August 5th, 2011
Enrollment within the St. Marys Area School District continues to decline, dropping a total of three percent from 2,275 students last year to 2,212 students this year.
According to Ann Kearney, superintendent, there are 732 students enrolled in high school, 560 at the middle school and 929 in the district's three elementary schools, including 114 at Bennetts Valley, 208 at Fox Township Elementary and 605 at S. St. Marys Street Elementary.
In a continuation of their Monday evening meeting, members of the St. Marys City Council began taking steps on Thursday evening to dissolve the city's parking authority.
All members of council, with the exception of Steve Skok and Rick Gabler, were present at Thursday evening's continuation of Monday's meeting, and all voted unanimously in favor of the resolutions regarding the parking authority. Eight resolutions were passed regarding the authority and how the city plans to move forward.
Over the past 10 years, area residents have feasted on a variety of chicken wings from area eateries as part of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and PNC Bank Wing Fling. The Chamber's annual signature event is being held this year on Sept. 9 from 6-9:30 p.m. along Market Street in downtown St. Marys and will feature the local band Remedy, set to rock the Wing Fling this year as the scheduled entertainment.
FirstEnergy completed its merger with Allegheny Power back in late February, and while the old West Penn Power name has made its return, reportedly little else will change.
Tom Kearney, area manager for West Penn Power/FirstEnergy, said the office location along state Route 120 [Ridgway-St. Marys Road] will remain there and he hopes employees can continue providing reputable service to the community.
Gail L. Cool, 64, of 524 Schissle St., St. Marys, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 at her residence after an illness of the past several months.
She was born Oct. 10, 1946, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Elmer and Edna Wickett Wendel. On Sept. 26, 1964, in the St. Mary's Church, she married James E. Cool, who survives.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. She had lived in Grand Forks, N.D. for several years and was a graduate of Aaukers Business College in Grand Forks. She was a former employee of Elite Metals and Carbon City Products.
Jeffrey S. Ginther, 36, of Liberty Borough, died on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Select Speciality Hospital in McKeesport.
He was born on Sept. 24, 1974 in McKeesport, the son of Raymond and Linda Musisko Ginther of Liberty Borough, who survive.
He was a 1993 graduate of South Allegheny High School and worked as a manager for GNC (General Nutrition Corp.).
Matthew J. Minnick, 37, of 444 Chestnut St., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 in St. Marys.
He was born on Jan. 21, 1974 in Ridgway, the son of Robert and Katherine Lion Minnick of St. Marys, who survive. On Nov. 5, 1999, in St. Marys, he married Elizabeth (Beth) Kamats, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1992, and a graduate of Mercyhurst College, Class of 1996.
He loved the outdoors, woodcarving, hunting and spending time with his children.
He was an employee of Metaldyne in Ridgway.
On Wednesday evening, the Fox Township Supervisors heard testimony from several residents regarding the township's proposed zoning ordinance and map amendments. As part of the proposed zoning ordinance, the township is looking to specify requirements for outdoor furnaces, woodburners, oil and gas wells and windmills.
Supervisor Randy Gradizzi said he is happy with the outdoor furnace ordinance but wants to look at setback issues for the water course.
"It's an important issue and we're not going to move too quick," said Mike Keller, supervisor chairman.
The CWF (Championship Wrestling Federation) is returning to the area to present the "Ridgway Rumble" Saturday night, with bell-time slated for 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
"I'm so excited for the show to take place," Bill "Powerhouse" Hughes said. "The Elk County region is our home away from home. We're hoping to get up there more often."
The show is a benefit for James Bodien and his family. He was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease, a disorder passed down through families in which certain nerve cells in the brain waste away or degenerate.
Necessary revisions have been made to a competitive program contract and the county's Housing Rehabilitation Program.