Archive - Sep 2011 - News Article
New York Times bestseller Immaculee Ilibagiza gave a powerful presentation in the Ridgway Area High School auditorium Thursday night recounting her personal experience of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Deacon Larry Caggeso opened the program introducing Immaculee.
Nicole Kuleck, the new fourth-grade learning support and emotional support teacher at the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School, is back in the district she grew up in.
âBeing a native of Ridgway, I graduated from the Ridgway Area School District,â Kuleck said. âI love being a part of the Ridgway school district family.Â Working here has been something that I have dreamed about for a long time and I am so happy that it is now a dream come true.â
MT. JEWETT â A tornado in July 2003 toppled the midsection of the Kinzua Viaduct and virtually knocked out the area's major tourist attraction.
Mother Nature won this battle, but the ingenuity of man has overcome that setback with the construction of the Kinzua Sky Walk-- a pedestrian walkway built atop the very towers that once supported the historic Kinzua Bridge near Mt. Jewett.
HARRISBURG â After being shut out for the past two years, an Elk County resident was finally selected in this year's elk license drawing, which was held by the Pennsylvania Game Commission at the main headquarters in Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon. The drawing was originally scheduled to be held on Friday, Sept. 9, but was delayed due to flooding in the Harrisburg area.
As has been the case since the event was moved back to Harrisburg, the drawing was broadcast via live video feed on the Game Commission's website.
JOHNSONBURG â Kristine Breindel, the new Title I reading teacher at Johnsonburg Elementary School, can truly share her love for reading with her students because she says she truly does love to read.
âI realize this sounds clichĂ© but I truly do love to read,â Breindel said. âMy family always comments on how I spend my spare time reading.â
Breindel enjoys teaching because she gets to help her students with a meaningful task.
âI enjoy being there each day to work with the students in order to provide reading and writing support in a relevant and meaningful way,â said Breindel.
JOHNSONBURG â Changes to the bus routes in the Johnsonburg Area School District have forced many parents to question their children's safety.
A large group of concerned parents attended Thursday night's school board meeting looking for answers to the change.
Ridgway Area School District superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien reviewed the board's goals for the upcoming year during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
"As you know we started to and we will continue to review our goals to help us understand why we are here," O'Brien said. "One of our goals is that our students will become creative problem solvers with the ability to synthesize and analyze possible solutions to challenging problems."
Another goal of the board is to make sure the students are receiving comprehensive literacy skills.
SMETHPORT â The âRails To Trailsâ feasibility study has been finalized and now is available for public inspection at the county planning office.
The McKean County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday that claims the âproject was completed in accordance with the grant agreement.â
âThe plan and related materials will be used to guide future recreation and conservation decisions,â the commissioners said in the resolution adopted at a meeting at the county courthouse.
JOHNSONBURG â The Johnsonburg Borough Council held their regular meeting Monday afternoon to approve a number of bids.
Council voted unanimously in favor of approving a $16,600 bid proposed by Paul Asti to renovate an existing bathroom in the Community Center into a handicap accessible one.
WILCOX â The Jones Township Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of raising the earned income tax of out-of-state workers to one percent during Monday night's meeting.
This township raised the earned income tax by .5 percent.
"Currently our ordinance allows for .5 percent to be collected from out-of-state workers," said chairman Mike DePonceau. "Do we want to raise this to one percent? Residents in most Pennsylvania municipalities pay one percent of earned income tax, which is split between municipalities and school districts."