Archive - 2014 - News Article
The Elk County Historical Society will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a summer celebration to be held on Saturday, May 31.
The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a presentation on the history of the society from its beginnings in 1964 at the first unofficial meeting at the Ridgway YMCA to its present-day locale along Center Street.
Mary Kalinowski, executive director of the Elk County Historical Society, will be presenting along with Fritz Lecker of state Representative Matt Gabler's office.
In celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program in Pennsylvania, local officials in Ridgway on Wednesday highlighted their own initiative during a meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board.
"WIC is a critical component of who we are and what we do as a regional organization," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central.
On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien made a presentation to the board as well as several district residents entitled "Public Education, Battle of Money vs. Student Opportunities," in order to address some of the questions and comments that have been circulating concerning the district's budget making process.
Following O'Brien's presentation, district finance manager Brent Rhoads presented additional information on the updated proposed final budget which will be presented for a vote during the June board meeting.
Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, Pa. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) were in town Tuesday morning and into the early afternoon to assess the flood damage that ravaged Ridgway last week.
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman and Ray Imhof, emergency coordinator for both Ridgway Borough and Township, and assistant fire chief, spoke Tuesday morning of the severity of the disaster during an emergency briefing downtown.
A woman drowned and a man was injured Saturday afternoon while canoeing on the Clarion River near Portland Mills Road in Ridgway Township.
The woman, whose name has not yet been released, became trapped underwater after canoers reportedly got hung up on a pylon on Portland Mills Bridge.
The man was trapped with his head above water and was later reportedly flown to UPMC Altoona for treatment of a leg injury.
At least one person in the group of canoers was charged with public drunkenness, according to reports from PSP Ridgway.
Area residents gathered Monday morning in Ridgway for a solemn Memorial Day parade and ceremony.
Just days removed from a flood that ravaged the town, residents came together to remember the nation's fallen heroes.
Members of the Ridgway Servicemen's Burial Detail led the parade down Main Street shortly after 10 a.m. Monday morning followed by members of the Ridgway Area High School marching band, and members of local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
Fire trucks from Ridgway and Johnsonburg also took part in the parade, followed by the Ridgway Ambulance Corp.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Catholic High School honored the accomplishments of the Class of 2014
on Sunday afternoon during the school's annual commencement exercises.
Family and friends of the 62 members of the senior class filled the auditorium for the 12:30 p.m. ceremony, which lasted about one hour.
Preliminary reports indicate at least one person is dead after an accident on the Clarion River in the Portland Mills area.
Emergency responders were called to the vicinity of 35080 Portland Mills Rd. in Ridgway Township for an initial report of five individuals in the water, including at least one with injuries. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were called at 3 p.m., and fire chief Scott Pontious later called for a swift water rescue team from Clearfield County to the scene. The coroner was requested to the scene.
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency [PEMA] officials continued to work hand-in-hand with area residents and emergency officials Friday to assess the damage from Wednesday's flooding that ravaged Elk County, particularly Ridgway where floodwaters reached six feet in some areas.
Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) attended an emergency briefing early Friday morning with emergency responders and government officials in Ridgway Borough's emergency operations center.
Cleanup and relief efforts from Wednesday's flood continued Friday afternoon in the borough of Ridgway as restoration crews could be seen all around the borough where the flood hit hardest.
Cleanup crews were at Dan Dickinson Apartments Friday (high-rise) helping in efforts to restore first-floor apartments and the area. Crews were seen gutting many of the apartments as the floors in the first-floor residences still had muddy residue strewn about. A hallway in the first floor had to have its carpet and tiles removed due to worry about mold growth.