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Paying it forward by creating pillows for patients

April 17, 2015

Fifteen-year-old Justin Johnson is paying it forward by helping children through a traumatic experience via a friendly frog-shaped pillow.
The Elk County Catholic High School sophomore recently donated four frog pillows to Penn Highlands Elk's emergency department for staff to distribute them to children who are airlifted from the hospital.

High school libraries changing due to technology

April 17, 2015

For many, mention of a school library conjures up memories of a quiet space with people occasionally talking in hushed voices as they read books or browse through material while working on a research project. However, the days of a libraries being quiet spaces devoted entirely to books are long gone.
Instead, the space has evolved and taken on a variety of other uses, as evidenced by the libraries at both St. Marys Area High School and Elk County Catholic High School. At both schools, technology has played a major role in how the libraries have evolved and are utilized today.

Last day in business for iconic clothing store

April 17, 2015

Ivan's Men's Wear and Women's Apparel will be closing their doors today at 5 p.m. after 60 years of service to the community. The store is located on the diamond in downtown St. Marys where it has been a well-known establishment and has remained one of the only independently owned men's and ladies department store in Elk County. Owner Mike Faulk, who has run the store for the past 44 years, is shown waiting on customers Friday afternoon.

Library collecting used children's books

April 17, 2015

The St. Marys Area Public Library is currently collecting gently-used children's books to be distributed to area families in need.
According to Director Leslie Swope, the program has been underway for roughly six months and has seen good response so far.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: TIME Releases Most Influential People List

April 17, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: TIME Releases Most Influential People List

TIME Magazine has revealed the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of what it considers
the 100 most influential people in the world.

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Multiple units respond to brush fire

April 16, 2015

Multiple county fire companies were called out Thursday evening for a brush fire off West Creek Road in St. Marys.
Elk County Emergency Services listed the address at 255 Grunthaner Glen in St. Marys for what was initially reported as a large brush fire at 6:06 p.m.
According to Crystal Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Mike Kraus, a property owner was attempting to burn off the field.

'The Addams Family' musical comedy now playing at ECCHS

April 16, 2015

They're creepy, kooky, and altogether ooky and they're taking the stage at Elk County Catholic High School as part of the school's annual musical taking place Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.
"The Addams Family" musical is a humor filled show with characters many will recognize from the television show and movie.

Drafting student brings home top state prize

April 16, 2015

St. Marys Area High School has added a new state champion to its academic success. Junior Cobey Gardner recently placed first in drafting during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Championships competition held in Lancaster.
Gardner will now advance to the National SkillsUSA competition taking place in Louisville, Ky. from June 22-26 and have the opportunity to win a $2,500 scholarship to Penn College in Williamsport.

Board appointment questioned at Jay Twp. meeting

April 16, 2015

JAY TWP. – The Jay Township Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications for two vacancies on the sewer authority board and one vacancy on the water authority board.
During visitor comments, Christine Gavazzi read a letter in which she criticized the supervisors for not attending water or sewage meetings.

St. Marys library offering Adopt an Author program

April 16, 2015

The St. Marys Public Library is now offering an Adopt an Author program to allow patrons to assist with the purchase of books by popular authors. The program allows a person to 'adopt' an author by agreeing to pay for the purchase of all the books written by that author during the calendar year. In exchange, the patron is able to be the first to borrow each book once it becomes available at the library.

Zoning application approved for Taco Bell

April 15, 2015

A zoning application was unanimously approved for a new Taco Bell restaurant to be located at 911 South St. Marys St., along the Million Dollar Highway.
The St. Marys Zoning Hearing Board granted developers a special exemption dimensional variance on rear and side setbacks.
David Neill of the EADS Group, an engineering, architecture and design company based out of Clarion, represented Charter Foods North, LLC at the hearing, the parent company of Taco Bell.
The former Pizza Hut building will be demolished to make way for a newly constructed 2,029 sq. ft. Taco Bell restaurant.

Deemer is new part-time hire for Jay Township

April 15, 2015

JAY TWP. – At a special meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Jay Township Sewer Authority voted unanimously to hire Heenan Deemer as a part time maintenance helper.
Deemer is to be paid $10 per hour and is expected to work approximately 20 hours per week, beginning on a 90-day trial basis.
Several residents expressed concerns about drug testing and a physical evaluation for insurance purposes and asked if that would be discussed at the next regular meeting.

Charges are bound over in 'bath salts' deal

April 15, 2015

KANE – All charges against a Wetmore Township man in an alleged "bath salts" drug deal have been bound over to McKean County Court.
Kane District Judge Dave Engman sent the case to county court following a 100-minute preliminary hearing Wednesday in the local court on Fraley Street.
James Patrick Perry, 51, of 484 West Wind Rd. is charged with five counts, including:
*Two felonies for the manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance-- a "designer drug" known as "bath salts."
*Possession of a controlled substance ("bath salts").

Board reviews variety of topics

April 14, 2015

The St. Marys Area School District approved a wide range of items during their Monday evening meeting. Among them were contracts for a company to produce a commercial about the district, for replacement of an elementary school roof, for faster internet and phone services and an increase in cafeteria prices.
A contract between e-LocalLink and SMASD was approved in support of a local initiative to promote Elk County by featuring local schools and businesses.

Rotary anxious to dedicate new clock

April 14, 2015

St. Marys Rotary Club members and the community are anxiously awaiting the placement of the city's new Victorian-themed clock standing at least 16 feet tall along the Boulevard.
The project, totaling at least $50,000 in project value, will reach fruition Saturday, April 25 with a clock dedication ceremony at 1 p.m.

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