The Daily Press The Daily Press | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-04-27T23:21:33-04:00 of Honor course teaches values at ECC2015-04-27T23:21:33-04:002015-04-27T23:21:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily PressThe course, which is being taught by recently retired Lt. Col. Tim Pearson, is based on a character development program put together by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, which is a subgroup of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. It focuses on living recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor bestowed by the U.S. Armed Forces.Since 1863, there have been 3,493 recipients of the Medal of Honor, however, only 79 are currently living.According to Pearson, the program tries to push the message of what these individuals did and what we, as Americans, can learn from them.St. Marys, PABecky PolaskiMedal of Honor course teaches values at ECCDaily indoor ensembles perform championship preview show2015-04-27T23:19:49-04:002015-04-27T23:19:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily PressA packed crowd gathered inside the SMAHS gymnasium which plays host to the annual show held prior to the teams' departure later this week to participate in the 2015 Tournament Indoor Association (TIA) Atlantic Coast Championships, also referred to as All-Chapter Championships, taking place April 30-May 3 in Wildwood, N.J. SMAHS Band Director Chris Gankosky said the preview show is one of their favorites of the year because of the hometown crowd who appreciate the hard work and dedication put in by the students and staff.St. Marys, PAAmy CherryLocal indoor ensembles perform championship preview showDaily received for Squab Hollow Road repairs2015-04-27T23:17:25-04:002015-04-27T23:17:25-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily PressThe directors' decision came after the Elk County Conservation District's quality assurance board met to review all of the applications that the district had received for funding of a dirt, gravel or low volume road project. Kate Yetzer, one of the district's resource conservation technicians, said the district received five applications for its programs, with one coming from Jones Township, two coming from Johnsonburg Borough, one coming from Fox Township and the final one coming from Horton Township. St. Marys, PARichie LeckerFunding received for Squab Hollow Road repairsDaily ceremony for Rotary clock2015-04-26T22:30:39-04:002015-04-26T22:30:39-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily Press"About two years ago we decided that with our 65th year coming up, we wanted to do something to make it a special event," said Rotarian Bob Roberts, also the chairman of the club's clock committee. "Rotarian Dave Greene suggested the idea of putting up a clock, and from there the research was done and there was a lot of planning, a lot of investigating."The group had to come up with the clock's location and walked the town to find the perfect spot."It was determined that this particular spot sees the most walking, shopping pedestrian traffic," Roberts said. "If you're walking on Erie Avenue or walking north or south, you can tell what time it is. We could not have chosen a better site for this."St. Marys, PAJoseph Bell, Daily Press EditorDedication ceremony for Rotary clockDaily college-prep program focuses on those in autism spectrum 2015-04-26T22:28:05-04:002015-04-26T22:28:05-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily PressThis summer, Rakieski will participate in the Mercyhurst University's Foundations program, recognized as the nation’s top college-readiness program for students on the autism spectrum. Rakieski was one of 24 students selected out of many applicants from all across the U.S. “For Mitchell, the college experience is not just about a major, a job after school or even about the academics. It is about teaching him independent everyday skills to be successful in life," said his mother, Lori Rakieski. The three-week program, including therapeutic, learning and social components, is designed to determine whether students are ready to tackle college studies and independent skills needed to be successful in the college environment.The Foundations Program entails Rakieski experiencing all aspects of college life. Participants are given one-on-one attention in order to foster skills with residential life, education and behavior issues. Daily activities include seminars on navigating the campus community, a three-credit college course, college life/skill tutorials, and weekly community outings to such places as an Erie beach and Niagara Falls.St. Marys, PAAmy CherryUnique college-prep program focuses on those in autism spectrum Daily testing to continue throughout three-county area2015-04-27T00:12:18-04:002015-04-26T22:21:47-04:00Copyright 2015 Daily PressThis is a continuation of a project Seneca conducted last year that focused on the greater St. Marys area.The area encompasses Elk County's Millstone and Spring Creek townships as well as Jefferson County's Barnett, Eldred, Heath, Polk and Warsaw townships and Forest County's Barnett and Jenks townships. The project covers east/west from Hallton to Clarington and north/south from Buzzard Swamps near Marienville to the Sigel/Richardsville area.St. Marys, PAAmy CherrySeismic testing to continue throughout three-county areaDaily author chronicles unlikely friendship2015-04-24T23:21:01-04:002015-04-24T23:21:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily PressThe heartfelt story tells of second chances as a 31-year-old man lost and alone at a crucial crossroads in his life finds heaven on earth within the confines of St. Joseph Monastery where he meets an 87-year-old wise and humble artist at the convent's ceramic shop."The hundreds of conversations we had were really about the universal questions all of us struggle with at some point or another in our lives. Whether you're 20, 50 or 90 years old these are questions about belonging and purpose and direction and how to cope with hardships. She had the most amazing answers, which is one of the most important things I share in the book," Schlimm said. The book will be coming out on May 5, but is available for pre-order online at Locally, it will be available at Walmart. Schlimm’s publisher is also working with the local Benedictine Gift Shop to carry the book as well.St. Marys, PANo author availableLocal author chronicles unlikely friendshipDaily awarded Tree City USA title for 10 years 2015-04-24T23:18:35-04:002015-04-24T23:18:35-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily PressDavid and Tom Grotzinger of West Creek Nursery showed how to plant a tree as students pitched in the process by taking turns shoveling mulch around the tree then compacting it around the tree's base.St. Marys, PANo author availableCity awarded Tree City USA title for 10 years Daily company completes regional competition tour2015-04-24T23:11:07-04:002015-04-24T23:11:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Daily PressJunior soloist Haylee Zimmerman of Wilcox danced two solos in the Super Solo competition. Her tap solo, “Problem,” earned a platinum adjudication award and second place in the tap category. Zimmerman’s second solo, “Don’t You Worry Child,” earned a diamond adjudication award and first place in the contemporary category. Zimmerman won second place overall highest scoring junior Super Soloist. St. Marys, PANo author availableDance company completes regional competition tourDaily OF THE DAY: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history2015-04-24T18:23:43-04:002015-04-24T18:23:43-04:00Copyright 2015 Daily Press Patrick Jones has the 5 worst number one overall draft picks in NFL history. Who were they? Check out the video! <script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>St. Marys, PANo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft historyDaily