Archive - News Article
November 9th, 2014
In order to improve their pool of substitute teachers, St. Marys Area School District is considering changes specifically in wages and in their communication system with the substitute personnel.
As of August there were 51 approved substitute teachers with the school district for the 2014-15 school year.
Superintendent Brian Toth reported he met with Laura Carlson, SMASD director of support services, about the two major factors contributing to the problem.
The first, and likely main factor, is neighboring school districts are paying more per day for substitutes than SMASD.
Members of Elk County C.A.R.E.S. (Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship) are collecting signatures for an anti-fracking petition that they plan to present to the Elk County commissioners in the near future.
Mike Kamandulis, a representative of the organization, said that the Elk County C.A.R.E.S. organization, along with the Friends of the Wild organization, are preparing a petition that would ask the Elk County commissioners to make a resolution stating that they are against fracking in Elk County.
American Legion Post 103 held their annual Veterans Day Banquet at the Bavarian Hills Golf Club Saturday night with St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard as the keynote speaker.
"I have a long speech that is going to be very short," Howard began. "Because I recognize that this is not about me. It's about the veterans who are here tonight."
Howard kept his speech under 10 minutes, making a few points about taxes and Marcellus shale drilling concerns.
QUEHANNA â€“Â As of 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, 87 of the 108 tags issued for this year's weeklong elk hunt had been filled and those animals had been processed at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's elk check station in Quehanna.
Of the 21 remaining tags, three were for bulls. One bull tag remained for Elk Hunt Zone 10, Elk Hunt Zone 11, and Elk Hunt Zone 12. The three zones form the eastern border of the area where the elk hunt is held, and they are comprised of land located in Cameron, Potter, Clinton, Centre, Elk, and Clearfield counties.
Community Nurses, Inc. of Penn Highlands Elk and Elk County Catholic High School are teaming up to host two activities honoring veterans.
On Sunday afternoon the public is invited to attend a free showing of the "Honor Flight" movie at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium. The movie documents the trips taken by World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.
A Community Resource Day is being held Tuesday in the ECCHS cafeteria from noon to 4 p.m.
QUEHANNA â€“Â Pittsburgh resident David Condie was selected for the only bull elk license in Elk Hunt Zone 8, which is located primarily in southeastern Elk County, and he was able to fill that tag Wednesday morning when he harvested a 7x7 bull.
With 16 million Americans having served in World War II only slightly over one million remain today. Those veterans who were part of "the greatest generation" are dying at a rate of 640 a day according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These dwindling numbers have called for an urgency in efforts to honor those remaining veterans as well as capture their stories about their military service.
QUEHANNA â€“Â John Missal of Palmerton was one of the lucky hunters who was able to harvest a bull elk earlier this week, and he was especially excited that his son Johnny and daughter Susan were able to be with him for the experience.
The new SchoolMessenger eAlert system recently rolled out with report card notifications.
As part of the process, changes were also made with the PowerSchool, a parent portal information program utilized by the district.
PowerSchool will now provide parents with access over control of how the district communicates with them.
"We're hoping all parents will take the directions that we sent home and go through that process by updating their contact information," said Josh Williams, assistant superintendent.
QUEHANNA â€“Â There were 27 bull elk licenses issued for this year's weeklong elk hunt, and one of the first individuals to fill their tag and show up at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's elk check station in Quehanna on Monday morning was Mark Colt of Ligonier.
Not only did Colt harvest a 7x7 bull, but he noted that the elk was also the final animal that he needed to harvest out of each of the four big game animals in the state of Pennsylvania.
"I got a bear, I got a turkey, and I got a buck, and now I got an elk," he said.