Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
The Ridgway Area United Community Fund has kicked off its campaign for the 2011-2012 year.
This year's goal is again $25,000 and all of the funding will go directly back to the community.
This year's benefactors are: Ridgway YMCA, Elk County Council on the Arts [ECCOTA], Ridgway Elk County Historical Society, Ridgway Public Library, Ridgway Girl Scouts, Ridgway Boy Scouts, Ridgway Baseball Association and Little League and Salvation Army.
According to Community Fund campaign chairperson Michelle Bogacki, the Community Fund has almost reached 50 percent of its goal.
The deteriorating church in Portland Mills has long been a safety issue for the residents of the small village along state Route 949 but the situation's outcome may be long from over.
"I'm going to bring it up again at the next [county] planning meeting and I've questioned it a couple of times," said Richard Wittman, supervisor and chairman of Spring Creek Township's Board of Supervisors. "There are things that we can do that [county officials] may be able to help us with."
At Tuesday's joint meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) and the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, consultant Michelle Nestor provided attendees with a draft of the Elk County solid waste management plan for review. The 10-year, comprehensive plan contains a number of recommendations and suggestions for the authority that could help it maintain current cost-effective services, expand services and increase revenue.
RIDGWAY - Three years after the death of his 30-year-old daughter to prescription drug-related complications, a Ridgway man lobbying for stricter regulations on the prescription of controlled drugs, as well as greater accountability and oversight on the part of medical personnel, is now appealing to Gov. Tom Corbett in hopes that he take up the cause.
The Ridgway Borough Council approved a proposal Monday night which put an end to a 14-year dispute with the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad and ultimately saving the Pennsy Railroad Station from demolition.
Ridgway resident Dennis D. Heindl provided a $50,000 grant to restore the outside of the building to its original form.
According to Heindl, no tax dollars will be used for the restoration and maintenance.
"It wasn't an easy sell, but we had to do it," Heindl said. "We will have it covered for down the road and hopefully this will never come up again."
A former Make-A-Wish recipient, 11-year-old Christine Zwald of Ridgway recently won a holiday greetings card contest.
Christine is the daughter of Mike and April Zwald of Ridgway. Her drawing entitled "Little Saint Nick" was granted one of the four designs for this yearâ€™s Make-A-Wish Foundationâ€™s holiday greeting cards.
The winning designs were chosen from dozens of submissions. All of the participating children along with Christine were previously granted wishes to go to the Walt Disney World Resort.
LAWRENCE TWP. â€“Â With this year's statewide bear season under way, Pennsylvania Game Commission employees at area bear check stations are examining harvested bears for signs of mange, a skin disease caused by mites.
"Mange is the disease of greatest concern right now," said Matt Lovallo, Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Mammal Section supervisor, on Saturday afternoon at the check station in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County.
Lovallo noted that mange is not typically seen statewide, and instead is primarily affecting bears in the Northcentral and Southwest regions.
MT. JEWETT â€“Â If the number of bears processed over the weekend at the bear check station located at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall in McKean County is any indication, hunters are meeting with quite a bit of success in their quest to bag a bruin this year.
The Pennsylvania Wilds recently brought in seven new artists and three new trail stops from the 12-and-a-half county PA Wilds region.
Ta Enos, PA Wilds Small Business Ombudsman, says the artisan trail initiative has been in place since 2003 and is a project of the PA Wilds.
â€śIt focuses on raising profitability and promoting artists in our region,â€ť Enos said. â€śThe brand displays high quality products so they can be sold at a higher price, and it helps artists get their products to market.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ To kick off the holiday season, the Johnsonburg Recreation Board is sponsoring a Santa Gathering to welcome Santa on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Johnsonburg Community Center.
The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be music performed by Bells of St. Marys and the Grey Knight Drum and Bugle Corp. Games, activities, crafts and face-painting will be provided for the children. A soup, bake sale and Chinese auction will be conducted and proceeds benefit the Johnsonburg Community Center.