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January 22nd, 2015

Alice E. Rigard

January 23, 2015

Alice E. Rigard, 96, of 515 North St. Marys Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Pinecrest Manor following a short illness.
She was born June 20, 1918, daughter of the late Joseph Hannibal and Genevieve Geitner Hannibal Wilhelm.
On Jan. 18, 1937 in Olean, N.Y., she married Francis A. Rigard, who preceded her in death Oct. 9, 1979.

January 21st

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.

Catherine M. Overturf

January 22, 2015

Catherine M. Overturf, 99, of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Ridgway, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born Feb. 28, 1915 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Vincenzo and Lucie Ricardo Piccirillo. She married Walter Overturf, who preceded her in death Oct. 18, 1992.
She resided most of her life in Ridgway. Mrs. Overturf was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the Ridgway S.O.I. She was a graduate of St. Leo's High School.

January 20th

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.

Eugene Graebner

January 21, 2015

Eugene Graebner, 90, of Santa Fe, N.M., and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.
He was born Oct. 27, 1924 in Fair Oaks,, son of the late Eugene F. Graebner and Elsie Storz Graebner. He graduated from Leetsdale High School in 1942.
Mr. Graebner served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II. He was commissioned Ensign in 1945 at Midshipman’s School at Columbia University in New York City. He served in the Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, aboard LCT 1462 and LST 865.

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