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January 21st, 2014
Area agencies and volunteers continue to emphasis mentoring programs during January, recognized as National Mentoring Month.
Sara Sutter from Big Brothers Big Sisters said officials recently received a grant to expand their program but indicated Tuesday morning there are over 20 children on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister.
The Ridgway Borough Council discussed various solutions for the Main Street parking situation during their regular meeting held Monday evening.
During a meeting of the street lighting, parking and traffic committee held Jan. 9, the committee recommended that signs be installed on Main Street posting two-hour parking limits to be posted from Broad Street to the V.F.W. on both sides of the street. The proposed signs would be funded by the Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Heritage Council. The committee also recommended that enforcement be decided upon at a later date.
U.S. Representative Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-Pa. 5th District) attended the Ridgway Fire Department annual awards banquet Saturday night and presented a letter of recognition to the department.
Thompson, who assumed office Jan. 3, 2009, has spent 30 years as a member of Howard Volunteer Fire Company 14 and was also actively involved as an emergency medical technician and rescue technician.
Former Ridgway Fire Department chief John Wygant was honored Saturday night during the department's annual awards banquet at Central Fire Station.
Wygant, chief of the department for 14 years, stepped down during the latter part of 2013.
"I think this is the first time I've been speechless-- yeah, that's unusual," Wygant said as he accepted awards from the Elk County Fire Chiefs Association, the Ridgway Fire Department, Ridgway mayor Dr. Guillermo Udarbe, and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk).
ST. MARYS â€“ A 77-year-old St. Marys man died early Saturday morning in a fire at 523 Brusselles St., St. Marys.
A report filed by Trooper Robert J. Southern of the Ridgway-based state police confirmed the death of James L. Robbins in the blaze which reportedly broke out shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18.
His wife, Joan M. Robbins, 69, escaped the blaze and was reportedly transported to UPMC Mercy Hospital. Sources familiar with the situation confirmed Saturday night that she was being treated for second degree burns but had also suffered from severe smoke inhalation.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Community Collaborative to Improve Health Care welcomed St. Marys Police Officers Gregg McManus and Anthony Pistner to their January meeting for a presentation on the rising abuse of bath salts in our area.
SMETHPORT â€“ A preliminary hearing for the alleged drug-influenced driver in a six-fatality traffic accident is tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 before Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman.
Seth Franco, a former Harlem Globetrotter, returned to Awakening Alliance Church on Wednesday evening to perform some of his basketball tricks as well as share his story on how he has kept his faith through his many struggles with the sport of basketball.
The borough of Ridgway has been busy taking on the task of purchasing condemned homes around the borough, and has recently purchased three homes, two located along North Broad Street and one on Clarion Avenue, for the purpose of razing them.
ST. MARYS â€“ Following the recent announcement of the closing of St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys current and former area residents have voiced their reaction to the news, a majority of which are of sadness and disappointment paired with fond memories of The Benedictine Sisters of Elk County and their contributions to the community.