Archive - 2014
During Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting, a motion to revisit the topic of offering free holiday parking throughout December failed by a 4-3 vote. However, out of the discussion came an innovative proposal by Councilman Lou Radkowski which could benefit downtown businesses in the long run.
Earlier this month, council approved free parking throughout downtown on Light Up Night on Friday, Nov. 21 from 4-8 p.m., on Black Friday, and on the four holiday weekends on Friday evenings and all day Saturday as well as all through December in the parking garage.
ERIE â€“ Francis Anthony Milliard, 57, formerly of Ridgway, has been sentenced in federal court to 60 months in jail and ordered to forfeit firearms involved in the offenses on his conviction of conspiracy to possess firearms by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced Monday.
According to the Department of Justice, United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Milliard.
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 absences and transfer of support personnel.
Luke Shofestall was approved as a long-term substitute teacher at SMAHS, effective Nov. 11. He holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Clarion University and is certified in social studies.
The following professional substitute personnel were hired:
Deborah A. Kronenwetter, 58, of 91 Wes Ln., St. Marys, died suddenly Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 at her home.
She was born Nov. 2, 1956, a daughter of Richard Johnston and the late Helen Goodrow Johnston, who preceded her in death Jan. 26, 2010.
On April 8, 2006, she married David Kronenwetter, who survives.
St. Marys Area School District administrators will now receive a monthly stipend toward their cellphone bill as approved by the school board of directors.
When questioned if administrators would prefer a district-issued cellphone or receive a stipend for their personal phone for district communication and emergencies, a majority of them chose the stipend which was approved at $50 a month, totaling $600 for the year. The stipend will be paid annually in December.
Administrators will also receive a one-time upgrade stipend of $100.
RIDGWAY â€“ Randy Baloga, a United States Marine Corps veteran (1971-1977) recently added a portion of his 1:6 scale model soldier collection to the display case welcoming residents to the Elk County Courthouse Annex along Center Street in Ridgway.
"I'm a veteran and I've been coming to the Courthouse Annex for several years now," Sergeant Baloga said. "In the past years this display window has been the same and I thought it might be nice to do something different."
The seeds for such a collection were planted 50 years ago as Baloga had quite a few Hasbro toys around 1964.
The St. Marys Area School District board of school directors recently approved a variety of items ranging from an employee savings plan to an update to its field trip policy.
An amendment to the district's 403(b) plan now will allow Roth 403(b) employee-only contributions according to the established eligibility criteria and the investments, exchanges, transfers and distributions options.
"These are a unique savings opportunity for employees," said SMASD Business Manager Ginger Williams. "It is an opportunity to diversify."
EMPORIUM â€“ Representatives from Seneca Resources invited four University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students to tour one of their rigs in Emporium to show the realities of working and living on a drilling rig.
The four students, who were all enrolled in the petroleum technology program at UPB, were able to use the tour to transition their knowledge from books to real life while learning about future employment opportunities that may be available to them.
Rose M. Sobierajski Haines, 85, of 122 Reserve Rd., St. Marys and formerly of Evers Avenue, died Saturday, Nov. 15 at Pinecrest Manor after a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 17, 1929 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Edward and Sabina Bauer Ehrensberger.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1947. She was an LPN and had worked doing private duty nursing and had also worked at the former Extended Care Facility.
She was a member of St. Mary's Church, loved to play bingo and enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren.
Glen F. Daniel,Â 64, of St. Marys, died Thursday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2014, surrounded by close friends and loved ones.
He was born Sept. 15, 1950 in St. Marys, a son of the late James and Eileen Hepner Daniel.
Glen graduated from Alford State College where he began his career as a high school biology teacher. The last 20 years, he worked as a chemist at Plum Borough Water Treatment Plant in Monroeville before his retirement.
He is survived by a brother, Kenneth (Rita) Daniel of St. Augustine, Fla.; a niece, Erin; and his longtime friend, Willa Amacher of St. Marys.