September 27th, 2011
The Elk County Conservation District held their regular meeting Monday night to discuss the progress of the Elk County Monitoring Project.
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine announced that data loggers have been deployed and have recorded two weeks worth of baseline data in the Big Mill Creek and Bear Creek watersheds.
Bonfardine plans to have all 12 data loggers in Elk County streams by October.
Project interns have built six housing units for the data loggers.
KANE â€“ Bolstered by its business link with the Hamot Medical Center in Erie and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Kane Community Hospital (KCH) now has a healthy â€śbottom line.â€ť
This is the â€śgood newsâ€ť message delivered Monday by KCH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gary Rhodes in his annual report to the community.
According to figures released by Rhodes, KCH ended its fiscal year June 30 with a net income of $1,353,181. This is a â€śturn-aroundâ€ť of $1.56 million from the previous fiscal year that showed a loss of $209,000.
PORT ALLEGANY â€“ With under one minute remaining in regulation and the seconds quickly ticking away in the fourth quarter of Saturday afternoonâ€™s football game, the Elk County Catholic Crusaders faced fourth-and-goal at Port Alleganyâ€™s one-yard-line with the score tied at 19-all. Two possessions earlier the team had been in a similar scenario, driving all the way to the Gatorâ€™s three-yard-line before being shut down by Portâ€™s defense and turning the ball over on downs.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg soccer won 3-2 over Clearfield Saturday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
It was the Rams' first win of the season and a one-goal win for Johnsonburg after losing four straight one-goal decisions.
B. Patricia Stitt is the new Spanish and General Biology teacher at the Ridgway Area Middle/High School.
Stitt originated from Bogota, Colombia where she was a practicing veterinarian for 12 years, and an adjunct biology professor at the University in Bogota. It wasnâ€™t until 2004 that Stitt arrived in the United States and attended Clarion University for teaching.
Upon graduation, Stitt began teaching in the Otto-Eldred School District in Duke Center.
The Borough of Ridgway will use money allotted from Community Development Block Grant Funds for the remainder of repairs to the 700-foot retaining wall along Front Street.
The Borough was allotted $95,871 for financial fiscal year 2011.
"We completed about a third of it last year," said borough manager Martin Schuller. "We pressure-washed, stained and treated it."
During Monday night's meeting council members approved to submit another application to the Department of Community & Economic Development to finish the last section of the wall.
Repairs to the wall will begin in the fall.
Ridgway football will enter AML South play on a 3-game winning streak after a 19-0 victory over Cameron County Friday night at Memorial Field.
"It's a great feeling, I'm so proud of my kids right now," Ridgway coach Mark Heindl said. "What a heck of a defensive game our guys played. Offensively, we moved the ball, we showed some things that we can do. We got to capitalize more in the red zone. We're happy, we're 3-1 going into AML South divisional play, tied for first place. Our kids are excited right now and they have every right to be."
Ridgway boys golf won 208-209 on Senior Night over Johnsonburg Thursday afternoon at Laurel Mill Golf Course.
The five seniors for the Elkers are Kyle Caggiano, Aaron Sorge, Eric Matheson, Alex Oknefski and Jordan Lundin.
â€śThe coaching staff is going to miss our five seniors,â€ť Ridgway coach Dave Zawatski said. â€śIt will be different not having them to rely on next year but the program is in much better shape because of them. Hopefully, we can continue the 12-match home winning streak that they have established.â€ť
The Elk County Gas Task Force's meeting Thursday night at the St. Marys Area Middle School drew landowners from across the region hoping to better understand the resources at their disposal, as well as their rights as property owners in the Marcellus Shale era.
Guest speakers Tom Wagner, Esq., of Meyer and Wagner in St. Marys, and Professor Ross Pifer of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, spoke with attendees about various legal aspects dealing with Marcellus Shale, beginning with the initial stages of lease negotiations.
The Ridgway YMCA will be hosting a â€śMini Groove for a Cureâ€ť event on Friday, Sept. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m.
"Since the Ridgway YMCA became an Activate America YMCA, each year we like to do something to give back to the community," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "In the past we have done such things as 'Coats for a Cause,' collected eye glasses for overseas and when Julie Lang came to me with this event I thought it would be something that we would love to host."