May 14th, 2015
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District school board unanimously approved a preliminary budget Thursday, a balanced budget that includes the maximum tax increase allowable by the state.
JASD school board treasurer Patty Calkins said during JASD's budget work session meeting May 7 that the tax increase, which will be a 1.9 tax increase, is expected to bring an additional $40,000 into the district, and the tax is expected to cost the average homeowner in the district an additional $21 a year.
ST. MARYS â€“ In commemorating Peace Officers Memorial Day, a special Blue Mass is being held today at noon at Sacred Heart Church in St. Marys to remember those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives to protect their fellow officers and members of their communities.
Father Eric Vogt will act as celebrant for the Mass, which will be followed by a luncheon.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ It was all Austin Amacher Thursday in Johnsonburg.
On the hill for the Rams, Amacher limited Coudersport to just one unearned run in a five-inning 11-1 win for Johnsonburg.
In addition to his five-strikeout performance, Amacher also delivered at the plate. He reached on an error in the first inning to plate two runs, slapped a two-out double in the fourth for an 8-1 lead, then hit a bases loaded single in the fifth to end the game at 11-1.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg softball split a doubleheader with Kane Thursday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway.
Kane won the first game 6-5 in eight innings before Johnsonburg took the second game 21-2 in five innings.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg boys tennis lost 7-2 to DCC Tuesday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
ST. MARYS â€“ Crystal Fire Department responded to a garage fire shortly before 4 p.m. along Woodland Road in St. Marys. More information will be available in the Wednesday edition.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ With blight becoming an increasingly growing problem in the area, the Johnsonburg Borough Council is doing what they can to stop the blight from spreading in the borough.
Since 2007, the borough has spent over $95,926 of taxpayer money on razing blighted structures within the borough, and the county has spent an additional $46,039 in the borough during that same time period.
Going forward, the Johnsonburg Borough Council discussed what to do about a few specific blighted properties that are still in the borough.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Monday's Johnsonburg Borough Council meeting marked the last meeting that Johnsonburg Borough Police Chief Bryan Parana will be attending as the town's police chief.
Parana officially announced that his retirement date will be Friday, May 29.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, May 12, 2015 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg softball used a huge 10-run first inning to help coast into an 11-1, five-inning win over Sheffield Monday afternoon.
Before the game, five seniors were honored for the Ramettes. Those seniors were Alexa Marciniak, Raimi Akers, Emily Spiers, Carly Shaffer and Sierra Kos.
"I'm very proud of the seniors, the way they played. They all got to play. They played well for us," Johnsonburg coach Mary Thorwart said.
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