February 9th, 2012
Thursday's workshop meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors included presentations from school principals on quarter two of the 2011-2012 school year and preparations being made for the upcoming quarter and Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests in March.
St. Marys Area High School principal Josh Williams said significant progress in terms of discipline has been made in comparing second quarters of the previous three years, adding that there is still some work to be done on the academic front.
U.S. Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-Howard, recently outlined his legislative priorities for 2012 as the 112th Congress .
â€œWe start 2012 with momentum.Â On Dec. 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill I introduced this year, the 'Service Members Telemedicine and E-Health Portability Act,' or 'STEP Act,' which will expand mental and health care access to our nationâ€™s service members," Thompson said.
In an effort to attract individual members to the organization as well as promoting area businesses and their products, the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is launching Chamber Door Buster days beginning today.
"In the past the Chamber has offered member-to-member discounts, but we've never focused on individual discounts," explained St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Community Outreach Coordinator Ashley O'Dell. "While we still have great benefits for our business members, this year's membership is focused on individuals and what we can do for them."
My reflections of Joe Paterno go back to Sept. 26, 1978, when I attended a luncheon in State College at Gatsby's Restaurant. Joe Paterno was in attendance; President Gerald Ford; George H.W. Bush was the national Republican chairman; Governor Dick Thornburgh; Lt. Gov. Bill Scranton; Congressman Bill Clinger were all in attendance at the luncheon. Speakers for this luncheon were President Ford, Congressman Clinger and Joe Paterno.
As Valentine's Day draws near, florists have stocked their shops with the flowers and bouquets that will commemorate the holiday for many couples. While purchasing that floral token of affection is as easy as walking into your local flower shop, local florists explain it is a more complicated task than one might think in their preparing for the holiday and getting those flowers to you.
As local florists explained the flowers gifted this Valentine's Day are almost exclusively imported from countries like Canada and Colombia or shipped in from states like California.
City Council approved the 2012 CDBG application, which included water/sewer/road improvements in the form of multi-year projects.
City of St. Marys Community Development Block Grant Coordinator Tina Gradizzi was in attendance during Monday evening's workshop, where she explained the scope of the project.
As part of the project, 2011 CDBG funding will be combined with 2012 funding.
Gradizzi emphasized the project will go forward once she receives a positive response from residents on the citywide income survey.
The Elk County Catholic High School competition cheerleading squad is on their way to the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla. for the second year in a row.
State Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk, said creating jobs, particularly in rural areas like his legislative district, and ensuring fiscal responsibility in state spending are top priorities for 2012.
A lengthy process came to fruition Tuesday as the Elk County Commissioners approved an energy-saving initiative that could save county officials and taxpayers over $500,000 in the next 20 years.
"Bekki Titchner and I have been developing a plan to make the county buildings as energy-efficient as possible," said Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator for the county's planning department. "In doing so, we have hired a company called FIT Optimized Solutions to do an energy audit to tell us what the best solutions are for us to make our buildings more energy-efficient.
Members of City Council unanimously approved the creation of a new management position at the city's wastewater treatment plant.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, the city created the position of assistant plant supervisor, a position which has remained unfilled since 2002.