Archive - Sep 1, 2011 - News Article
John Wygant, fire chief at the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department, attended Tuesday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting seeking borough officials' blessings for the purchase of a new fire truck.
Department officials are in the process of purchasing a pumper/rescue truck, combining an engine and a rescue truck into one.
"We haven't bought a new pumper in 13 years," Wygant said. "The average life span is 20 years and then you have to start putting money into them. We have a piece of equipment now that we are continually putting money into and we want to eliminate that.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Rene Timm, another new kindergarten teacher at Johnsonburg Elementary School, chose a teaching career because of her brother.
â€śI decided to become a teacher because of my brother,â€ť Timm said. â€śHe was a child who struggled in school because he had a serious medical condition. Even though he eventually overcame his health issues, he was passed from one grade to another because teachers felt bad for him.â€ť
She recalls sitting and doing her homework wondering why her brother never really had anything to do. Eventually, she noticed a change for the worse as time went by.
"Yellow-bellied sapsucker" may sound like an insult, but members of the newly formed Allegheny Highlands Bird Club know it's actually one of the many bird species living in the region. Club members are hoping to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about this bird and others with residents in Elk and surrounding counties.
"The area is really, really rich in birds and lots of different species of birds," said John Fedak, the club's president.