February 11th, 2014
During their regular board meeting held Tuesday evening, the Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution stating their opposition to the high school graduation exam administered by the state. If high school students do not pass three subject-based exams in the areas of algebra I, biology and literature, they are not permitted to graduate.
The school board passed the resolution in order to show their disapproval of the current system and put into formal verbiage their opinion on the topic.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular meeting of the Johnsonburg Borough Council, borough manager Mary Polaski reported that the Public Works committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to further discuss plans for the Harrison Avenue retaining wall which is set to undergo renovations.
"We did receive a price from our engineer of $29,500 to do all the engineering work for it but public works would like to sit down and maybe come up with a plan and get back to council and discuss it then," Polaski said.
DuBOIS â€“Â Approximately 35 occupants of an apartment building located at 136 East Park Ave. in DuBois were displaced Saturday afternoon following a fire.
The State Police Fire Marshal investigated the blaze, which occurred at 12 p.m. on Feb. 8. The East Park Avenue location is a two-story wood structure with 10 units. Units consist of single one room units and family units. Numerous tenants resided at the complex, which is owned by Scott Blose of DuBois.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders overcame a 13-point Ridgway Elker lead midway in the third quarter to register a 48-46 AML win Friday night at the ECCHS gym.
The Crusaders trailed 36-23 with 4:45 left in the third period.
Ridgway girls basketball lost 59-29 to Smethport Friday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Before the game, the Lady Elkers honored their five seniors, Sarah Szczotka, Kiki Woodford, Jenni Thomas, Dani Shirey and Ange DeAngelo. The five seniors also sang the national anthem before the game.
As the winter months continue in Elk County, the Ridgway Fire Department would like to remind residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
Dave Parsons, a member of the Ridgway Fire Department, said Friday that is it easy for a fire hydrant to be overlooked due to snow coverage.
"The hydrants need to be clearly visible and accessible from the road," Parsons said. "Firefighters can lose valuable time if they can't see them or get at them easily."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Brockway girls basketball won 42-32 over Johnsonburg in action Thursday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Brockway took control of the game in the first quarter as the Lady Rovers led 19-5 after just eight minutes.
"That seems to be our MO this season. We have a slow start," Johnsonburg coach Crystal Galsick said. "If we could just get off the bench like we play the second half, I think a lot of our losses would be wins."
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority has continued to make headway in detecting water loss during the month of January.
Overall, accountability levels reached 85 percent, equating to a total loss of 606,970 gallons and a total of $3,151 paid to the borough for lost water.
George P. Gasbarre, 92, of 39936 State St., Ridgway, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, Feb. 6, 2014 at the home of his son Joseph in Ridgway.
He was born March 17, 1921 in Ridgway, son of the late Louis and Columbia (Sidoni) Gasbarre.
He married Philomena Nellie A. Mann on May 28, 1946, she preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 1998.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, the K of C where he was a 4th Degree in the St. Marys Assembly, was a past Grand Knight of the Frank Servidia Council, and was a life member of the Ridgway Moose.
KANE â€“ The criminal case against a Kane woman linked with a horrific six-fatality crash Aug. 31 is headed to McKean County Court.
Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman "bound over" the charges to county court Wednesday following an intense three-hour preliminary hearing in his courtroom.
Kathy S. Douglas, 37, faces 35 charges-- including 15 felonies-- in connection with the Route 219 wreck that killed her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew Jarrett Costanzo of Kane, and four members of a St. Marys family.