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Johnsonburg Fire Department responds to gas leak

January 24, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – At 4:46 p.m. Friday, the Johnsonburg Volunteer Fire Department (Elk Company 2) was called for a reported gas leak at 325 High St. in Johnsonburg. After inspecting the home, firefighters left the scene approximately 30 minutes later at around 5:30 p.m. National Fuel was also at the scene.

LIFT technology program a growing success

January 24, 2015

ST. MARYS – In recent months, Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) has installed displays in local libraries for assistive technology for persons with disabilities, a program that LIFT staff are celebrating as a major success.
"I think it's working almost better than we had anticipated," assistive technology coordinator Charlie Williamson said. "We are having more and more people receiving their own assistive technology. I think just in the last month, I've had 12 people who have gone through the entire process and now have technology of their very own."

RASD holds brief budget workshop

January 23, 2015

The Ridgway Area School District school board held a brief budget workshop meeting Thursday to discuss its budget process that officials are beginning to work through for the 2015-2016 school year.
RASD business manager Donna Sidelinger gave a presentation to inform the public about what they can expect from the board during the process that is set to last into June.
Sidelinger said that a preliminary budget presentation is expected to be made in March or April, and a final proposed budget presentation is expected to be made in May.

Big Buck Contest banquet held Thursday

January 23, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – On Thursday evening, the 10th annual Big Buck Contest awards banquet, sponsored by The Daily Press, Ridgway Record and Kane Republican newspapers took place at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall. A crowd of nearly 300 gathered for the event which included the announcement of this year's winners in the adult, youth and mentor divisions along with prizes for the oldest and youngest hunter, smallest buck and random male and female. A special contest tabloid will be published Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Memorial Field concerns addressed by board

January 23, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Memorial Field in Johnsonburg is in need of repairs after it was discovered that the press box is moving away from the stands, and is in danger of ending up in the middle of West Center Street.
"The way it is moving, it is going to end up out in the middle of the road," said Joe Gilmore, JASD maintenance head. "It's already moved I'd say over two inches away from the stands. It's falling towards the road."
Gilmore added it is a safety issue which will need addressed regardless of whether or not the field is utilized.

Sweet 16 for Ridgway Rendezvous

January 22, 2015

The candles are lit for the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to celebrate its sweet 16th birthday.
A small backyard gathering has since evolved into a large community event with roughly 200 carvers attending every year along with thousands of attendees perusing the extraordinary artwork created in downtown Ridgway.

PennDOT plow truck involved in crash

January 22, 2015

HORTON TWP. – A PennDOT snowplow truck was damaged in a crash late Wednesday morning on state Route 219 near Shawmut Road in Horton Township.
According to the Ridgway-based state police, 51-year-old Bruce B. Mowrey of Johnsonburg was driving a 2007 Kenworth T800 cab north on SR 219. He reportedly passed a PennDOT plow truck driven by 56-year-old Timothy J. Greenthaner of Kersey.
Mowrey's vehicle reportedly struck the wing plow and the PennDOT truck spun across the southbound lane.

Ridgway Elks hosting ball in February

January 22, 2015

The Ridgway Elks Lodge #872 is set to host its 44th annual Cerebral Palsy Ball Saturday, Feb. 7 at The Royal Inn in Ridgway in support of Pennsylvania's Elks Home Care Program.
The Elks Home Care Program is designed to offer free help to families of children that suffer from any developmental disabilities.
The Elks Home Care Program started in 1963 with a single unit in Westmorland County, but since then it has grown to cover the entire state with a staff of 24 registered nurses.

JASD general fund nearing bankruptcy

January 22, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Without a major influx in revenue, the Johnsonburg Area School District's general fund may run out within a matter of a few years.
"I'd say we are three years from this thing being belly up without something major happening," said Robert Paladino, JASD school board president at a JASD school board budget workshop on Tuesday.
"If you look at the trend for the last three years, it's not good," Paladino added.

Loose projections may indicate county windfall

January 21, 2015

St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard on Tuesday morning questioned Elk County Commissioners on the possibility of a county tax decrease due to projected future windfalls from Act 13 impact fee funds.
The impact fee “specifically provides for the imposition of an unconventional well fee by county (or alternatively municipalities compelling the imposition of an unconventional well fee),” according to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.

County says no to $5 registration add-on

January 21, 2015

County officials announced Tuesday morning that they will not solicit a $5 increase on car registration fees in Elk County.
Vehicle registration fees are already scheduled to increase from $36 to $38 by 2017 in accordance with the most recent state budget. From there, future increases will reportedly be tied to inflation. The state budget plan also allowed for counties to implement a $5 car registration fee.

Johnsonburg Borough Council discuss upcoming projects

January 21, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Borough council held a brief workshop meeting Tuesday to discuss ongoing projects within the borough, mainly the projects to repair Harrison Avenue and the Johnsonburg Community Center.
The Johnsonburg Community Center was discussed as borough officials are trying to decide what to do with the walking track in the building, which has been cracked and closed since late 2014.
The crack was a result of water damage that occurred after a water line broke at the building, according to councilman Louis Imbrogno.

Residents still concerned about recycling

January 20, 2015

Over 20 residents of Ridgway Borough attended Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting to discuss the discontinued curbside recycling program that the council voted to cut starting on Jan. 1.
Some citizens argued that borough officials did not explore all options when they decided to ax the program.

Officials respond to NRA lawsuits against municipalities

January 20, 2015

The National Rifle Association announced last week that it is suing Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Lancaster, claiming that these municipalities are in violation of a 1974 state law prohibiting cities from setting gun policies more strict than those enforced at the state government level.
"With regard to municipal gun ordinances in Pennsylvania, the facts are clear," state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) said. "State law has always prohibited individual municipalities from regulating firearms."

Borough house demolition delayed by property owner

January 20, 2015

With an excavator and the Ridgway Borough street crew on site, a house located at 241 Monterey Ave. was scheduled to be demolished until the property owner delayed the demolition by tearing the house down by hand.
The house, located on property owned by Domingos Pena of Johnsonburg, was set to be demolished as part of the Ridgway Borough's code enforcement, but the borough couldn't remove Pena and a second individual from the house so that they could demolish the home.

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