August 9th, 2012
An emergency call was reported Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, shortly after 4 p.m. at Clarion Sintered Metals along Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township. According to firefighters onsite, a small fire reportedly broke out in a chimney. Light smoke was visible at times but no flames were showing.
Helen M. (Sis) Rohr, 89, of 514 Kearsarge Ave., Ridgway, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, 2012 at the home of her son in Ridgway following an illness of the last four months.
She was born Aug. 3, 1923 in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (Persohn) Stritzinger. She married Theodore F. Rohr on Aug. 23, 1952; he preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 1999.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District Board of Directors hired three teachers during their regular meeting Thursday night.
Elizabeth Thorwart approved as an elementary teacher, placed on Master's Step 3, with a salary of $43,000 to be effective the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Michael Tettis was hired as an elementary teacher with a Master's Step 6 at a salary of $46,000, effective the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Mary Weaver was approved as an ESL [english second language] teacher at $23 per hour for a maximum 25 hours per week for the 2012-2013 school year.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys man has been arrested and charged following a July 28 hit-and-run incident on Washington Street which left a 21-year-old woman with life-threatening injuries.
BROCKPORT â€“ Brockport resident Daniel Lines addressed speeding concerns on state Route 219 during the Horton Township Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday night.
"We want to give you gentlemen a heads up to let you know that our committee [Concerned Citizens of Brockport for the Safety and Health of Our Citizens] is going to push forward on this," Lines said.
Lines distributed a letter to the board, secretary Dennis Thompson and the general public detailing a recent incident that occurred to a Brockport resident.
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution to place a referendum question on the ballot of the November general election that would eliminate the occupation tax during a special meeting Tuesday night.
The school district held a public meeting April 18 seeking the public's opinion on the Act 130 tax resolution that permits school districts to repeal its existing occupation tax and replace the lost revenue by increasing the existing earned income tax.
The Ridgway YMCA "Shape the Future" capital campaign, "pool project," is one step closer to its $1.5 million goal following a substantial donation Wednesday afternoon from CNB Bank in Ridgway.
According to Ridgway YMCA Executive Director Mary Lynne Bellotti, this marks the first large donation the YMCA has received for the campaign.
"With the community's support I know that this project will become a reality for the community of Ridgway," Bellotti said.
KERSEY â€“ The Elk County Fair is featuring a new event this year, as a "street truck tire pull" event will debut at the fairgrounds in Kersey.
"I was at a fair in Albion [N.Y.] and people come off the streets with their pickup trucks and try to pull this weight behind them," said Merv Kemmer, fair manager.
In Albion, N.Y., the event was quite popular and Kemmer hopes to replicate that popularity in Kersey.
"They received a good turnout [in Albion]," Kemmer said. "We have large industrial tires [on the Al Dietz Memorial Track] and it's going to be a fun night to see how it works out."
KERSEY â€“Â A last-minute notification at the Elk County Fair will prevent some individuals from enjoying the rides on the fairgrounds.
According to Jamie Wolfe, grounds manager, children who are not at least 36 inches tall are unable to ride on the Midway Rides of Utica's equipment.
"It's all due to unforeseen circumstances and it's not the Fair's fault," Wolfe said. "The manufacturers of the rides told [Midway Rides of Utica] that their requirements and assessments of the rides say no riders less than 36 inches tall."
Area residents are preparing for the 2012 St. Leo's Summer Festival scheduled for Aug. 10, 11, and 12 at the Ridgway Firemen's Lot in Ridgway.
Booths will open at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 and a chicken barbecue sale will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run while supplies last. "The Avenue," comprised of former members of "Eclectic Radio" and "Mr. Meaner" will perform from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Booths will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 with Kids Playland open from 5-9 p.m. The Green Eggs Band is scheduled to perform from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.