April 12th, 2012
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Despite fielding a small team for the 2012 baseball season, the Johnsonburg Rams have made some noise early with solid pitching and a quick infield, and look to contend in the competitive District 9 scene.
"We knew our numbers were low but the players in the bottom of the lineup are starting to show some life at the plate and they've improved defensively," Johnsonburg head baseball coach Jeff Peterson said. "That's mixing well with the rest of the team. We definitely had a positive outlook at the beginning of the season and we knew we had real good pitching coming back.
Ridgway baseball has turned the page after a 4-win 2011 season.
The Elkers come into this new season with new faces in key positions and just two returning starters.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday afternoon for Ling Ling Chinese Restaurant at 201 Main St. in downtown Ridgway. Shown, from left, Tina Aiello, Ed Aiello, Chang Yao Jiang, Ridgway Mayor Dr. Guillermo Udarbe, Danfeng Chen, Mu Jin Dong, Heather Serafini, Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Mary Kucenski, and Ridgway Borough Manager Martin Schuller.
BROCKPORT â€“ The Horton Township Board of Supervisors announced receiving a positive audit for the 2011 financial year during Wednesday night's regular meeting.
The audit was conducted by township auditors Rita Thompson, Jennifer Wolfe and Daniel Lines.
Chairman Jeff Johnson read aloud a letter sent to the township from Lines.
ST. MARYS â€“ Beginning in the fall, the Elk County Catholic School System will incorporate iPads into their curriculum.
ST. MARYS â€“ With trout season set to begin in the region on April 14, the Straub Brewery's annual Fishing Program was under way Thursday, with 75 tagged trout to be stocked in area waterways.
Don "Flip" Bobenrieth, sales representative for Straub's north central market, began the day by picking up the rainbow trout, ranging in size from 19 to 26 inches long, from the Lake Clear Creek Fish and Deer Farm in Emporium.
"I went down this morning and got them. Yesterday we stocked Emporium and today we'll be stocking the other creeks in DuBois, Johnsonburg, and Brockway," Bobenrieth said.
As the new season has progressed, Ridgway softball is looking to lean on five seniors to help the Lady Elkers improve.
Ridgwayâ€™s seniors are Morgan Herzing, Sam Kovalyak, Sydney Kovalyak, Melissa Wehler and Ashley Viglione.
â€śWeâ€™re going to look to those five for senior leadership and step it up from what they did last year because a lot of them were successful last year,â€ť Ridgway coach Gary Gerber II said.
JAY TWP. - The Pennsylvania State Police have issued a warning to Jay Township residents urging them to lock their vehicles and take valuable items inside following a recent string of burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles in the area.
Trooper Craig A. Smith, the investigating officer in two recent thefts from a motor vehicle, said the criminal activity has peaked within the last month and the investigation has yet to yield any suspects.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A new face is at the helm of the Johnsonburg softball program as first-year head coach Jenny Lewis hopes to build on last season's playoff appearance.
"I started teaching in Johnsonburg last year and I had helped some of the pitchers last year," Lewis said. "When the opening came up I thought I might as well use what I have and try to coach."
A Brookville Area High School graduate, Lewis attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and competed in softball at both the high school and collegiate levels. Her experience, she said, can be a double-edged sword.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ After a winless 2011 campaign, the Johnsonburg boys tennis team is already ahead of the curve for the 2012 season and are looking for bigger things to come as the spring progresses.
"We're looking to improve on last season after not winning a match and early on this year, we have won, and we have improved," said Johnsonburg head boys varsity tennis coach Gregg Dauber. "I hope to see some of our returning players stepping up and playing the way they should play to lead the way and lead the team because that's their job."