April 8th, 2014
During the regular meeting of the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors, finance manager Brent Rhoads, along with Donna Sidelinger, presented information to the board concerning the 2014-15 budget, which is still in the preliminary stages.
Rhoads presented a possible budget which included a one-mill tax increase for next year, giving the district the potential to raise $89,500 in revenue. The current preliminary budget will see $12,460,506 in revenue with expenditures clocking in at $12,676,308, running the district a $215,802 deficit.
Beth Sweeney Kuttler, 53, died March 20, 2014, surrounded by family on the first day of spring 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Beth was born to the late Eugene and Georgia Sweeney in St. Marys, on Feb. 1, 1961.
Robert E. Austin Jr., 74, of Rockport, Texas, died Friday, March 28, 2014 after a lengthy illness.
Robert was born in Reynoldsville on March 10, 1940 to the late Robert E. and Elizabeth I. (Brochey) Austin, both from Pennsylvania.
Robert worked in construction, was a member of the National Guard, enjoyed sports (especially basketball), and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Robert called several states home, including Pennsylvania, New York, Alabama, and Texas, where he spent his final years.
The Ridgway Borough Council recently approved a bid for a waterline replacement project which will run from Oak Street near O.B. Grant Park to Water Works Road, which will take place primarily in the westbound lane of route 3002.
Council unanimously voted to approve the lowest bidder, Klinginsmith Construction Co. based out of Conneaut Lake, who put in a bid of approximately $1.312 million.
Luke Streich, a Ridgway native writing under the pen name Eazra Shrantz, recently completed a novel titled "Bleeding Shadows" which has been available online since April 5.
Streich, a graduate of Ridgway Area High School, began writing "stories and poetry for fun in the second grade," and has since went on to author several short stories prior to "Bleeding Shadows," his first full-length novel.
Renee K. Hanlin, 45, died Monday, March 31, 2014 after a long struggle with injuries sustained in an accident with her loving mother at her side.
She was born June 12, 1968 in Erie, the daughter of Rita Turner Hanlin and the late David J. Hanlin Sr.
She was raised in Saudi Arabia and Houston, Texas, and had the wonderful opportunity to travel the world with her family. She was a graduate of Villa Maria Academy and Penn State University, and held challenging and responsible jobs in Houston and in her fatherâ€™s business in Ridgway.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority is preparing to begin a manhole rehabilitation project for several manholes with damage to the interior in the Montmorenci area.
According to Carl Gosnell, Works Superintendent for the authority, the project consists of repairs to 11 manholes that "require attention," spanning from the area between Rich's Farm Market and Fairmont Road.
B. Pauline McMillen, 87, of 764 JoJo Rd., Kane, died Friday afternoon, April 4, 2014 at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
Born Nov. 30, 1926 in Brookville, she was the daughter of Russell C. and Gladys G. Weirich Gilmore.Â On May 4, 1946 in Johnsonburg, she married Donald E. McMillen, who died in 1998.
Pauline worked at Stackpole in Kane for many years until it closed.Â She then worked in the deli at Quality Markets in Kane for several years.
Chester Paul Rutigliano, 90, died Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Del Rio, Texas.
He was born Aug. 19, 1923 in Ridgway, son of the late Paul and Micheline Rutigliano.
He was a resident of Del Rio since 1964.
BYRNEDALE â€“ Emergency responders battled a house fire late Friday night and into the early morning hours of Saturday at a house just off Log Cabin Lane in the area of 19850 Bennetts Valley Highway in Byrnedale.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township) and Elk Company 5 (Jay Township) were dispatched to the fire at 11:18 p.m. along with Bennetts Valley Ambulance.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) responded shortly after 11:50 p.m.