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May 13th, 2012

MS fundraiser off to the races

May 13, 2012

Market Street in downtown St. Marys was transformed into a dragstrip Saturday, with modified outhouses hurtling from one end to the other all as part of a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis (MS).
The third annual "Kick the Crap out of MS Outrageous Outhouse Race" saw seven teams competing. Cheered on by the throng of onlookers, the teams raced their mobile commodes two at a time from the north end of the street down to the checkered flag. This year's grand champion team was the "Thirsty Thursday Crew" made up of Bill McMillan, Justin Brem, and Luke Fritz.

May 11th

Crusaders edge Raiders 6-5 on walk-off walk

May 11, 2012

With the score knotted up at 5-all in the bottom of the seventh inning and two runners on for the Crusaders and no outs, Brookville intentionally walked ECC's Ivan Wortman to load the bases during a contest played at Berwind Park on Friday afternoon. After striking out the next batter, Brookville pitcher Brock Beitz threw four straight balls to Jack Herzing, giving the Crusaders the 6-5 win on a walk-off walk that scored Brock McCullough.

School district turns down swimming co-op

May 11, 2012

The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors voted against participating in a co-op swimming program with the St. Marys Area School District during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien said even though the board did not reach an agreement Tuesday night they will continue to work toward instituting a co-op program.

Hometown music groups earn top titles

May 11, 2012

Chapter Championships proved to be a successful endeavor for the 2012 indoor performance groups from Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area high schools. A standing-room-only crowd gathered inside the SMA gymnasium and witnessed both the ECC and SMA colorguards finish their regular season undefeated and be crowned Chapter 11 Champions. Also named Chapter Champs were the SMA dance team and drumline as well as the ECC drumline, which brought home a close second-place finish.
Forty-two groups of percussion, colorguard, dance and baton twirlers competed in the 2012 championships.

SMASD Board votes to support reform

May 11, 2012

At Thursday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors, board members approved a resolution declaring their support for legislation and legislative reform measures that would ease financial burdens and constraints placed on school districts statewide.

May 10th

Dutchmen, Lady Crusaders win titles at county meet

May 10, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – The St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen and Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders took home titles on Thursday afternoon at the 2012 Elk County Varsity Track and Field Meet hosted by the Johnsonburg Area High School.
In the boys' meet, St. Marys finished with 90 points, followed by ECC with 61 and Johnsonburg with 38. In the girls' meet, Elk Catholic ended the day with 100 points, while Johnsonburg had 62 and St. Marys 27.

Rose P. Johnson

May 10, 2012

Rose P. Johnson, 100, formerly of Weedville and Norwalk, CA and most recently of Elk Towers in St. Marys, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born on June 20, 1911 in Slippery Rock, daughter of the late Bernardino and Demonica Martini Palumbo.
Mrs. Johnson had been employed by Sylvania Radio Tube Plant in Emporium, the Prudential Insurance Co. and retired from Boeing Co.

Area couple recalls recent Papal visit

May 10, 2012

ST. MARYS - Many people dream of someone special they would like to meet—a celebrity, a mentor, or a figure known the world over. St. Marys residents Mary and Jake Meyer realized that dream when they recently met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Rome.

Laurel Eye Clinic holds grand opening

May 10, 2012

ST. MARYS – Doctors and staff welcomed area residents to the new St. Marys location of the Laurel Eye Clinic at a grand opening held Thursday afternoon.
The clinic, housed in the Canadensis Building at 241 Depot St. in downtown St. Marys, is now accepting patients and offers routine family eye care, cataract evaluations, glaucoma management, macular degeneration management and free LASIK consultations.
The facility's eye-care specialists are Daniel L. Amsler, OD, Janice D. Dunkle, OD, and ophthalmologist Parag D. Parekh, MD, MPA.

SMASD ranks 165th out of state's 500 districts

May 10, 2012

ST. MARYS - The SMASD Board of Directors voted to approve a tentative budget at Thursday's meeting.
As is customary, the budget will be subject to review for a 30-day period before it is put to a final vote at next month's meeting. The preliminary budget includes a total of $24,339,949 in expenditures.
Superintendent Ann Kearney said that in preparing the budget, consideration is paid to various components which include faculty, enrollment, revenue, and expenditures, but also whether "our program is working."

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