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Archive - May 2012 - News Article

May 14th

Johnsonburg Fire Department cuts ambulance services

May 14, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Borough Council will have to choose who will provide QRS [quick response services] services to residents of the Borough of Johnsonburg and north Ridgway Township following a suggestion from council member Duane Duffy to extricate the Johnsonburg Fire Department from providing the service.
Duffy's suggestion proceeded a letter from the fire department stating that they will cease to provide basic life support [BLS] and ambulance transport services to be effective 11:59 p.m. on June 30.
The letter was read aloud by Borough Manager Mary Polaski:

Detwiler earns prestigious PIMA honor

May 14, 2012

Tom Detwiler, Vice-President/General Manager of the Domtar-Johnsonburg Papermill, has been named the Mill Manager-of-the-Year by the Paper Industry Management Association (PIMA). Tom received this prestigious honor on April 25 at the PaperCon 2012 conference held in New Orleans, and accepted the award in front of fellow mill managers from across the country.
As recognition of his award, Tom received the high honor on April 27 when his service to the mill and community was officially noted by United States Congressman Glenn Thompson (PA-5).

May 11th

School district turns down swimming co-op

May 11, 2012

The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors voted against participating in a co-op swimming program with the St. Marys Area School District during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien said even though the board did not reach an agreement Tuesday night they will continue to work toward instituting a co-op program.

May 10th

Ethnicity Festival coming to Ridgway this weekend

May 11, 2012

A festival to celebrate ethnicity will be coming to Ridgway, May 12 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Center Street. The Taste of Ethnicity Festival is courtesy of the Elk County Historical Society. The festival will offer a variety of food and music pertaining to the major ethnicities found in Elk County in the early 1800s.

Ridgway announces Students of the Month

May 11, 2012

The Ridgway Area School District's Students of the Month were honored during Tuesday night's school board meeting.
Fifth-grader Jocelyn Viglione was selected as the Elementary School Student of the Month. Jocelyn said she was very happy to be selected because it was her first time. Her future plans are to become a hairstylist and "maybe a teacher."
If she could change the world she would help to make it a better place by cleaning up litter and helping others when they are sick.

Superintendent responds to bus incident

May 11, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg Area School District Superintendent Dennis Crotzter responded to the bus accident that occurred on the morning of May 3 that was transporting 25 Elk County children on a field trip to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

Child care center opens

May 11, 2012

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday afternoon for Karen Fox's Child Care at 235 Monterey Ave. in the Borough of Ridgway.
Fox who graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Childhood Field of Studies and having worked in a large daycare facility in Pittsburgh for a year and a half is excited to begin her next venture back in her hometown.
Unlike the large daycare facilities that care for hundreds of children, Fox says her home center provides children with valuable one-on-one time that could potentially lead to a faster development.

May 9th

Horton Township eyes fall cleaup

May 9, 2012

BROCKPORT – Following the Spring Cleanup, the Horton Township Supervisors voted in favor of reinstating a Fall Cleanup to be held Sept. 1.
Chairman Jeff Johnson said the cleanup will be held in the fall on a trial basis.
"We did get some stuff; not an overwhelming amount," Johnson said. "What we are going to try to do now is have one in the fall now to see how it goes."
According to Johnson, the township had held a cleanup twice a year.

May 8th

School board approves preliminary budget

May 9, 2012

The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a preliminary budget during Tuesday night's regular meeting, which will not include a tax increase for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
The board voted unanimously in favor of approving the preliminary budget with revenues and expenditures of $11,840,091.
According to Finance Manager Brent Rhoads, one of the first changes to the budget included the elimination of a .8 tax mill increase.

May 7th

Gardner Hill Community Church vandals sentenced in Elk County Court

May 8, 2012

Three of the five defendants charged in the vandalization of the Gardner Hill Community Church in Weedville were sentenced Monday in Elk County Court.
Martin Andrew Chicola, 22, of St. Marys, John Paul Gier, 22, of St. Marys, and Bradley Alan Vanvoorhis, 19, of Weedville, pleaded guilty to charges of felony burglary and misdemeanor criminal mischief before Judge Richard Masson during Monday's Return Day proceedings.

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