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August 10th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“ The next birthday party or wedding you attend may not have the typical bunches of balloons present to mark the celebration-- a current shortage of helium means there may be nothing to fill them up with.
Local stores that sell helium balloons say suppliers have told them there is currently no new supply, and they may not be able to get more helium until mid-September or even beyond.
ST. MARYS - Citing mounting cafeteria debt, the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors held extensive discussions at Thursday's workshop meeting about the possibility of restricting student field trip participation for those students with excessive cafeteria debt.
Several requests for the use of recreational facilities were recently approved by the Fox Township Supervisors for events, including birthday parties and family reunions.
The supervisors passed a motion made by Supervisor Mike Keller which would give authority to Fox Twp. Recreation Facilities Director Debby Agosti to approve such future requests. Agosti would be responsible for providing a monthly report of the requests to the supervisors.
"This would make things more user-friendly," Keller said.
"It would make my life a lot easier," Agosti added.
A motion revising the city's engine brake ordinance was tabled on Monday evening during the St. Marys City Council meeting. Councilman Gary Anderson proposed several new changes to the city's current ordinance on the matter.
Anderson proposed the changes following a trip he took out West in which he noticed numerous unmuffled engine brake use prohibited signs.
KERSEY â€“ The Elk County Fair is featuring a new event this year, as a "street truck tire pull" event will debut at the fairgrounds in Kersey.
"I was at a fair in Albion [N.Y.] and people come off the streets with their pickup trucks and try to pull this weight behind them," said Merv Kemmer, fair manager.
In Albion, N.Y., the event was quite popular and Kemmer hopes to replicate that popularity in Kersey.
"They received a good turnout [in Albion]," Kemmer said. "We have large industrial tires [on the Al Dietz Memorial Track] and it's going to be a fun night to see how it works out."
Members of St. Marys City Council embarked on a heated debate on Monday evening regarding the placement of tobacco-free signs at area recreation parks.
The issue was discussed at a previous meeting following a resident's complaint about the signs to St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer. Geyer said council was unaware the signs were in place. City Manager Dave Greene said the St. Marys Recreation Board has the right to enact a policy to place the signs within local parks.
At 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, family, friends, classmates and fellow lifeguards of Michael Proudfit gathered at Memorial Park for the planting of a memorial tree in Proudfit's honor. Proudfit died following a car crash in February.
The tree, a Royal Raindrops Flowering Crab, was purchased with donations collected by Proudfit's classmates at Elk County Catholic High School.
Clythera Hornung, a member of the Shade Tree Commission who was on hand at the event, explained that this particular type of tree is coincidentally appropriate for Proudfit, given his love of pink.
New legislation revising the standards by which Pennsylvania public school teachers, principals and certain non-teaching professional employees are evaluated will be phased in at St. Marys Area School District and other Pa. schools beginning in the upcoming school year.
Under the new law, student achievement will make up 50 percent of the educatorâ€™s overall evaluation score. Student achievement will be calculated using a combination of statewide assessments, student growth data through the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System, and other elective measures chosen at the local level.
KERSEY â€“ On Aug. 15, all candidates for the Pennsylvania top state offices of the Democratic Party will gather together at The Red Fern in Kersey at 5 p.m. to introduce their ideas and discuss their stance for the upcoming election.
â€śThis is quite an honor to have all of these candidates,â€ť said Bob Roberts, Elk County Democratic Committee chairman. â€śWeâ€™ve never seen the likes of all of the candidates running for the top state offices here in Elk County.â€ť
ST. MARYS - Around 300 people braved the threat of rain on Sunday morning to participate in the the inaugural Michael B. Proudfit Memorial 5K Walk/Run, which began and ended at Memorial Park in St. Marys. The race replaced the Picnic in the Park 5K, which had been held for the past two years.