.
Gigliotti said this year's encampment is slated to be the school's biggest yet in terms of the number of activities and reenactors.
Students have the opportunity to experience what life was like during the Civil War era by visiting 11 stations situated inside and outside of the school, each focusing on a different aspect of the time period.

Tom Aiello of Kane ends long career as firefighter instructor

April 29, 2015

KANE – Tom Aiello of Kane is proud of his legacy.
By taking part in training classes taught by Aiello, thousands of volunteer firefighters across Pennsylvania and nearby states have learned the proper techniques for fighting structure fires.
Aiello, a longtime volunteer firefighter himself, has been a state-certified fire instructor since 1969. He is retiring with the title of senior master instructor-- the highest level given in the state. He now is referred to as fire instructor emeritus.

SMAHS students inducted into National Honor Society

April 28, 2015

On Tuesday evening, the academic excellence of St. Marys Area High School juniors and seniors was celebrated as students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
Among those honored were 38 first-year junior members, 26 second-year senior members and three senior first-year members in both the NHS Dr. Walter Black Chapter and the Dennis J. Driscoll National Technical Honor Society.
The ceremony began with the grand march of students into SMA's Carpin Auditorium followed by the lighting of the torch of knowledge by Megan Henderson and Madison Quesenberry.

Community assessment idea entries approaching deadline

April 28, 2015

The Stackpole-Hall Foundation community survey as part of its long-range planning project is drawing to a close on April 30.
The purpose of the project is to gather ideas or suggestions from current and former Elk County residents about supporting young people and senior citizens in Elk County.
A special website, stackpolehall.ideascale.com, was created to allow individuals to submit their ideas as well as vote on existing suggestions and make constructive comments on them. Individuals may only cast one vote per idea.

Daguscahonda offers springtime birdwatching opportunities

April 28, 2015

DAGUSCAHONDA – For the past several years now, a piebald robin has been making its way around Daguscahonda in the springtime much to the delight of the town's residents.
One resident, Melinda Marconi, was able to capture the small bird on camera.

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