Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
ERIE â€“ A Kersey man has been sentenced to seven months in federal prison on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Richard "Rick" Alan Raspatello, 56, of 1418 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, who pleaded guilty to the charge, also has been ordered to make restitution in the amount of $86,953.14, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Erie.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District recently approved a policy to establish guidelines limiting district employees' use of personal wireless devices.
â€śThis includes any wireless device of a personal nature that is brought into the workplace, largely cell phones,â€ť said superintendent Dr. Walter Fitch. â€śWe have to make sure work and the students' safety is not compromised as employees are on their cell phones while they should be watching students or doing their work which they are getting paid for.
With tax revenue already budgeted and a bond issue, Elk County officials have been able to purchase the Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] to house the county's 911 Center with no new taxes.
"In the taxes that we bring in in our budgeted tax revenue, there is a small percentage for at least the last 20 years that has been levied for capital improvements," said Daniel R. Freeburg, one of three commissioners for Elk County.
As many people have read or seen in news reports, a northeastern Pennsylvania couple was arrested this month on charges of killing their unwanted newborn. While this is an extreme and rare situation, it is important for people to know that the state has a program in place to help people who are unwilling or unable to care for their child to prevent such tragedies from occurring.
The River Outreach Center held the final drama performance of Reality Outreach Ministries "Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames" Tuesday night along Gillis Avenue in Ridgway.
"I have known of this program for 20 some years now," said pastor Bill Braley of Living Waters Christian Church. "I saw what a huge impact it had on people that attended. I have never seen an audience moved as much as I have in this production and that is the reason why we went all out to try and get them here.
"They are very busy. We had to book them way in advance."
The Ridgway Area School District held a special board meeting Monday night to adopt the 2011-2012 General Fund Budget with total revenues and expenditures of $12,023,105 as presented at the May board meeting.
The budget was not approved at the regular school board meeting held June 14 when board members Lucy Bobby, Kathy Lampman and president Eugene Pierce voted in favor of the general fund budget and board member Bill Seely voted against it.
On Monday night, the motion was carried to adopt the budget on a 5-1 vote.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt announced during the group's meeting Monday evening that organization is teaming up with the Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) to conduct an invasive and noxious weed survey on a limited number of area properties between now and the end of August. According to Putt, only 17 property surveys will be conducted.
"We have the ability to do up to 17 of these surveys and at this point we're open to do 17," Putt said.
KERSEY â€“ The first annual Smoke on the Mountain Annual Benefit cookoff was held over Friday and Saturday at the Fox Township Fire Department in Kersey.
Joe Kugler, Lieutenant 32, of the Fox Township Fire Department, said the idea is to enjoy some good food and good company. Kugler was one of the main contacts for the event along with Ron Deahl, the chairman of the barbecue committee.
KERSEY â€“ To the untrained observer at a horse show, it may not seem like it takes much to maneuver horse and rider gracefully around the ring-- but competitive rider Tia Meredith of Kersey knows differently.
"Preparing for a show is a lot of work. Not only you, but the horse, has to practice and know what to do," Meredith said.
Meredith, who has been riding for 35 years and showing competitively for 27 years, became interested in competition while attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The Ridgway branch of PNC Bank received a strong turnout for its grand reopening event held Friday afternoon at 301 Main St.
The Family Festival provided a variety entertainment for adults and children including a live radio remote by WDDH-FM, 97.5.
Children took their chances to win a $150, $100 and $50 gift cards on the PNC prize wheel and Plinko. A U.S. Savings Bond was awarded to the winning child in the coloring contest.