Archive - 2014
Following a unanimous vote by the Ridgway Area School District School Board during a special board meeting on Wednesday, a contract with the Ridgway Area Teachers Association has been approved.
A motion to approve a contract with RATA was made by school board member Dave Parsons, seconded by fellow board member Kathy Lampman and following a roll call vote, all nine board members voted to approve the motion.
"Motion carries, we have a contract," school board president Lisa Connelly confirmed after the votes had been made.
The Elk County Commissioners approved a resolution fixing the salaries of certain county officers for the fiscal years 2016-2019.
On Tuesday evening the commissioners unanimously voted to increase wages by 2 percent for county county commissioners, prothonotary, register of wills/recorder of deeds, treasurer, sheriff, and coroner.
The raises are considered a cost of living increase.
The salaries are determined during similar meetings which take place every four years.
Area residents are scheduled to come together Sunday evening for Elk County's second annual candle lighting ceremony held in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony, an event held to honor children who have died at a young age.
The event is held across the globe at the same local hour on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The local event will once again be held at the gazebo on the Elk County Courthouse lawn in downtown Ridgway.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The community building in Johnsonburg was a major point of discussion during Monday's borough council meeting as repairs to fix the damaged track at the community building could cost anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, according to Johnsonburg Borough councilman Ron King.
King updated the council on the situation at the community building during Monday's borough council meeting, saying that while a woman was walking on the track, the floor cracked.
Currently, the track has been closed because of the crack in the floor, and it will remain closed until repairs can be made.
After 1,065 days, contract negotiations between the Ridgway Area Teachers Association and the Ridgway Area School District may end if the school board votes to ratify a contract proposal during Wednesday's meeting.
According to RATA president Jason Phipps, the current contract that the school board will be voting on was proposed by the RASD negotiating committee.
Yolanda E. â€śViolaâ€ť Geci, 95, of 1173 Million Dollar Hwy., Kersey, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born Feb. 8, 1919 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Anthony and Lucia Pasta Salvatore.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Sacred Heart School and St. Marys Public schools.
On June 15, 1940 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Lucian M. Geci, who preceded her in death July 18, 1982.
Helen E. Urmann, 88, formerly of 340 Allenhurst Ave., Ridgway, died Friday morning, Dec. 5, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born June 3, 1926 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Joseph V. and Ruth (McMackin) Urmann.
She had resided in Ridgway all of her life, and was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church.
Helen enjoyed reading, gardening and playing bridge. She was a graduate of St. Leo High School and Seton Hill College.
She had been employed by Brockway Glass for 40 years.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders opened their 2014-2015 campaign with a 72-33 victory over the Johnsonburg Rams on Tuesday night at the ECCHS gymnasium.
"I'm happy with the win, happy to start this way," said ECC head coach Aaron Straub.
The Crusaders held a 20-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and were up 32-17 at the break. At the end of three quarters they had extended that lead to 56-25.
Ridgway girls basketball lost 73-45 to DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School in the Lady Elkers' home opener.
Ridgway had three players finish in double figures in scoring. Jessica Kifer had a team-high 13 points while Hannah Park had 11 points and Emily Fullem finished with 10. The 45 team points are the most scored in a game under third-year head coach Stacy Kifer.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â The Johnsonburg Rams wrestling team managed just one win in five matches wrestled on the mat Tuesday night against visiting Cameron County.
Handcuffed with a shorthanded lineup, the Rams were forced to forfeit eight matches en route to a 65-6 loss. Joey Elinski got the lone win for Johnsonburg, scoring a fall in the 145-pound bout against Parker Lumley.
"Joey Elinski was wrestling pretty tough, he's 4-2 now in his first year wrestling," said Johnsonburg head varsity wrestling coach Mike Votano.