September 1st, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ Thursday night, representatives from the telecommunications industry, as well as local businesses and government officials, met at Gunners Restaurant in St. Marys to discuss the implications of a proposed area code change for the region slated to take effect in the first quarter of 2015.
As many municipalities within the county are profiting from the Marcellus Shale drilling, the Ridgway Township Municipal Authority voted Thursday in favor of initiating possible negotiations with the Borough of Ridgway concerning the potential delivery of bulk water sales at various locations throughout the township.
Authority members plan to meet with Ridgway Borough officials in the near future to discuss the matter.
Works superintendent Carl Gosnell noted that the township is not equipped to supply the drilling operators.
John Wygant, fire chief at the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department, attended Tuesday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting seeking borough officials' blessings for the purchase of a new fire truck.
Department officials are in the process of purchasing a pumper/rescue truck, combining an engine and a rescue truck into one.
"We haven't bought a new pumper in 13 years," Wygant said. "The average life span is 20 years and then you have to start putting money into them. We have a piece of equipment now that we are continually putting money into and we want to eliminate that.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Rene Timm, another new kindergarten teacher at Johnsonburg Elementary School, chose a teaching career because of her brother.
â€śI decided to become a teacher because of my brother,â€ť Timm said. â€śHe was a child who struggled in school because he had a serious medical condition. Even though he eventually overcame his health issues, he was passed from one grade to another because teachers felt bad for him.â€ť
She recalls sitting and doing her homework wondering why her brother never really had anything to do. Eventually, she noticed a change for the worse as time went by.
"Yellow-bellied sapsucker" may sound like an insult, but members of the newly formed Allegheny Highlands Bird Club know it's actually one of the many bird species living in the region. Club members are hoping to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about this bird and others with residents in Elk and surrounding counties.
"The area is really, really rich in birds and lots of different species of birds," said John Fedak, the club's president.
Edith F. Mrofchinski, 90, of 403 Valley View Ave., and formerly of 102 Evergreen Dr., Ridgway, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, August 30, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her family.
She was born June 4, 1921 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Jefferson P. and Emma (Dallenbach) Oertly.
She married Andy (Ezoc) Mrofchinski on Feb. 14, 1941. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1997.
Ariannah Nicole Nero Rairdan, of 602 Washington St., St. Marys, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital following a three-month premature delivery.
She was born Aug. 17, 2011 at DuBois Regional Medical Center, daughter of Patrick John Rairdan and Kayla Michelle Nero.
She struggled to survive for eight days, and for those eight days she was survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and paternal and maternal grandparents and great -grandparents, as well as friends of both families.
Over the past two weekends, the Laurel Mill Golf Club held its annual Club Championships. The golfers were flighted according to their handicap. They then competed in a 54-hole stroke play tournament.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusader golf squad picked up a pair of wins on Wednesday afternoon as they defeated the Johnsonburg Rams and the Kane Wolves in a tri-match held at the St. Marys Golf Club. Elk Catholic won the match with a score of 211. Johnsonburg had a score of 219, while Kane had a score of 260. The match featured eight golfers from Elk Catholic, five from Johnsonburg and six from Kane; however, only the top five scores from each team counted for the match.
A spark to the upcoming season may have come at the end of last year's 10-game slate.
A 20-18 victory by the Elkers over Clarion-Limestone ended the 2010 football season with a win and varsity head coach Mark Heindl said he saw that momentum from the off-season to preparation for this season. He noted his appreciation for the 2010 seniors and the work they put into the program and teaching this year's team members.