April 14th, 2015
According to Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman, borough officials have received no official correspondence from the Ridgway YMCA regarding the lease between the Ridgway YMCA and the Ridgway Borough for the property currently occupied by the skate park.
Zimmerman made the statement to The Ridgway Record on Tuesday in response to rumors on Facebook that state that the YMCA board of directors have voted to end the lease and to give the Ridgway Borough 120 days to remove the skatepark from YMCA-owned property.
During Tuesday's Ridgway Area School District school board meeting, the board was urged by a Ridgway Borough resident to support the Ridgway Township's efforts to increase setbacks for oil and gas.
Bill Granche spoke during the board's public comment section about supporting the Ridgway Township supervisors' attempts to keep oil and gas wells 2,000 feet from schools.
The Ridgway Township supervisors are currently working through a curative amendment process to add the oil and gas industry to its zoning ordinance and map.
The Ridgway YMCA will be hosting various Healthy Kids Day events this Friday at the North Broad Street facility.
The day is the YMCA's "national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids."
"The YMCA enjoys putting on this event as it gives the kids something to do on a Friday night," said Ridgway YMCA Executive Director Mary Lynne Bellotti. "We open up the entire facility and welcome everyone to come in."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A four-run eighth inning helped propel Brockway to an 11-7 victory over the Johnsonburg Ramettes in eight innings Tuesday afternoon at Knothole Park in Johnsonburg.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg boys tennis lost 6-3 to Brockway in action Tuesday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
At No. 1 singles, James Matson won 6-3, 6-0 over Mason Walters of Johnsonburg. In the No. 2 singles match, Tyler Foradori defeated Tyler Martonik of Johnsonburg, 6-1, 6-3.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ From a Girl Scout project to a rat rod event, the Johnsonburg Borough Council had several guests at Monday's borough council meeting who asked for borough approval to get various projects underway.
Adrian Bevacqua attended the borough council meeting for the second month in a row to try and obtain council approval for a rat rod show that he wants to put on in the borough on June 6.
Bevacqua was asking council to approve the closure of Market Street on the day of the event, and he was asking the council to waive the open container ordinance for the day of the event.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough is starting to take action on its wild and exotic animal ordinance as in the past week the borough council approved its first exemption to the ordinance, and the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department filed the first charges associated with the ordinance.
Bryan Parana, the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department police chief, spoke during Monday's Johnsonburg Borough Council meeting about the actions that have been taken in the past week regarding the ordinance.
JAY TWP. â€“ An air tanker dispatched by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources made several passes dumping water on a brush fire Monday afternoon near 3077 River Rd. in Jay Township.
A spokesperson for DCNR said the fire was mostly contained as of 5 p.m. Monday and that the cause is still under investigation.
Please see the Tuesday, April 14, 2015 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch softball team improved to 2-0 on the season as they defeated the Johnsonburg Ramettes 8-0 Monday afternoon at the SMAHS softball field. This was the season opener for the Ramettes.
The Lady Dutch scored at least one run in five of the six innings to record the win.
"This was our third time on a field this season," said St. Marys coach Bill Makufka.
"I thought we played a nice game but we still have the gym rust. We weren't up to game speed," said Makufka.
"I thought (Andria) Copelli threw well and we ran the bases well and had timely hitting," said Makufka.
The Elk Catholic Crusader tennis team improved to 2-1 on their young season with a 9-0 victory over the Johnsonburg Rams in a match played at Memorial and Benzinger Parks on Monday afternoon.
"It was a beautiful day and it was great to get outside and play a full match and some exhibition matches," said ECC head coach Aaron Straub. "It was good to play in relative warm conditions as we will have some tough matches in warm or hot weather, and it is a process to get your body acclimated to those conditions."
Straub added that he thought his squad played well.