Archive - Aug 2011 - News Article
After a meeting last month revealed that the Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program out of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] may face a $92,000 budget cut for the new fiscal year, officials expressed concern Wednesday morning after the figures had a chance to sink in.
Warren Hollertz, a local pastor with over 50 years invested in the area, is set to soon leave the area for a retirement community in Allison Park located outside of Pittsburgh to the north.
A mainstay and community leader throughout his half-century tenure in the area, Hollertz enjoyed an hour-long meeting Monday morning at Joey's Bakery alongside fellow volunteers who keep the Ridgway Meals on Wheels program turning through the years. The popular pastor was not at a loss for words when describing his love for the program, volunteerism, and the area itself.
According to statistics gathered over the years, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths for children ages 2 through 12 in the United States; every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
The Elk County Commissioners yesterday adopted a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety Week.
The Ridgway Ambulance hosted a First Responders program to better prepare high school students for a career in the medical field.
The program sprung from a grant written through the North Central Workforce Investment Board [NCWIB] by the Penn State Cooperative Extension 4-H program, Appalachian Arts Studio, Elk County Council on the Arts [ECCOTA] and the Ridgway Area School District.
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine has begun deploying data loggers into watersheds to gather baseline data for the Elk County Monitoring Project.
"At this time, five data loggers are deployed, with the sixth going in stream [today]," Bonfardine said during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting.
The Ridgway YMCA recently held another successful Summer Camp by having a cookout last week at Bendigo State Park.
"We received a donation from the RHS [Ridgway High School] Alumni Association a couple months ago," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA, "and I knew exactly what I was going to do with the donation, give it back to the kids."
Each camper received a YMCA backpack with back to school supplies. The kids were excited to receive the backpacks and we were happy that the YMCA was able to give the backpacks and supplies to them. Â
As one of its many programs, Parents as Teachers (PAT) - a part of Dickinson's Center Inc.'s Children's Prevention Services - offers a unique opportunity with its infant massage classes aimed at strengthening the bond between parents and their infant.
Certified Infant Massage Instructor and PAT educator Deanna Meyer teaches the classes, which demonstrate how massage benefits children by easing their discomfort, releasing tension, helping premature infants gain weight and helping asthmatic infants improve their breathing function.
The Ridgway-based Pa. State Police report a fire marshal investigation that took placed on Aug. 21 at 2:10 p.m. at the Pennsy Restaurant owned by Michele A. Ritter of Kersey at 157 N. Broad St., Ridgway. According to reports, the Pa. State Police fire marshal and the Ridgway Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of a fire that damaged a two-story wood frame restaurant. The fire was contained to the attic and roof areas of the building. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire and the building was unoccupied. There were no injuries.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Jamie Lee Desantis, a 29-year-old fugitive who avoided a three-hour manhunt Thursday in Ridgway, was later caught at approximately 11 p.m. on Water Street Extension in Johnsonburg.
Desantis was reportedly seen in Johnsonburg at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday and was later apprehended after a second search of the area after press time.
Things went from bad to worse when a fire ripped through the home of Jim and Nancy Bodien at 45 Fremont Ave., Ridgway, last Saturday night.
The kitchen, dining room and bathroom took the brunt of the fire leaving the smoke and water to destroy the rest of the home.
Five miles away at Nancy's mother's residence, she received a call from her sister at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday night to tell her that her house was on fire.
Fortunately, no one was in the home at the time of the blaze.