Archive - Jul 2011 - News Article
The Central Fire Station along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway hosted a blood drive for the N.Y.-Penn region American Red Cross stationed out out of Buffalo, N.Y.
According to Red Cross supervisor Pat Schwarzmueller, the warm weather may have deterred donors.
"We were six percent lower than this time last year," Schwarzmueller said. "It has really pushed us this year and because it has been so warm it declines even more, since people are either staying home in air conditioning or are on vacation. So we see less and less."
Animal abandonment, particularly of cats, is a recurring problem in the area, with many being left near farms or in other remote areas.
Mary Meyer, 14, of St. Marys, recently came face-to-face with this problem while walking with her mother, Donna, and dog, Malu, near her home in the Benzinger Road area on the evening of June 19.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District approved an increase in the price of lunch by five cents after a mandate from the federal government during their regular school board meeting Thursday night.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority recently adopted a drought contingency plan requested by Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] officials.
Authority members voted unanimously in favor of adopting the drought plan as drawn up by Uni-Tec Consulting Engineers Inc. for the water agreement with the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company.
Chairman Eric Poague discussed the criteria for the various trigger points to be used by Authority officials in identifying the various onset of drought response levels in the system.
ST. MARYS â€“ St. Marys resident and attorney Mark Jacob has been named as the Democratic nominee on the ballot for Magisterial District Justice 59-3-03 in the Nov. 8 general election.
Jacob was nominated by the Elk County Democratic Party's executive committee this week following the withdrawal of Democratic primary ballot winner Stephen P. Skrzypek of Kersey. Skrzypek took the top spot on the May 17 ballot. He withdrew his candidacy on July 5.
With impressive turnouts for the first two years, YMCA officials and various volunteers from the community are looking forward to the third annual "Kids Triathlon" scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at 11 a.m.
"This is a great event for our local youths," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "We are once again pleased to be able to put it together.Â
"There are several different age groups for both boys and girls and each event is designed to fit that age group."
According to Ridgway YMCA executive director Mary Lynne Bellotti, the popular North Broad Street facility has flourished as of late, especially during the summer months.
"There is a whole lot going on at the Ridgway YMCA this summer," Bellotti said. "We have been on the go nonstop."
Among the bright spots provided by the facility and its employees is the Ridgway YMCA Summer Camp program, an initiative offered from the time local schools go out of session right up until the first day of classes in the fall.
The Ridgway YMCA continues to provide its Child Care Center program to area residents.
The program cares for children ages three through kindergarten and employees provide a full preschool curriculum. Each day, several youths have the opportunity to be a part of a program that is not just a daycare.
"We take pride in being able to offer not only child care, but a complete preschool curriculum.â€ť said Shawna Steger as she described the licensed child care facility. "It is our goal to get our children ready for kindergarten."
BROCKPORT â€“ The Horton Township Supervisors voted unanimously to seal Bundy Settlement and Squab Hollow Roads during their regular meeting Wednesday night.
Authority members approved a purchase of one load of oil for approximately $16,000.
According to roadmaster Randy Carr, oil is estimated at $3.30 per gallon.
"When I first started here it was 28 cents a gallon," Carr said.
Carr also suggested other roads that could use some of the oil.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Municipal Authority member Ed Gapinski updated borough council members Monday on the status of the water sales agreement with the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company.
The agreement for the municipal authority to sell the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company up to 157,000 gallons of water per day was put on hold last month by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
"We are in trouble with DEP," Gapinski said. "We have outstanding VOCs [Violations of Compliance]. We have a control panel that should be installed at Silver Creek right now."