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August 26th, 2014

D.A.R.E. continues to face funding obstacles

August 26, 2014

With the prominence of drug use throughout the area, City of St. Marys Police officers are working with youngsters as part of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in helping students learn to make better life choices.
D.A.R.E. is conducted in sixth grade classes at St. Marys Catholic and St. Marys Area middle schools. Last year the program reached a total of 243 students.
Weekly classes start in January after Christmas break and continue until March for a 10-week time period.
In recent years funding has been sporadic for the program.

August 25th

Three charged, one wanted in robbery

August 25, 2014

Three St. Marys residents are charged in a robbery and theft that allegedly occurred on Friday, Aug. 22 at around 9 p.m. at 430 N. St. Marys St.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim reported that four individuals wearing black clothing with their faces covered entered his apartment through the back door that was open. An investigation led to the arrests of Andrew Krewduk, 24, Faith Gagliardi, 21 and Savannah Satterwhite, 47.
Police are seeking the public's help in locating Dustin Allen Courteau, of 543 Chestnut Street.

Sheriff's Department takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 25, 2014

The Elk County Sheriff's Department cooled off on a hot summer afternoon for a good cause.
The department took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Monday afternoon at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds to help support the ALS Association.
The challenge wasn't just a way to cool off as the department donated $250 to the ALS Association.
The department was nominated by members of the Pennsylvania Sheriff's Association for the challenge and had the assistance of the Ridgway Fire Department and Ridgway Sheetz.

August 24th

ECCSS adopts Scent-Free Environment Policy

August 24, 2014

The 2014-2015 school year begins on Tuesday, and as part of a new endeavor to make faculty, staff, students, and visitors more cognizant of the fragrances of products they use and how those odors impact those around them, the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS) has adopted a new Scent-Free Environment Policy.
ECCSS President Sam MacDonald explained that the policy came about due to an increasing number of individuals within the school system experiencing reactions to certain scented products.

Myriad of topics discussed by council

August 24, 2014

Retention pond upkeep, emergency management update, airport wish list, and a City Manager's report were all items discussed recently by St. Marys City Council.
Councilman Greg Gebauer mentioned the new PennDOT installed retention ponds are not done yet and already have weeds in them about four feet high with sunflowers growing on them. He speculated when PennDOT is finished with that portion of the project the weeds are likely to be over six feet tall. These are weeds from the dirt already placed in the pond.

Community pool closes for the summer

August 24, 2014

Summer is officially over – at least as far as the St. Marys Community Pool is concerned. The pool officially closed for the year on Sunday evening, ending a summer season that did not got exactly as hoped, at least in terms of the weather.
Sitting at one of the picnic tables in the pool's snack bar area just after 2 p.m., outgoing pool manager Greg Snelick watched as only a handful of people enjoyed an afternoon at the pool for the final time this summer.

August 22nd

Council ponders new budget item for city's anniversary

August 22, 2014

During a recent City Council work session, a proposal was introduced to create a budget line item for the next three years to set aside a small amount of funds to prepare for St. Marys 175th anniversary in 2017.
According to Councilmen Ned Jacob, who suggested the idea, the funds would be utilized to help with any parade, carnival or festival which may take place.
Councilwoman Sally Geyer voiced her complete opposition to the idea.
"That should be up to the committee that is going to do that not up to council in 2014," Geyer said.

Local fallen hero remembered

August 22, 2014

Mary Parziale Bentz, of Washington, D.C. and formerly of Brockway, recently released a book with her husband Richard entitled "We Remember Them: A Biographical Supplement for Fatal Dive."
"We Remember Them" contains biographies of the crew of the World War II submarine the USS Grunion, which sunk near the Japanese-occupied Aleutian Island of Kiska on July 30, 1942.
Though the exact cause of the Grunion's demise remains unknown, it is believed that a confrontation occurred between the Grunion and a Japanese ship.

August 21st

Officials react to Sheriff's dept. remarks

August 21, 2014

The Elk County Commissioners released a statement late Thursday morning in response to reports concerning an investigation into the county's Sheriff's department. The statement was signed by commissioners Jan Kemmer, June Sorg, and Dan Freeburg. It reads:
The Board of County Commissioners of Elk County offers the following responses to quotations appearing in the local newspaper accounts of a pending investigation of the Elk County Sheriff's Department:

Elk County Farm Bureau addresses pension reform

August 21, 2014

As part of its annual legislative tour, Elk County Farm Bureau members discussed several issues of importance impacting the agricultural industry currently being debated by state legislators.
Among the Farm Bureau's top concerns are pension reform, accountability of gas well operators and surface landowners and exemption from state sales tax for timbering operations.
"We work on legislation vital to agriculture, but also to all walks of life in Pa.," said Elk County Farm Bureau Governmental Relations Director Ernie Mattiuz.

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