November 10th, 2014
Ensuring every student has an adequate lunch is now possible in the St. Marys Area School District.
In cases where parents forget to pay their child's lunch bill or if they have a negative balance, students will now receive a regular meal rather than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
"I think every kid coming here should get a regular lunch," said SMASD Superintendent Brian Toth.
A St. Marys woman is charged with felony counts of identity theft and access device fraud for use of a PNC bank account belonging to someone else.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Darlene I. Fuenffinger, 61, of 1325 Glen Hazel Rd., is alleged to have made a total of nine payments to her Capital One account, using the PNC account belonging to Jacqueline Rhines of St. Marys. Transactions totaled to $1,278.64.
Archibald "Archie" Krumenacker, 78, of Colver, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at home.
He was born July 14, 1936 in Barr Township, son of Edna Krumenacker Gausman.
He retired from Bethlehem Mines No. 33 in Ebensburg and was a truck driver for Krumenacker Lumber Co. He was an Army veteran during the Korean War.
Archie loved his family, working in his garden and going to the casino.
When the Kane Wolves dominated the Elk County Catholic Crusaders 39-0 in a District 9 Class A quarterfinal match on Saturday night at Dutch Country Stadium, Kane head coach Todd Silfies explained that the strong showing by his squad was about more than just avenging a close 13-12 senior night loss earlier in the season and staying alive in the playoffs.
The 11th annual UAVSL Senior Girls and Senior Boys soccer games were held at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway on Saturday.
The games give area senior soccer players a final chance to play alongside some of their teammates as well as to play both with and against some of the familiar foes they faced throughout their high school careers. Several players from both St. Marys Area High School and Elk County Catholic High School competed in both games.
St. Marys Area School District's budget has shown improvements in multiple areas as reported at a recent school board of directors workshop.
Earned Income Tax (EIT) alone brought in $484,000 more this year than anticipated. The report shows figures until the end of the fiscal year ending on June 30 and is an annual submission to the state.
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.