June 17th, 2012
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District honored two teachers for their many years of service at the start of their regular board meeting Thursday night.
"We would like to recognize two of our educators who have served our district well and who have served their profession of teaching very well," said Superintendent Dennis Crotzer. "We would like to recognize them for their years of service, not only to Johnsonburg, but to the fine art of teaching."
A plaque was presented by Crotzer to elementary teacher Elaine Steis who taught in the district for 38 years.
The Ridgway major league (11-and-12 year old division) softball team opened all-star play Sunday afternoon with a 6-5 loss to Brookville at the Ridgway Little League fields along Grant Road.
Ridgway held a 5-4 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning before Brookville would score a pair of runs as the designated home team to take the victory. Alissa Watterson started the inning with a walk. After a strikeout, Brookville starting pitcher Karlie McManigle would hit a short single to first. Watterson moved to third on a bad throw, putting two runners on for Brookville.
Members of the community and local dignitaries turned out Thursday night to celebrate Flag Day at the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 872 at the corner of Mill and South Streets in Ridgway.
The guest speaker for the event was state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk). Gabler is in his second term as state Representative for the 7th Legislative District. A member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Gabler currently holds the rank of captain and serves with the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 424th Multifunctional Battalion.
A recent act of theft has riled Elk County Historical Society Director Mary Kalinowski.
Three days after planting the Alyce J. Bowers Memorial Garden located in front of the Elk County Historical Society's Center House Museum at 109 Center Street in Ridgway an unknown actor(s) stole three Celosia flowers from the garden.
The Celosia with its colorful flame-like flower head was a favorite of Alyce who passed away on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 in the early morning.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Residents of the Johnsonburg Area School District will not see an increase in taxes after the Board of Directors approved a general fund budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year in the amount of $10.6 million with a $91,778 increase in expenditures from the 2011-2012 year.
Board Treasurer Patricia Calkins said the district has not raised taxes in about 10 years.
The tax levies approved during Thursday night's regular meeting are the same as last year and are as follows:
RIDGWAY - Steps to strengthen source water protection were discussed at an Elk County Gas Task Force meeting earlier this week.
Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator for the Elk County Planning Department, said Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine is ready to start source water monitoring in Brockway. She noted that although Brockway is in Jefferson County and not in Elk County, the reason for the monitoring is because much of Brockway's source water stems from Elk County.
During a meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force held earlier this week, task force chairperson and Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg asked guest Bruce Manning, director of the McKean County Emergency Management Agency, about concerns some residents had brought up about trucks that transport hydrofracturing fluid or hazardous chemicals to and from Marcellus drilling sites.
Area youth are getting geared up for the Ridgway YMCA Kids Triathlon scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at the popular North Broad Street facility.
"We added a new division this year, a team division," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, Ridgway YMCA executive director. "With three kids on a team, one will swim, one will bike and one will run. We're excited about that change and I think it is a great event for the kids.
"Each child goes home with a participant ribbon and a whole lot of memories."
ST. MARYS â€“ While Elk County Catholic High School students and their faculty advisors are working to put the finishing touches on the school's 2011-2012 yearbook, they know that they have some high standards to meet as the 2010-2011 edition was featured in Josten's 2012 "Gotcha Covered Look Book."
"We were the only school in Pennsylvania that was selected," said ECC yearbook advisor Laura Anderson. "There were over 3,000 schools that were involved and only 400 were chosen."