November 10th, 2014
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area High/Middle School held their annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday to honor the men and women of Johnsonburg and Wilcox that have served in the United States military.
The ceremony was attended by the JAHS student body, dignitaries from throughout Elk County, veterans from Johnsonburg and Wilcox, and state Representative Matt Galber (R-Clearfield/Elk) who served as the guest speaker for the ceremony.
By Richie Lecker
Members of Elk County C.A.R.E.S. (Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship) are collecting signatures for an anti-fracking petition that they plan to present to the Elk County commissioners in the near future.
Mike Kamandulis, a representative of the organization, said that the Elk County C.A.R.E.S. organization, along with the Friends of the Wild organization, are preparing a petition that would ask the Elk County commissioners to make a resolution stating that they are against fracking in Elk County.
Due to their third-place finish at a BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) robotics competition that was held at Penn State DuBois, members of a Ridgway Area High School robotics class have been invited to a regional competition in Fargo, N.D.
According to the class' teacher, Dustin Oknefski, seven students have been selected to go to Fargo, N.D. for the next stage in the competition. The selected students were students in the class that have already gone to the various BEST competitions.
When the Kane Wolves dominated the Elk County Catholic Crusaders 39-0 in a District 9 Class A quarterfinal match on Saturday night at Dutch Country Stadium, Kane head coach Todd Silfies explained that the strong showing by his squad was about more than just avenging a close 13-12 senior night loss earlier in the season and staying alive in the playoffs.
"It's actually deeper than that," Silfies said. "That (ECC) is a very good football team with a great class of seniors, and they've haunted these guys."
BROCKWAY â€“Â The 11th annual UAVSL Senior Girls and Senior Boys soccer games were held at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway on Saturday.
The games give area senior soccer players a final chance to play alongside some of their teammates as well as to play both with and against some of the familiar foes they faced throughout their high school careers. Several players from both St. Marys Area High School and Elk County Catholic High School competed in both games.
Unionâ€™s second win over Ridgway this season equaled the first playoff win in Golden Knights football history.
A late defensive stand by the Golden Knights helped Union preserve an 18-14 win over Ridgway in the quarterfinals of the District 9 Class A football playoffs Friday night at Memorial Field in Ridgway.
â€śItâ€™s a relief,â€ť Union coach Dave Louder said. â€śWe may have had better teams but weâ€™ve never had this family-style team. These guys are behind each other 100 percent. Itâ€™s just great to get that monkey off our back and we got to prepare for Brockway.â€ť
There are three options for the future of curbside recycling in the Ridgway Borough, according to borough manager Kim Zimmerman.
The Ridgway Borough Council is currently reviewing numbers for the 2015 budget, and due to its high cost and low usage rates, the curbside recycling program will most likely face changes unless officials can come up with more revenue to pay for the program.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority discussed ongoing repairs of water lines in the Boot Jack area to help find leaks that are causing the township to lose approximately 17 percent of their water in that area.
The authority's works superintendents, Chris Klase and Andrew Gosnell, said that they have finished repairs on one section, but two more sections were identified as problem areas following leak detection testing that was done in the area.
The Ridgway boys golf team was honored with a banquet Thursday night at Laurel Mill Golf Club.
Head coach Eric Herzing expressed appreciation to the parents and the booster club along with assistant coaches Denny McMahon, Dave Zawatski and Jerry Stenta.
At 2 p.m. on Thursday, a 2007 Pontiac G5 driven by Anthony Wilson, 33, of Johnsonburg, was involved in a one-vehicle accident on Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township, according the Ridgway-based state police.