Archive - 2013 - News Article
Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) is reaching out to area businesses and individuals to join them in raising funds to purchase portable ramps as part of their Ramp Drive.
"Through this drive, it is our intent to purchase 10-15 portable ramps to meet the temporary needs of people with disabilities, with the cost of the ramps ranging from $300-$700," explained Hope Weichman, LIFT deputy director.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel items during their recent meeting. All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable. Supplemental contracts were awarded, homebound teachers were hired along with support personnel and substitutes. One unpaid leave of absence was approved.
MT. JEWETT â€“ Despite a frigid, windy night, there was a warm glow in the air as the family of murder victim Alyssa Forsyth gathered at her grave to mark her 19th birthday.
The 45-minute vigil included the lighting of 19 large candles at the young woman's grave at Bridgeview Cemetery off Kushequa Avenue in Mt. Jewett.
More than 25 family members and friends, wearing heavy winter coats and hats and gloves, stood at the grave to sing "Happy Birthday" and other songs.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney recently met with superintendents from throughout Elk County to discuss the start date of the 2014-2015 school year.
The choice which best fits SMASD programming entails holding two in-service days on Friday, Aug. 22 and Monday, Aug. 25. The first day of school would start on Tuesday, Aug. 26, the last week in August.
Family Life presented "The Gifts of the Magi" at the Red Fern Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Red Fern. Friday and Saturday nights were a dinner theater while Sunday afternoon saw patrons have dessert before the show.
The results of the EQT Energy Classic "Lucky Lip Sync" video contest were announced at 6 p.m. on Friday night, and Elk County Catholic High School was named the victor of the $500 first place prize with their rendition of the Christmas song 'All I Want For Christmas Is You.'
Ridgway Borough Council on Friday afternoon voted to advertise their 2014 budget proposal which features no tax hike.
A complete copy of the entire proposed 2014 budget is available for public inspection at the borough office under normal business hours.
Over 350 parents participated in the St. Marys Area School District food service survey, in hopes to obtain data to improve food services.
The survey was available on the school district's website at www.smasd.org and asked about opinions regarding the lunches served in the district. Jennifer Asti, SMASD food service director, was concerned about what some of the misconceptions that parents have from their children on the matter.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney met with Asti to begin reviewing the survey responses and comments.
Before going to sleep last night a number of children throughout the area made sure their shoes would be easy to find in anticipation of the annual visit from Belsnickel, who stops by many homes each year on the eve of the feast of St. Nicholas.
RIDGWAY â€“ According to officials with the Western Pennsylvania Division of the Salvation Army, the division's Red Christmas Kettle Campaign is trailing behind 2012 figures by more than $307,000.
Lieutenant Esther E. Wilson, Corps Officer at the Salvation Army in Ridgway said Wednesday afternoon that collections have been down for Elk County as well as volunteers to stand at the kettles.