March 11th, 2014
On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District finance manager Brent Rhoads presented information to the board concerning costs and trends for the school district over the past several years.
The 2014-2015 budget is yet to be completed. However, according to Rhoads, district officials will not wait until the state budget is passed as it could be as late as July by the time figures come through.
"I just wanted to try to show some of the issues we have going on in our budget this year," Rhoads said.
Staff salary payments are on the decline, yet fringe benefit payments continue to climb.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular meeting of the Johnsonburg Borough Council, chief of police Bryan Parana expressed his intent to contact Ridgway Township concerning Johnsonburgâ€™s continuing problem with tractor-trailers traveling on Water Street.
â€śWeâ€™re running a huge problem; itâ€™s daily,â€ť Parana said, adding that although there is minimal signage already present on Water Street, which is a road maintained by Ridgway Township, he would like to look into getting a more prominent sign prohibiting truck travel placed where Water Street intersects with Long Level Road.
CLARION â€“ Turnovers and missed opportunities would hurt Ridgway boys basketball as the Elkers lost 58-43 to North Catholic in the second round of the boys PIAA Class A playoffs Tuesday night at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.
Ridgway trailed 28-22 at halftime after an 11-2 deficit to open the game. Ridgway took their first and only lead of the game at 31-30 after Ben MacDonald finished up a 3-point play near the five-minute mark of the third quarter. Ridgway outscored North Catholic 9-2 in the opening three minutes after halftime.
JAMES CITY â€“ More protests against a proposed injection well for brine disposal are expected tonight at a meeting of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors.
The meeting, open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. tonight at the township building in James City.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a permit to Seneca Resources to convert one of its natural gas wells on Lamont Road to an underground disposal site for waste drilling fluids. The liquid wastes would be injected down the well.
On Tuesday evening, the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors approved Andy Thompson to fill the recently-vacated seat on the board. Lucy Bobby, the former holder of the position, resigned effective Feb. 19 of this year and her resignation was approved unanimously by the board, with regret.
Thompson was nominated to fill the position by Cindy Allegretto and the motion was seconded by Dave Parsons. No additional nominations were made by the board.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Irene Coppede, who died Jan. 25, 2014, to be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. James Faluszczak officiating.
HARRISBURG â€“ Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Monday announced the arrest of a St. Marys man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
Ronald Gregory Dill, 58, 207 N. St. Marys St., Apt. 1, St. Marys, Elk County, was arrested on March 7, 2014 following a three-month investigation by agents in the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
WILCOX â€“ As warm weather approaches, the Jones Township Board of Supervisors has agreed to doing some crack sealing on the roads in downtown Wilcox.
Roads superintendent Jeff Roberts has suggested the work be done by Midland Asphalt who will do the work with Jones Township supplying the flaggers throughout the duration of the project.
The board agreed to allow Midland to do the work at a cost of $5,000 which includes 400 gallons of sealant.
Rose M. Wortman Rippy, 90, of Canadensis Apartments, 74 Erie Ave., St. Marys, and formerly of Johnsonburg, died March 10, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 20, 1923 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Andrew and Lorena Benninger Wortman. On June 10, 1946 in St. Marys, she married Clement Rippy, who preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1997.
Helen J. Mattivi, 82, of 206 Dagus Mines Rd., Dagus Mines, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.
She was born April 19, 1931 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edward J. and Beatrice Cuneo Sheeley. On Sept. 2, 1950 in the St. Boniface Church, she married Renaldo G. Mattivi, who preceded her in death on May 24, 2008.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Kersey High School, class of 1949. She was a former employee of Pure Carbon Co., the Big G Sports & Furniture Store, and served as Fox Township tax collector for many years.