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December 25th

Christmas Day Happening a success

December 25, 2012

Area residents celebrated the 30th Christmas Day Happening celebration with a Christmas Day dinner full of various events at Central Fire Station in Ridgway. Among the events were a dinner at noon, students from April School of Dance performing along with Bailey Pretak, who performed various Christmas musical numbers on the keyboard. There was a slide show illustrating past Christmas Day Happening events while patrons ate full turkey or ham dinners with mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, Italian wedding soup, and various other delectable delights.

December 21st

Council continues discussion over well site

December 21, 2012

A discussion concerning the installation of a Marcellus Shale well located above the Ridgway Reservoir continued during Monday's borough council meeting.
The concern was first addressed at November's meeting after council member Ralph Dussia, who came upon the site while hunting, questioned Environmental Manager Paul McCurdy on the effects of a potential spill near the reservoir.

Former RFD treasurer pleads guilty to fraud

December 21, 2012

A former Ridgway Fire Department Treasurer was in Elk County Court Friday where he accepted a plea deal on charges that he misused over $15,000 in company funds between March 2008 and October 2009.

Daniel Jack Sample

December 21, 2012

Daniel Jack Sample, 30, of 513 Mill St., Johnsonburg, died Friday morning, Dec. 21, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born on Aug. 23, 1982 in St. Marys, the son of Richard Jack Sample and Judith A. Muroski Sample.
He resided in Johnsonburg most of his life and was a graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, Class of 2000. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church.

James S. Fehr

December 21, 2012

James S. Fehr, 69, of 7673 Laurel Mill Rd., Ridgway, formerly of Springfield, died at Sena Kean Manor, Smethport on Friday morning, Dec. 21, 2012.
He was born May 15, 1943, in Easton, a son of the late Robert and Madeline Click Fehr.
On March 20, 1965, in Straw Lutheran Church, Phillipsburg, N.J., he married Sandra Miller Fehr, who survives.

Elkers down Gators

December 21, 2012

Ridgway boys basketball won 56-19 over Port Allegany in action Friday night at Ridgway Area High School.

December 20th

JASD reviews safety measures

December 21, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Johnsonburg Area School District [JASD], like most school districts across the United States, continues to review their safety measures and procedures.
"Our school district has a crisis plan which we constantly are reviewing to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and support staff," said JASD Superintendent Dennis Crotzer. "My administrative staff has reviewed this plan with their staffs after the unfortunate school shooting in Connecticut.

Jean M. Knight

December 21, 2012

Jean M. Knight, 70, of Glen Mayo Road, Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh after a short illness.
She was born June 12, 1942 in St. Marys, daughter of the late John A. and Edna (Fitch) Erickson.
She married Stanley J. Hasselman, who preceded her in death; and Richard “Dick” Rosenhoover, who preceded her in death.
She lived all of her live in Elk County. She worked at St. Marys Carbon, GE Sylvania, Community Nurses, St. Marys Hospital Medical/Surgical unit and worked as a bartender and caterer. She was a member of Central Hose Company.  

Gun sales and permits up in Elk County, nationwide

December 21, 2012

Gun sales and permit applications are up in Elk County and nationwide, sources say, following the shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last Friday that left 20 children and six adults dead at the school.
Elk County Chief Deputy Sheriff Theresa Merritt said applications for gun permits, which are processed through the sheriff's office, have gone up over the last few years but did not increase significantly since Friday.

Mental health care equally important in wake of tragedy

December 21, 2012

Following last week's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left nearly 30 people dead, many of them children, an increased focus has been placed on the issue of gun control. With guns at the forefront of national discussion, an equally important issue-- providing adequate help for those with mental health issues-- has been overshadowed.

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