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School choice a hot topic in Pennsylvania

June 17, 2011

DuBOIS – School choice is currently a hot topic in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, according to Amy Hill, communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Hill was the main speaker at a news conference held Friday afternoon at DuBois Area Catholic School regarding Senate Bill 1.
"Senate Bill 1 is a good sort of stepping-off place when we're talking about school choice in Pennsylvania right now," Hill said. "The bill aims to increase the very successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which has been in existence for about 10 years now."

911 Center back up and running

June 17, 2011

Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg reported late Thursday night that the county's 911 Center was again fully operational following a late Tuesday evening evacuation due to noxious fumes.
According to Freeburg, a complete run-through had been completed and no remnants were detected.
Commissioners reported last Friday that back-up batteries were fuming during a charge process.

School district avoids layoffs

June 17, 2011

Unlike many of the school districts in the state, the Ridgway Area School District will not be forced to freeze wages or lay off their teachers.
Concerned resident Scott Warnick attended Tuesday evening's school board meeting to ask the tough question.
“I see all of the other districts are having to lay people off, but I haven't heard anything about ours, which I am happy not to hear that we might have to lay off or freeze wages,” Warnick said. “I see Brookville [school district] had to and down around State College, and I wanted to know how we are coming with our budget?”

James J. Curci

June 17, 2011

James J. Curci, 83, of West Seneca, N.Y., died at Mercy Hospital on June 11, 2011.
He was born July 22, 1927, in Ridgway, the son of the late Harry and Susan Minilli Curci.
He married Gerda A. Oechsle, who survives.
He was the proud owner of the Queen City Dental Lab for 30 years.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a veteran of WWII.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Harry Curci of Sutton, Mass. and Anthony Curci of Phoneix, Ariz.; and by a sister, Theresa Marroni of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys.

Gerald “Jerry” Northrop

June 17, 2011

Gerald “Jerry” Northrop, age 74, of Rasselas Road, Rasselas, died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at UPMC Presbyterian of Pittsburgh after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 27, 1937 in Girard, son of Arnold and Gertrude (Sample) Northrop, both deceased.
He married Janice (Fitch) on Feb 8, 1958 and she survives.

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