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March 17th, 2014
During Monday evening's Ridgway Borough Council meeting, Dale Fox, president of Ridgway's Heritage Council, signed up to speak in response to the recently-announced possibility of the condemnation of the Bogert House, located at 140 Main St.
According to borough manager Kim Zimmerman, due to multiple code violations and lack of progress with renovations, the borough may seek to have the building condemned.
The Ridgway YMCA's recent request for the borough to sign on as a host entity for their upcoming $1.6 million renovation project was approved by a 4-3 vote during Monday evening's council meeting.
Councilmen Rich Parrish, Sam MacDonald, Frank Quattrone and J.R. Geitner approved the borough's signing of the cooperation agreement while councilmen Steve Keener, John Casolo Jr. and council president Ralph Dussia cast negative votes.
ST. MARYS â€“ Penn Highlands Healthcare is working with an independent emergency medicine physician group to assist with provider staffing in three of the system's emergency departments, including Penn Highlands Elk.
This practice, however, has no adverse impacts on emergency department physicians currently employed at the facility and is in place only to assure a full complement of physicians, according to hospital officials.
During the recent meeting of the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors, RHS principal Heather McMahon Vargas presented information on the school's efforts to increase student opportunities through post-secondary technical school options.
FOX TWP. â€“ One person died Friday afternoon in a fatal crash on Brandy Camp Road in the 600 block near Rebco, Inc.
Kathryn J. Moriarity, 31, of Ridgway, was killed when a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 59-year-old Olen L. Pritt, also of Ridgway, flipped as he attempted to negotiate a right curve in the roadway, according to reports released Friday night.
According to the Ridgway-based state police, the car started to spin in a clockwise direction and exited the right side of the roadway. The right front corner of the car struck an embankment, causing the car to overturn.
The third annual celebrity waiter dinner, hosted by the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday, March 29 at 6 p.m. at The Royal Inn in Ridgway.
The dinner was held at the Royal in 2012 and 2013 as well and the event proved to be a night of fun and games for all involved.
Chamber members as well as the general public are invited to attend as balcony seating will be available for non-chamber members. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Tina Clancy at the Chamber of Commerce at 776-1424.
Carolyn Marie Taylor, 44, of 468 West Creek Rd, St. Marys appeared before President Judge Richard A. Masson to enter a guilty plea for a felony charge of identity theft.
The victim, Fred Grunthaner of St. Marys, looked on as Taylor offered a tearful apology in the courtroom. Taylor was charged in January of 2013 for opening several credit cards in Grunthaner's name.
One of Ridgway's prized links between past and present may soon be a distant memory of more prosperous times.
According to borough manager Kim Zimmerman, the Bogert House, ravaged by fire Jan. 28, 1990, is in violation of multiple code violations.
"I had a meeting with some people about it and itâ€™s in such poor shape that it should be condemned," Zimmerman said. "Itâ€™s a blighted property, it is not up to code at all, and being told that itâ€™s going to be turned into a hotel in a few years doesnâ€™t cut it when itâ€™s been sitting there since 1990 rotting away.
On the agenda at Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting will be the placement and enforcement of 66 parking meters along Main Street in downtown Ridgway.
According to borough manager Kim Zimmerman, the meters will most likely be enforced from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., however, the very placement of those meters goes against his recommendation to council.
"For the most part, during business hours the complaints Iâ€™m hearing are store employees parking in front of a different store, thatâ€™s where this is coming from," he said.
County officials on Thursday confirmed that a decision was made to move a polling location in Ridgway.
Ridgway Borough First Ward, formerly situated in the Agriculture Extension kitchen in the Elk County Courthouse basement will now be moved to the gymnasium in the Courthouse Annex.
â€śWe always have to make it convenient for the voters,â€ť said Kim Frey, director of the countyâ€™s elections office.