Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
Stacie Johnson-Leske, a ceramics artist, recently relocated to the area with her husband because she was intrigued by the Pennsylvania Wilds.
â€śMy husband and I like to do outdoorsy things for our anniversary every year,â€ť said Johnson-Leske. â€śWe researched the PA Wilds and found that Ridgway had both bicycle trails and kayaking. So we stayed at a bed and breakfast in St. Marys and visited Ridgway.â€ť
Able to create her art anywhere, Johnson-Leske had made the transition to Ridgway.
Following the recent allegations that former Penn State assistant football coach Gerald A. â€śJerryâ€ť Sandusky allegedly sexually abused at least eight young boys over a 15-year period, one statement has been repeated frequently: The focus should remain on helping the victims of this alleged abuse.
The debacle has left people wondering many things, not the least of which is: If something like this could happen at a large institution like Penn State and stay under the radar, how many other places could it be happening and go unnoticed?
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] responded to a site along Silver Creek, half of a mile from the reservoir Thursday morning, 48 hours after the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company reportedly leaked a large amount of bentonite into the stream, quickly making its way into the reservoir.
DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday reported an increased amount of sediment in the reservoir and a temporary spike in the turbidity following the incident.
Sunday said there was not an impact on the quality of the drinking water.
While Elk County may have weathered the housing crisis better than other parts of the country, some local realtors say the area is experiencing an emerging nationwide trend which has seen foreclosure rates climbing steeply, in the double digits, in just a matter of months.
According to Fitch, a global rating agency, national foreclosure rates have jumped 14 percent between the second and third quarter of 2011.
The Elk County Community Foundation [ECCF] distributed nearly $20,000 in grant monies to five non-profit organizations Wednesday night at Elkwood Arts at 324 Allenhurst Ave., in Ridgway.
ECCF brought together non-profit organizations that serve the residents of Ridgway who were chosen to receive a grant from the Borough of Ridgway Charitable Fund.
A multiyear effort to inventory local roads and bridges dominated dialogue Wednesday morning during a North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] meeting as the board of directors linked the issue with Senate Bill 1100 (drilling impact fee).
All locally-owned roads and bridges under 20 feet are being inventoried, according to Amy Kessler, director of the Community Development and Regional Planning department at North Central.
The Johnsonburg Community Center now offers a Zumba Fitness class on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The class is taught by licensed Zumba instructor Lacy Nicklas. Nicklas has been a licensed instructor since January 2011. When she moved back to the area to be with her husband, Nicklas decided she wanted to offer Zumba which she was so passionate about.
â€śI lived in Allentown before where I took Zumba,â€ť Nicklas said. â€śWhen I moved here there werenâ€™t any classes, and I figured if I was going to move somewhere with no classes I needed to start them.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ In an attempt to bore a pipe under Silver Creek, the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company leaked a large amount of bentonite into the reservoir at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Hunt district superintendent Mark Wagley and project manager Gordon Bryksa attended Tuesday night's Johnsonburg Municipal Authority meeting to report the incident.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Willis "Bill" Simon was involved in many civic organizations, including the Johnsonburg Chamber of Commerce, Johnsonburg Area Development Organization, president of the Johnsonburg Area Health Center Advisory Board, the Johnsonburg Welfare Chest, the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, and many more.
He especially loved Rotary International. He was a three-time Paul Harris Fellow and had 48 years of perfect attendance, and was the chairman of the annual Rotary Multi-phasic Blood Analysis Program for many years.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council approved the tentative 2012 budget and tax schedule during Monday afternoon's meeting.
Next year's budget is projected as $1,801,811.
According to borough manager Mary Polaski, there will be no tax increase. The budget includes an average three-percent raise to employees and hospitalization is projected at 1.9 percent.
"Other than that everything else pretty much stays the same," Polaski said.
Polaski said the millage for the 2012 tax schedule will remain the same as 2011.