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February 20th, 2014
Early on in his papacy, Pope Francis drew criticism with remarks that the Catholic Church had become obsessed with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that the Church had been guilty of putting dogma before love.
Recently, the Pope issued a survey to Catholics worldwide to get a â€śsense of the faithfulâ€ť concerning the Churchâ€™s teachings on family-related issues. The overall results in America remain to be seen, but bishops in Switzerland and Germany have said that the results suggest that most Catholics find the Churchâ€™s teachings surrounding sex to be outdated and unrealistic.
The Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors approved the plans for TREK Development's subdivision plan, which has been in the works for several months now.
The subdivision will be a 20-unit senior housing village located behind Ridgmont Personal Care Home, located along Montmorenci Road. The plan was originally approved by the township's zoning hearing board in December and has passed through several stages including approval from the Elk County Planning Department and Ridgway Township Planning Committee before reaching the hands of the township supervisors.
The Ridgway Area School Board of Directors on Tuesday night approved the renewal of superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien's contract for an additional five years. The contract is set to expire in June of 2019.
The Elk County Courthouse is still on track to have a single point of entry starting March 1.
The commissioners reported on Tuesday that the only entrance available for use, which also is handicap-accessible, will be the door behind the building and in front of the Elk County Prison.
During their regular meeting held Monday evening, the Ridgway Borough Council approved the subdivision line for TREK Development's upcoming project along Montmorenci Road. The subdivision, located near Ridgmont, is set to be a 20-unit senior living village similar to the Laurelbrooke Landing facility located in Brookville.
Council approved the motion to subdivide the current property by a 6-to-1 vote.
KERSEY â€“ An early morning fire on Sunday significantly damaged a house at 204 Dagus Mines Rd. in Kersey.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township) and Fox Township Ambulance were dispatched at 5:03 a.m. and Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) followed at 5:20 a.m.
According to Scott Surra, Fox Township fire chief, smoke was visible from the structure upon arrival and the homeowners said there was visible fire in the attic of the home.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors discussed the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year which will see the school year starting earlier than usual on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Superintendent Dennis Crotzer explained his reasoning behind the early start.
"An early start allows us more instructional days before the PSSA and Keystone exams," Crotzer said. "The test dates will not be moved back due to bad weather; the dates will only be extended but we must have instructional days to prepare for these tests."
WILCOX â€“ Due to the increase in funds expected for 2015 from the state's dirt and gravel roads program, the Jones Township Board of Supervisors is looking into new projects to take on with the funding.
The state has increased its dirt and gravel road funding sevenfold statewide from $5 million to $35 million which is expected to be received by municipalities in 2015. In the past, Pennsylvania counties have received $4 million in funding while the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources [DCNR] has received $1 million.
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors agreed Wednesday to challenge the issuance of a federal permit for a wastewater disposal well near James City.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) two weeks ago approved a 10-year permit for the controversial underground "injection well" along Lamont Road near Route 66.
The permit has been issued to Seneca Resources-- the exploration and production wing of National Fuel Gas of Williamsville near Buffalo.
During their regular board meeting held Tuesday evening, the Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution stating their opposition to the high school graduation exam administered by the state. If high school students do not pass three subject-based exams in the areas of algebra I, biology and literature, they are not permitted to graduate.
The school board passed the resolution in order to show their disapproval of the current system and put into formal verbiage their opinion on the topic.