Archive - Sep 2011 - News Article
B. Patricia Stitt is the new Spanish and General Biology teacher at the Ridgway Area Middle/High School.
Stitt originated from Bogota, Colombia where she was a practicing veterinarian for 12 years, and an adjunct biology professor at the University in Bogota. It wasnâ€™t until 2004 that Stitt arrived in the United States and attended Clarion University for teaching.
Upon graduation, Stitt began teaching in the Otto-Eldred School District in Duke Center.
The Borough of Ridgway will use money allotted from Community Development Block Grant Funds for the remainder of repairs to the 700-foot retaining wall along Front Street.
The Borough was allotted $95,871 for financial fiscal year 2011.
"We completed about a third of it last year," said borough manager Martin Schuller. "We pressure-washed, stained and treated it."
During Monday night's meeting council members approved to submit another application to the Department of Community & Economic Development to finish the last section of the wall.
Repairs to the wall will begin in the fall.
The Elk County Gas Task Force's meeting Thursday night at the St. Marys Area Middle School drew landowners from across the region hoping to better understand the resources at their disposal, as well as their rights as property owners in the Marcellus Shale era.
Guest speakers Tom Wagner, Esq., of Meyer and Wagner in St. Marys, and Professor Ross Pifer of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, spoke with attendees about various legal aspects dealing with Marcellus Shale, beginning with the initial stages of lease negotiations.
The Ridgway YMCA will be hosting a â€śMini Groove for a Cureâ€ť event on Friday, Sept. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m.
"Since the Ridgway YMCA became an Activate America YMCA, each year we like to do something to give back to the community," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "In the past we have done such things as 'Coats for a Cause,' collected eye glasses for overseas and when Julie Lang came to me with this event I thought it would be something that we would love to host."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority is one step closer to selling 300,000 gallons of water per day to the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company after receiving approval from the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
The municipal authority began selling 157,000 gallons per day to Hunt on Aug. 22 for $8 per 1,000 gallons.
Elk County commissioners tabled tentative agreements on Tuesday with the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission for technical support.
The agreements were $6,150 for 12 months for the county and a pact for $18,450 for 12 months for the county's 911 facility.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority held their regular meeting Tuesday night to discuss the progress of the waste water treatment plant.
According to Denny Lingenfelter of Uni-Tec, the treatment plant has remained in full operation since May 31.
"Operating results have been very good and within DEP limits," Lingenfelter said. "There was a DEP site inspection last week."
As of Sept. 1, the project has incurred costs of $14,277,659.23 out of a projected budget of $14,319,088.
The Ridgway Township Supervisors approved an anti-skid bid during their regular meeting Tuesday afternoon.
"We have an anti-skid bid, we bid jointly with the Ridgway borough and Ridgway Township," said chairman John Gardner.
The low bid was awarded to Paper City Transfer Company out of Johnsonburg for $18.75 per ton.
In other business, Gardner noted that the Elk County Commissioners approved an $11,000 paving project for the township.
Supervisors approved next year's minimum municipal obligation [MMO] of $6,026 for the employee's pension plan.
The Ridgway Borough Council voted unanimously in favor of permitting the Ridgway Fire Department to pursue purchasing a new rescue/pumper truck during Monday night's regular meeting.
The cost for the truck is estimated at $475,000.
A meeting of the Fire, Police, Property, and Equipment Committee was held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the municipal building to discuss the proposal.
The fire department will pay $175,000 and is eligible for a two-percent loan of $150,000 with a payment of $964 for 15 years that the borough will pay.
After four months of waiting, Bingo at the St. Leo Catholic Church will resume on Saturday, Oct., 1 after the 5:15 p.m. mass in the newly renovated Social Hall.
The Social Hall has been closed since June 1 due to the renovations.
"We wanted to hold a grand reopening because there are a lot of faithful customers who come every week," said principal Mary Detwiler. "We want to welcome everyone back and thank them for their patience."
Participants will be given a $5 off coupon to welcome them back. Giveaways and Bingo dollars will also be distributed.