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November 15th, 2011

SMAMS teacher receives McDonald's 'MAC' grant

November 15, 2011

Julie Newton, a seventh and eighth grade math teacher at St. Marys Area Middle School (SMAMS), is presented with a $500 McDonald's MAC grant by Linda Hoffman, right, owner of the St. Marys McDonald's on Wednesday morning.

November 14th

Board members honored at SMASD meeting

November 15, 2011

Honor roll certificates were presented to members of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors in recognition of their service during Monday's meeting as part of a statewide effort on behalf of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to acknowledge and honor school directors for their years of service.
Certificates were presented to James Baumgratz, Joseph Goetz, John Mulcahy and Patricia Razmerski.

Public education celebrated during 'American Education Week'

November 14, 2011

Public schools across the nation, including those in the St. Marys Area School District, are planning a variety of activities this week in celebration of "American Education Week" (AEW) taking place from Nov. 13-19.
Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), American Education Week is "Celebrating 90 Years of Public Education" as its 2011 theme.

ECCOTA presents ‘Heart in the Arts’ awards at gala

November 14, 2011

ST. MARYS - Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) presented awards to individuals who have contributed to the arts in Elk County at the organization’s annual gala Saturday evening. The Monte Carlo-themed event was held at the Diamond View Restaurant in St. Marys.
Abbi Peters, ECCOTA executive director, said this is the first year the awards have been presented. Titled “Heart in the Arts,” the awards were founded based on ECCOTA’s mission statement and were designed to “honor organizations and individuals for providing experience, opportunity and support.”

Elk County a buyer's market for homes

November 14, 2011

ST. MARYS - While Elk County was not spared by the national housing crisis, local realtors say that comparatively it has fared better than other parts of the country. While certain realtors cite an increase in sales in recent years and others a drop, there is a general consensus that property values in the area have depreciated, resulting in the confluence of a buyer-oriented market.
According to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales nationwide declined in September, but activity has increased since this time last year.

School district files Notice of Intervention

November 14, 2011

RIDGWAY - The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution for their solicitor to file a Notice of Intervention concerning a tax assessment appeal filed by Metaldyne Sintered Products currently pending in the Court of Common Pleas.
According to finance manager Brent Rhoads, Metaldyne appealed their tax assessment concerning both the Ridgway and St. Marys properties.
Rhoads said their appraisal could mean a loss to the school district of about $30,000 per year.
Rhoads said the Board of Appeals has rejected their appeal against Elk County.

November 13th

American Legion Post 103 holds annual Veterans Day Banquet

November 13, 2011

Members of American Legion Post 103 held their annual Veterans Day Banquet at the Bavarian Hills on Saturday evening. According to Victor Straub, master of ceremonies for the event, 67 people were in attendance at this year's event. Straub also noted that the event was Post 103's 65th consecutive annual Veterans Day banquet.

Rep. Gabler: Veterans Day an opportunity to think

November 13, 2011

Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) served as the guest speaker at American Legion Post 103's annual Veterans Day banquet on Saturday evening at Bavarian Hills.
After reflecting upon the history of Veterans Day, Gabler remarked that the event served as a time "to stop and reflect on how thankful we all are as a nation for the sacrifices that are made to enable us to live as we do as Americans each and every day."
Gabler noted that he originally tried to come up with something 'unique' or 'profound' for the occasion, but then realize this was not what was needed.

November 11th

Area PSU students shed light on campus atmosphere

November 12, 2011

STATE COLLEGE – It's been a tough week for Penn State fans, and an even harder week for the students currently attending PSU's Main Campus in State College. With a national scandal unfolding around their university, these students have faced the challenge of staying focused on their studies while trying to make sense of the events that occurred throughout the week.
Several students from the St. Marys area are currently enrolled at the school, and a few were willing to share their views of what the atmosphere has been like on campus.

Mister Rogers' sweater drive to benefit local families

November 12, 2011

Donations of new sweaters, hats and mittens are being collected for the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive taking place in the area from Nov. 16 to Dec. 9.
As part of the event, hosted by Dickinson Center, Inc.'s Children's Prevention Services, numerous donation boxes have been placed throughout St. Marys. Locations include Giant Eagle, Marienstadt Center, Apollo Theatre, Mountain Laurel Federal Credit Union, St. Marys Public Library and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as Dickinson Center at 110 Lincoln St. in Ridgway.

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