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September 24th, 2014

Education a hot topic for North Central

September 25, 2014

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their regular monthly executive committee meeting where education and its disconnect from industry was a hot topic of discussion.
Executive committee members discussed how there is often a major disconnect between education and industry within the area.
Susan Snelick, the Workforce Investment Board director, spoke of several programs that North Central is looking into that would help to bridge the gap between the two separate entities.

Probation visit takes wrong turn

September 25, 2014

ST. MARYS – A visit from the probation officers didn't go well for two St. Marys men as Garrett A. Frederoski, 20, and Benedict Earl Asti, 22, now face multiple drug charges.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, when a probation officer asked Frederoski why he didn't get a legitimate job, his response was, "Why should I? I make anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 a week selling drugs."

RMEF grants impact Elk County


September 25, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $148,800 in grants to acquire and enhance elk habitat in Pennsylvania as well as help fund more than 20 youth hunting heritage and other projects around the state. 
The grants directly affect Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Bradford, Bucks, Cameron, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Dauphin, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lycoming, Perry, Philadelphia, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. Three other projects have statewide benefits.

Johnsonburg man fights Calif. wildfire

September 25, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Bill Maiers, a game commissioner and current resident of Johnsonburg, was one of many east coast firefighters that was asked to help with the recent outbreak of wildfires on the west coast.
Maiers was selected among a pool of firefighters that spanned Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Wisconsin and several other eastern states.
"I've been pretty lucky to go out," Maiers said.
This recent trip was Maiers' ninth that he has made to the west coast to assist with firefighting efforts.

Local firefighter assists with California wildfires

September 25, 2014

In early August, five firefighting crews met in Harrisburg in preparation to fly to Redding, Calif. to assist with western fires caused by lighting strikes. Among them was Don Weis of St. Marys who works for the Elk State Forest Bureau of Forestry.
Weis was the assigned crew boss for a Central Appalachian area crew whose primary assignment was "mop-up," extinguishing burning or smoldering material after a fire has come through an area.

September 23rd

RATA refuses board's contract offer

September 24, 2014

The Ridgway Area School District's school board held a special meeting Tuesday, and going into the meeting, the only item on the agenda was the Ridgway Area Teachers Association's contract.
The teachers association has voted not to accept the recent offer from the school board, stating that the proposal "contained information [they] had never seen or discussed," according to a statement released by RATA.

October's electronics recycling helps CAPSEA

September 24, 2014

The Elk County Recycling Center, Orro Fundraising and CAPSEA are teaming up throughout the month of October to kickstart a fundraiser to support CAPSEA's ongoing flood relief.
CAPSEA was one of many local businesses that sustained substantial damage during the flood that soaked the area on May 21.

Route 219 project to impact Ridgway traffic

September 24, 2014

Work on some sections of Route 219 in Ridgway will affect area drivers Thursday, Sept. 25 and Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29 and 30.
On Thursday, crews will mill Route 219 from the bottom of Boot Jack Hill to Baker Alley and from the Central Fire Hall to Erie Avenue. On Monday and Tuesday, those same sections will be paved. Motorists using Route 219 in the Ridgway area will encounter travel delays and will need to be alert for flaggers in the roadway.

Ramettes topple Bradford 5-4 in tennis match

September 23, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Ramette girls tennis team came away with a close 5-4 victory Tuesday afternoon against visiting Bradford.

Ridgway boys soccer loses after penalty kick

September 23, 2014

ay penalty area to open up overtime left the Elkers boys soccer team with a foul taste leaving the field.
A Charlie Kysor penalty kick in the first minute of overtime gave the Gators a 2-1 victory over the Elkers Tuesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.

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