An email and text message alert sent out by the St. Marys Area School District (SMASD) through its automated emergency text/email notification systemÂ informing recipients of the "attempt to pass voucher charter school expansion legislation next week" and instructing them to contact their legislators and "tell them to vote no on vouchers" has come under fire for what some perceive as misuse of a public address system intended for emergency purposes only.
Pauline E. Bowers, 54, of 8 Gillouly Ave., passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.
She was born March 30, 1957 in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Ralph and Janet Johnson Amacher. On Aug. 7, 1976, she married Richard â€śBillâ€ť Bowers, he survives. Mrs. Bowers was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of the Faith United Church of Christ, and the Women of the Moose. She had been employed at the Ridgway Eagles and the Ridgway Moose. She enjoyed crocheting and she was an assistant soccer coach at Ridgway Area High School.
Eric Matheson eclipsed 1,000 career points and the game ended in a victory.
A perfect night for Ridgway boys basketball.
Ridgway used a suffocating full-court press and a long third-quarter run as Ridgway won 74-53 over Smethport Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
From the attention given to the Elker senior point guard after the game, there was little doubt whose night this was.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Behind the white-hot trio of Cameron Grumley, Quinn Luhr and Cole Peterson, the Johnsonburg Rams never trailed Tuesday night in a 52-35 runaway victory over visiting Elk County Catholic.
The Rams used a quick 10-2 start to open the game and kept at least a double-digit lead since the 5:55 mark of the second quarter en route to an unblemished 2-0 start.
Tracy Ross, Community Outreach Training Coordinator for the Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse is involved at the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School with the fifth grade classes teaching tolerance and conflict resolution in the Diversity/Tolerance Program.
The program focuses on teaching the children to respond confidently and with success.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Residents in the Borough of Johnsonburg will not see an increase in taxes after council members voted in favor of fixing the tax rates to remain the same from last year.
The real estate tax will remain at 21.36 mills and the occupation tax will remain at 237.5 mills.
The 2012 budget was adopted at $1,801,811 during Monday afternoon's regular borough council meeting.
Other taxes include a one-half of one percent earned income tax, a local services tax of $47; a $5 per capita tax and a one-half of one percent realty transfer tax.
WILCOX â€“ The Jones Township Supervisors adopted the 2012 budget during the regular meeting Monday night.
Supervisor Laurie Storrar reported a general fund budget of about $650,000 without a tax increase for the upcoming year.
The real estate tax will remain at 6.6 mills and the occupation tax will remain at 14 mills.
Supervisors discussed a joint meeting that was held with Al Vanderpoel of E&M Engineers and Thomas Wagner of Meyer & Wagner, on Dec. 8 concerning the seven Elk County Municipalities that need to address the Federal Emergency Management Agency's [FEMA] Plan B Ordinance.
Plans to shut down Main Street for the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous were quickly stifled by PennDOT officials as borough council and event organizers struggle to settle on an agreeable locale.
After the initial plans for Main Street were halted, talks of returning the event to the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Lot along North Broad Street were shot down as borough officials have reportedly been entertaining thoughts of holding the event on Court and Center Streets in down Ridgway.
After the New Year, the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority and the Borough of Ridgway will discuss connecting their water supply systems together to use one source as backup in the event of an emergency.
Ridgway Borough's environmental manager Paul McCurdy attended Tuesday night's Johnsonburg Municipal Authority meeting to discuss the concept.
Nancy R. Beimel, 70, of 759 Johnsonburg Rd. Elco Glen, St. Marys, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness of the past several months.
She was born in Los Angeles, CA on March 11, 1941, daughter of the late Frank and Helen Johnson Nottingham.
She had formerly lived in California and Reynoldsville.
Nancy enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. She was an animal lover and loved her dog. She loved to travel, do ceramics, read and write poetry.