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October 9th

Wilson takes reins at Salvation Army

October 9, 2012

RIDGWAY - The Salvation Army in Ridgway will continue to shoot for the sky as Lieutenant Esther Wilson, Core Officer, takes the reins at the church and community center.
A third-generation Salvationist, Wilson went into the training school in Suffern, N.Y., roughly 45 minutes away from New York City, and her first appointment in Ridgway started back in July.
"As an ordained minister, the Salvation Army is a church, first and foremost," Wilson said. "Everything that we do is based on the love of God and the love that He has for us, and we extend that to the community.

October 8th

Council declares residence public nuisance

October 9, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Borough Council declared the residence at 208 Church St. in Johnsonburg a public nuisance during Monday afternoon's regular meeting.
On Aug. 22, a fire at the residence destroyed a single-stall garage, four residential structures and a vehicle. The residence of 208 Church St., owned by Albert Lee Abplanalp, sustained the most damage, as the fire originated in a detached single-stall garage at the property and spread to the main residence situated several feet away.

October 7th

1 million pennies for library projects

October 7, 2012

Employees and volunteers at the Ridgway Public Library are hoping to collect one million pennies as part of a fundraiser designated specifically for a new floor on the first floor of the library and a new porch.
The old tile floor area on the first floor will be redone as well as the wood on the porch outside.
According to Lann Yurchick, the library's director, it has been at least 15 years since the porch was redone.

Lack of chairperson endangers community fund

October 7, 2012

The Ridgway Area Community United Fund may have kicked off its final campaign unless a member of the community volunteers as a chairperson.
The community fund has always been housed at the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce with a chairperson recognized within the community.

October 5th

Chamber prepares for fall festivities

October 6, 2012

The Ridgway Main Street Program and Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce are teaming up once again to bring you this year's Flavors of Fall Festival to be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 in downtown Ridgway.
Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki said this year's festival will feature hay-rides beginning at the Welcome Center; wood carvings, bake sales, vendors on the courthouse lawn, crafts foods, kettle corn and much more.
Music will be provided by JB Unplugged in the Courthouse Gazebo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ridgway food bank needs volunteers

October 6, 2012

The Good Samaritan Food Bank of Ridgway is in desperate need of food and volunteers.
The food bank located behind the Ridgway BiLo in the basement of the Knights of Columbus building has been serving the community for over 30 years.
According to volunteer Jean Gier, the food bank feeds between 100 and 150 families each month.

St. Marys woman pleads guilty to mail fraud, tax evasion in federal court Friday

October 6, 2012

ERIE - A St. Marys woman charged with embezzling nearly a million dollars from her employer entered a guilty plea to charges of mail fraud and tax evasion on Friday before a U.S. District Court Judge in Erie.
It is alleged that Sandra Ann Prechtel, 49, of St. Marys, embezzled funds while in the employ of Abbott Furnace Company in St. Marys.

If you see this caterpillar, look but don't touch

October 6, 2012

Most caterpillars are harmless, but there is one specimen that area residents should take care to avoid.
The white hickory Tussock moth caterpillar (identification for the photo above was confirmed by McKean County Cooperative Extension and an entomologist at Penn State), the black-and-white insect is native to parts of Canada and the northeastern and south central United States and appears in early summer to fall.

K9 Karnival taking place today

October 6, 2012

ST. MARYS – Now in its 11th year, the annual K-9 Karnival Walk 'n Wag, sponsored by the Elk County Humane Society, is taking place this afternoon at Benzinger Park in St. Marys.
Canines of all kinds are invited to participate, with registration from 11-11:45 a.m. and the walk around the park beginning promptly at noon. All participants will receive a goodie bag with gifts for both themselves and their dog.

October 4th

Driver charged in fatal Jay Twp. crash

October 5, 2012

ST. MARYS - The driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal crash that occurred on July 11 at 3:45 a.m. on SR 255 in Byrnedale has been charged with the death of his passenger, 23-year-old Savannah O. Straub, 23, of St. Marys.

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